Tektro brake calipers: Good, fair or...

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by LouisN, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. LouisN

    LouisN New Member

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    Hi, I bought Tektro rx 40 brake calipers for road racing. Are they worth it ? Will I kill myself riding 3000 mi. a year on those?That much lower end than Shimano or Campy? Is the alloy that much cheaper or REALLY it's a Trademark Thing?
    Thanks guys and girls.
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    capwater New Member

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    They are fine, maybe comparable to shimano 105 level. Tektro makes brakes for many companies which re-brand them.
     
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    I seem to recall reading reviews on some Tektro-equipped bikes such as the Giant TCR series, where the reviewers mentioned repeatedly how sub-par the braking system performed. They'd upgrade to Ultegra or Dura-Ace and would feel an immediate change in performance. I'm sure the Tektro's will stop you, but it doesn't sound like they're terribly performance-oriented.
     
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    A big part of may be related to lower quality brake shoes. I think that an upgrade to kool-stop pads makes the cheaper brakes a lot better.
     
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    My old bike had Tektro rx 20's on it (I'm assuming that is a level or two lower than your 50's) I HATED them. I found them to be rather grabby and unreliable no matter how they were adjusted. If I had been keeping that bike I would have changed the brakes to something better.

    oh - and putting better brake pads on them did nothing to change how they performed for me.
     
  6. LouisN

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    Hi there,

    Just discovered I had RX 20g models! Not Rx40. :(

    Now I'm totally in the dark. They say these are triathlon brakes. What's the difference between these and road race or performance brakes???:confused:

    Thanks Eden anyways, from your reviews, I guess I will probably throw them on Ebay or something...
    LouisN
     
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