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Brake caliper question-zero gravity/cats claw(4 posts)

Brake caliper question-zero gravity/cats clawhokeypokey3
Feb 3, 2004 2:31 PM
Has anyone used or have any insight on Zero Gravity / Cats Claw brake calipers? I recently saw them in an article and subsequently on the website. They are incredible! They are ridiculously expensive, but isn't that what bike part lust is all about?
Any personal experience with them would help.
Thanks, Tim
I used the Cat Clawsrussw19
Feb 3, 2004 3:50 PM
I had a pair of Cat Claws and I was not personally impressed. I know a couple others on here have said they use them and like them. I didn't like the loss of stopping power or modulation over the dual pivot Dura-Ace or Record Differential brakes I have on other bikes.

I bought a pair of the Cats and very shortly after I got them a customer came into the bike shop I work at and offered me quite a bit more than I paid for them. He just had to have them and I wasn't sorry to let them go.

I know you will get some other opinions about these, but that was my experience with them. A lot of how they ride actaully depends on the brake pads with them too, so if you do get them, use Kool Stop Salmon pads or the Cane Creek green pads. They will improve the power of these over normal aztec pads that came with mine. For the price you pay for these brakes, I would choose a modified Dia Compe brake like the Cane Creek 200s or Brew Race Lites, but that's just my opinion.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you race in a hilly area, you may want to stick with heavier but better performing brakes like the Record D's or dual pivot Shimanos. Being able to stop in a hurry or control your speed on a descent is way more important than saving 50 grams so your bike is lighter for the climbs. If you can't stop going up hill, just stop pedaling. I have never seen anyone go off the side of the road into a ditch while climbing up the hill. I have seen it on the other side. Keep that in mind when you are thinking about your brakes. Being able to stop is often just as important as being able to go fast.

I used the Cat Clawsrogue_CT1
Feb 3, 2004 8:39 PM
A lot of the problems have been fixed and they are now being sold under the name of Zero Gravity. Here's a link to their site:

Not only are they 20 grms lighter than the CAT-USA version, they cost less too!
re: Brake caliper question-zero gravity/cats clawCdaleSteve
Feb 4, 2004 9:34 AM
I just recently saw those too after being mentioned in Simply an incredible looking brake. I was wondering if the Cat-Claw version had the same cam mechanism designed, as they say of course, to give a 2:1 leverage ratio. Zero gravity states that two professional teams will be running this year, so maybe these new versions have fixed the problems. Still just too expensive though.