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Need new brakes - Tekro 423AG any opinions???(5 posts)

Need new brakes - Tekro 423AG any opinions???t-moore
Mar 12, 2003 12:16 PM
Have an 01 LeMond Nevada City, and I am about ready to replace the generic brakes. Chucks has these Tekro brakes available for $35.00

Is that a good buy, or should I look elsewere, like Shimano.

Thanks in advance...
re: Need new brakes - Tekro 423AG any opinions???zmarke
Mar 12, 2003 1:16 PM
I have a brand new pair of Shimano rx-100 brake calipers. It is an older group that is no longer made but it is Tiagra level with 39-49mm reach. They are better than the Tektro's but that is just an opinion. I could post them on my ebay account with a buy it now price. I have a 50 feedback rating all which are positive.

I borrowed the picture from another site but I have the same calipers new in the package. Never mounted.

Let me know.
re: Need new brakes - Tekro 423AG any opinions???jwarrenod
Mar 12, 2003 1:50 PM
Go to your LBS and see what they have in their "removed and not reinstalled" bin. I just bought a pair of 8spd 105 brakes for $40 at mine. They had been original equip on a bike that the new owner wanted Ultegra on so they swapped them out. Good deal for me. On Ebay every pair of shimano 105 brake calipers ended up at 90% of Specialized's price.

I love mine...gafino
Mar 12, 2003 10:51 PM
Been using the Tektro for almost 11 months on my Giant OCR2. Good thing:
- brakes well.
- looks good.
- dual pivot.
- slightly heavier than 105.
- has special screw to align.

They're fine.jw25
Mar 13, 2003 1:48 PM
I picked a set up a year ago, and aside from polishing the logos off (Mothers mag polish, just enough to remove the black, but no more - otherwise you remove the clear anodizing, and they'll turn cloudy), and replacing the pads with Kool-Stop salmons for the nasty east coast weather, they've needed no maintenance.
Weight's close to Ultegra, I believe, and they do come with cartridge pads, which take Shimano-compatible replacements.
I'm thinking about replacing the cable adjusters with derailleur adjusters, as the stockers depend on a lockring being tightened down, and if it comes loose, the adjuster can walk itself into the brake, so you get mushier brakes.
Not a big deal, but annoying. The o-rings on the lock-rings age pretty fast, but they're just as usuable bare.