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Anyone try these brakes yet? [0](6 posts)

Anyone try these brakes yet? [0]pedalAZ
Nov 6, 2003 9:54 AM
New from C.A.T. U.S.A., only 200-210 grams for 2 pair, and allegedly lots of stopping power. Of course, all that good news comes at the price of $380. They look pretty serious.

second photo upload attempt . . .pedalAZ
Nov 6, 2003 10:02 AM
Are these brakes machined?dgangi
Nov 6, 2003 9:11 PM
Those brakes look pretty cool. Are they machined? If so, then that's definitely a big plus in my book. Nothing sets a bike apart from "ho-hum" bikes like machined components, even if they don't work any better than their cast/forged counterparts.

I had a set of Proshift (now defunct) brakes on my old Trek 8000. The brake levers were red machined and the brakes themselves were natural machined aluminum. They were soooo light and really sharp looking. But after 5 years of abuse they finally came apart and I had to replace them with Avid 7's. The Avid's look so incredibly boring compared to my old Proshifts, but sadly enough they work just as well (or better). But truth be told, had I not broken those old Proshifts they would still be on that bike!

Not me, but others...PsyDoc
Nov 6, 2003 10:28 AM
...have and really like them. Read about them at the Calfee forum:
I didn't think they were that great..russw19
Nov 6, 2003 5:27 PM
But that was just my opinion. I bought a set back in March and took them back off after about 3 weeks. The good thing about them was that I bought them at cost thru a shop and sold them for $25 more than what I paid for them to someone else who was just dying to have them.

They were super light, but I didn't like their feel or the lack of power. They stop about as well as the Cane Creeks, but the Cane Creeks (which are just modified Dia-Compe brakes) felt a little better to me. I liked the modulation better. Plus they are a lot cheaper. Another good light brake to check out that is also a modified Dia-Compe is the Brew brakes.

But those are just my opinions... take it for what it's worth.

Great, light, sharp, expensiveglia
Nov 6, 2003 7:24 PM
I bought a set a couple of months ago. They are a little finnicky to adjust. However, once adjusted, they brake as well as Dura-Ace. They ship with cheap pads in Dura-Ace like holders. I suggest to put real Dura-Ace pad in or us use Aztec Ti pads which make the whole set even lighter. Overall I would say you get about equal performance to Dura-Ace if you use Dura-Ace pads. With the Aztecs you sacrifice a little but not much. Here's the good part...weight 134g real weight for the brake plus 22g for each set of the Aztecs for a total of 178g!! Add the sharp modern black look. The bad part, the brake sets you back $380, the pads another $40. But hey, life is short...