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Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake - Single Brake for Front or Rear Use. Order (2) for a complete bike.
* Dual tension adjusters
* Pads are factory installed for rear wheel. For front wheel interchange the pads
Great stopping power - classic design. The key to these is to use the full length of the straddle cable to get the correct mechanical advantage that these brakes were designed for. A shorter straddle cable length will yield less stopping power.
Easy setup (for cantis), nice finish, nice design and they stop well. The included pads could be improved, which is why I gave 4 stars and not 5: They are rough on your rims and leave a nasty black residue after riding in the rain. I switched them out for KoolStop Salmon pads and the performance and cleanliness has much improved. Just factor that into the cost of the brakes--I think they are still a pretty good deal. I use them with Shimano 600 levers.
I purchased these for a budget cx build and it is my first ever set of canti brakes. I came from a mountain bike v-brake background and then moved to a road brakes on my road bike. These just did not have sufficient stopping power for my tastes, despite installing Kool Stop Salmon pads. I weight about 215 lb. so that might have at least something to do with it. I ended up switching over to mini-v brakes and am much happier as they fit my riding style of braking very late. But, for the price, these are a pretty decent value.
I put these on my All City Space Horse. I love the retro/utilitarian looks, and for the money probably not a better brake value out there. Its my first time with Cantis and I would say the stopping power and modulation is not quite as nice feeling as with the mtn Vbrakes and road calipers I am used to. Easy to set up and adjust, tho and tons of room for big tires.
I have these on my surly long haul trucker. Compared to my experience with other cantilever brakes - these are endlessly superior. They are easy to adjust (which not all canti's are) and they have a very minimal, industrial aesthetic which I like. Recommend.