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Just how much better are Ultegra brakes over no name?(4 posts)

Just how much better are Ultegra brakes over no name?Eug
Jun 2, 2003 4:17 AM
My bike is mostly Shimano 105, but it came with some noname aluminum brakes that are dual-pivot Shimano knockoffs. (The brake levers are Shimano 105 though.)

If set up correctly, they seem to work fine. Has anyone had problems with the nonames? So far the main problem I've had is a loose tensioning screw - corrected with loctite - and a little fiddliness in set up. But otherwise them seem OK.

However, on my MTB I swapped my cheap Tektro brakes to XT when part of one of the arms snapped right off when I was tightening a screw. If noname road bike brakes are equally poorly constructed, I'd be inclined to simply order a pair of Ultegras.
Depends.Spoke Wrench
Jun 2, 2003 4:34 AM
I think that the big differences in component quality fall into three areas: Quality of materials, quality of finish, and quality of fasteners.

Finish can be much more than cosmetic. Parts that are finished better "move" more reliably. Poorly finished parts tend to hang up while you are trying to adjust them, then overshoot the mark when you pass the burr or whatever was hanging up.
even 105's would be a huge improvement......surly357
Jun 2, 2003 10:50 AM
Your brakes are no place to settle for 'ok'.I see that buck shaving scheme on new road bikes daily and I hate it!! The difference in braking feel and setup ease between Shimano and Pro Max, Tektro, and the totally generic no names is like night and day. Other than saving some cash where they think you won't notice until you get the bike home, there is NO reason for these brakes to exist. Do yourself a favor,upgrade today!
Thanks, I have ordered Ultegras for $56...Eug
Jun 2, 2003 12:17 PM
Good deal at $70 at Nashbar, plus a 20% off coupon. (Check the Hot Deal Forum for the code.)