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I need a set of good 57mm brake calipers. Can anyone suggest some? Right now I have a set of Tektro BR7304s

http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_STOR20.cgi?Action=Details&ProdID=195

Braking power seems pretty weak with these. I'm using them with a set of DuraAce 7700 levers, with DA cables and sleeves.

I'm looking at a set of Shimano brakes brakes but don't want to spend the money and be in the same situation I'm in now.

http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-BR-600-Front-57-mm-brake/dp/B000MISVT2

Any suggestions?

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Jared
 

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Long reach brakes will generally feel less solid than short reach since you have less machanical advantage. What kind of bike are these on? What type of rims? I suspect better brake pads specific to the rim material will make a bigger difference in stopping power than going with a new set of calipers. Tektro's are pretty good brakes for the money.

Alternativly you could try something like this :)
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/home-drop.html
Which would allow you to more powerfull short reach calipers.

Shawn
 

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Pads?

You didn't say what pads you have. If they're stock, try upgrading to something like Koolstop salmon. It will make a big difference, and quite possibly get acceptable performance.
 

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Even better upgrade

JCavilia said:
You didn't say what pads you have. If they're stock, try upgrading to something like Koolstop salmon. It will make a big difference, and quite possibly get acceptable performance.
I agree, only I would go one step further and upgrade to the KoolStop pads and pad holders. The pad holders have orbital washers which allow the pad to be aligned parallel to the rim for maximum contact. Plus, for $34 (2 sets) one gets the holders w/ dual-compound pads plus spare salmon pads.

http://www.westernbikeworks.com/productdetail.asp?p=KSHDC
 

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The bike is a SOMA Smoothie ES. Aluminum rims with machined side walls.

For the front brake I'm running a set of dual compound v-brake pads. The rear has the "stock" pads that came with the bike. I have ample power on the rear brake to lock up the wheel...I'm mainly worried about the front brake since it does the majority of the braking. I have a decent amount of braking power, I'm just used to short reach calipers that stopped me on a dime (same rims actually). I enjoy having lots of stopping power...

That homemade drop scares me...especially on a front brake. I guess I could always get a "normal" road fork that will accept short reach calipers.

I haven't gone to the salmon pads yet because I heard they really chewed up rims. But I might have to give them a shot.

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averen said:
I haven't gone to the salmon pads yet because I heard they really chewed up rims. But I might have to give them a shot.
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Jared
Never heard that, and never saw it in many years of using them (and their predecessor Scott Matthauser) on many different alu rims.

And Eric is right about the Koolstop holder hardware. Excellent stuff.
 

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JCavilia said:
Never heard that, and never saw it in many years of using them (and their predecessor Scott Matthauser) on many different alu rims.

And Eric is right about the Koolstop holder hardware. Excellent stuff.
Maybe I just read these forums too much :)

I'll see if I can find the KoolStop holders and pads locally.

Thanks!
Jared
 
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