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    • CommentAuthorVama
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
     
    I'm sure this has been discussed to death but...

    so I'm now unemployed but got a deal on a bike I can't pass up. however, I ride with a brake (sorry, too much traffic/hills to go without) and this has none, so I need to pick up a front caliper brake. I have a left tektro x-lever (right one is one my other bike) but I need the actual brake. now, I was going to buy a shimano 105 front brake but that whole unemployment thing kinda means I have to pull the trigger on the new bike and cut corners... are there other reasonable front caliper brakes for cheaper or should I just be looking for a used 105 (or put off riding the thing seriously for a little while and just tool around on it for the moment)?
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    Go to your LBS and see what they have on the cheap or used for the time being, then save up for the 105
    • CommentAuthorVama
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
     
    I certainly have several LBS's that I like/patronize, but curious as to opinions on calipers here... been laid up sick for a few days and would love to hear opinions while I'm not able to pop by shops. I see my brake as the last line of defense between me and death/injury, and so am interested in reliable, inexpensive calipers. the 105 front is not too expensive, really, but I would love to be riding as aggressively on the new bike ASAP as I do currently.
  2.  
    Tektro makes good knockoffs of Shimano stuff. I always get those, with Kool-Stop pads.
    • CommentAuthorBamfs01
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010 edited
     
    I like the Tektro stuff too and have had good (but limited) experience with them.

    $50 for the set and they've held up to regular use for over a year:

    https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=20894&category=34

    [edit]: They're made in silver too
    • CommentAuthoreaglerock
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010 edited
     
    Posted By: VamaI certainly have several LBS's that I like/patronize

    Is there a reason you're not going to the Bike Kitchen (or Cycles of Change, or Waterside Workshops/Street Level Cycles, or Trips for Kids) and rooting around for a used caliper?
    • CommentAuthorVama
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
     
    thinking of that as well... but as I said, home sick.
    • CommentAuthorwes m.
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
     
    There is no reason to not buy a used dual pivot brake. Dual pivot brakes are one of those parts that will last and last. You wont notice a difference.
    • CommentAuthoreaglerock
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
     
    Posted By: wes m.There is no reason to not buy a used dual pivot brake. Dual pivot brakes are one of those parts that will last and last. You wont notice a difference.

    And brand probably doesn't really matter, either. A lot of the lower-end Campagnolo DP calipers (Veloce, Mirage) can be gotten for sandwich money, and they'll brake just fine.
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
     
    Posted By: eaglerockMirage


    I got a pair for next to nothing, i think like $30?
    • CommentAuthoreaglerock
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
     
    Posted By: veggieI got a pair for next to nothing, i think like $30?

    Makes sense. I got a used set of Veloces off eBay for about $15 including shipping, which I split to use on this, where it successfully stops a great big guy. Studly brakes; just not as light or pretty as the fancy/expensive ones.
    • CommentAuthorveggie
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
     
    Matte black is fine by me.
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    Posted By: eaglerockA lot of the lower-end Campagnolo DP calipers (Veloce, Mirage) can be gotten for sandwich money, and they'll brake just fine.

    I would advise against their Xenon calipers, however. They are the lowest end, almost completely OEM only, and they suck wildly.
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    I got a set of Cannondale CODA calipers off flea-bay for like 16 bucks and 4.50 shipping. Very nice looking and effective.
 
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