Long Reach Brakes

cal_stewart
cal_stewart Posts: 1,840
edited September 2010 in Road buying advice
Getting a custom steel frame for year round trainer. As i want to run 25mm tyres with guards and 28mm without i think i want need long reach brakes.

Who makes them and which ones are the most powerful, as i can't seem to find much info on them.

Please feel free to tell me that i'm a prat if i don't need them.
eating parmos since 1981

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Comments

  • balthazar
    balthazar Posts: 1,565
    "powerful" is only a matter of leverage, or mechanical advantage, which is likely the same with any brakes that will fit your bike. You probably need "57mm drop" brakes which are commonly supplied by Shimano or Tektro. Peruse this page:

    http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brakes-caliper-dept601_pg1/

    for some options.
  • doyler78
    doyler78 Posts: 1,951
    I just got these brakes.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Shima ... 360037370/

    I have them on my Titanium frame which is my all year bike. I can't tell any difference between them and my other normal reach brakes.
  • does anyone know what the pros run at PR if their NOT on a crossbike.

    do campag do any as thats whats going on it.
    eating parmos since 1981

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  • Cant promise on your frame but Ive just replaced the (pretty poor) Condor branded deep drop brakes on my Condor Fratello with Centaur Skeleton brakes - still fit and work fine with guards/25mm tyres - and feel far better.
  • andybrock wrote:
    Cant promise on your frame but Ive just replaced the (pretty poor) Condor branded deep drop brakes on my Condor Fratello with Centaur Skeleton brakes - still fit and work fine with guards/25mm tyres - and feel far better.

    Cheers mate. I'm hoping I can do the same
    eating parmos since 1981

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  • I've got those Shimanos on my Kinesis Racelight and they're just as powerful as "normal" reach brakes.
  • Velonutter
    Velonutter Posts: 2,437
    Campag don't make long reach brakes, however I have some older Campag Record Brakes that reach further for my Kinesis Granfondo, when none of the other brakes will reach.

    My future Son-In law had to run Tekro long reach on his Kinesis T2
  • do you know what year records
    eating parmos since 1981

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  • I wouldn't mind replacing the Tektro long reach calipers on my tourer with other long reach ones, if there's a difference in stopping power. Really poor performance, or just no way of improving it because of the longer travel and therefore less leverage?

    Might replace front one and see if it makes any difference.
    Say... That's a nice bike..
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  • These get very good reviews here in the States. A little pricey but supposedly the best long reach stoppers available. http://www.velo-orange.com/grcrulorecab.html
  • I've recently built up a TK2 with Tectro R538 long reach brakes and I was surprised at how poor they were compared to standard road brakes. You've really got to pull hard on them to get any decent bite which isn't great as this is a winter trainer and meant for poor weather. This may be down to the pads that come equipped with them as standard, changing to koolstop or shimano pads may improve things....
  • mrushton
    mrushton Posts: 5,182
    Those Grand Cru look nice but for the money the Shimano R650 'Ultegra' model is superb. As well engineered as the standard drop. Have a look at www.rivbike.com and Paul components to see if there is anything else. The Shimano don't flex when you apply the brake.
    M.Rushton
  • derosa
    derosa Posts: 2,819
    Shimano R650 all the way. Can't fault 'em.

    Big H

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
  • moonshine
    moonshine Posts: 1,021
    i've the shimano R450's on my fixed gear winter bike - again, perfectly good.
  • vorsprung
    vorsprung Posts: 1,953
    I had long drop tektros on my old campag equipped Ti bike. I was running 28mm + guards

    With koolstop blocks the brakes were great
  • Velonutter
    Velonutter Posts: 2,437
    do you know what year records

    I'm not sure Cal, not sure where the serial no. is, they aren't long enough for the really long drops, but perfect for my Granfondo 8)