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Better braking

Postby mabbo » Thu Nov 22, 2012 16:03 pm

Despite the use of mudguards my Defy 1 is getting splattered on my commutes, so I am thinking of using my old,(23 years plus), Giant for my commuting this winter. I do 36 miles per day, two three days, dependant on temperature.

The old steed performs in a perfectly respectable manner except braking, when compared to the brakes on the Defy,(Shimano 105's), it's pretty poor.

Wishing to avoid any expense on the old thing, any ideas on what could be dione to improve the braking? Any similar experience and advice on particular brake blocks? Obviously looking at damp conditions?

The brakes on it are Shimano Exage, single pivot type.

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Re: Better braking

Postby g00se » Thu Nov 22, 2012 16:41 pm

You could go for some budget dual pivots. Something like these are half decent. ... liper-set/

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Re: Better braking

Postby smiley_boy2501 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 22:54 pm

Green Swisstop pads are brilliant in the wet. Durability is lessened but I get around 1500-2000 miles.

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Re: Better braking

Postby Welsh boy » Sat Nov 24, 2012 08:56 am

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Re: Better braking

Postby chrisw12 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 13:44 pm

I know you said you don't want to spend much money but is that wise when it comes to brakes?
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When the blocks wear and you save a few more pennies then get green swisstops as well.

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Re: Better braking

Postby crankycrank » Sun Nov 25, 2012 15:03 pm

smiley_boy2501 wrote:Green Swisstop pads are brilliant in the wet. Durability is lessened but I get around 1500-2000 miles.

This. Koolstop Salmons are also another good choice. An upgrade in better brake calipers would certainly help but just switching to better blocks will make the biggest difference. Try some new blocks and if they don't stop good enough for you only then should you think about spending money on new calipers.

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Re: Better braking

Postby declan1 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 17:08 pm

Brakes are one thing I like to spend money on. Got one of these for the front the other day: ... elID=27807

My bike has mudguard clearance and the original short drop brakes were touching the tyres.

With the new ones I can easily lift the rear wheel even in the wet. I could imagine the short-drop equivalent (105/Ultegra) would be even better.

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Re: Better braking

Postby racingcondor » Mon Nov 26, 2012 13:30 pm

A quick Google of Shimano Exage suggest that you have one piece brake blocks rather than seperate shoes and pads. I'd get a set of Swiss Stop or Kool Stop Salmons with housing (makes a big difference in the stiffness of the pad itself which improves power and modulation).

Other than that you're limited by the current set being single pivot so your other sensible option would be to replace (2nd hand 105 would probably work wonders but I don't know if the cable pull ratios are the same on more modern brakes).

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