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Spooky Brake Opinions?(4 posts)

Spooky Brake Opinions?triangleforge
Sep 20, 2001 6:55 AM
Any experience with the brakes from Spooky in the Netherlands? I'm pretty sure I've eked out all the performance I'm going to get out of the low-profile Shimano cantis I've got now and still don't like the way they work in the wet, so am thinking of going to a better set.
re: Spooky Brake Opinions?dug
Sep 21, 2001 6:04 AM
Their butt ugly, but they work well. Easy to set up. Good strong spring.
Easy to set up???Jan Gerrit Klok = "TUFO-man"
Sep 22, 2001 2:33 AM
Me and the mecanic at the LBS (a real pro, believe me), have had mayor pains setting them up.
The small allens make it so difficult to apply any force for tightening the cable an so forth.

Somehow the springs are way too strong on my rear brake, but that could be the holes in my fram awkwardly positioned.

The LEA system doesn't seem very helpfull to make the pads hit the rim simultaniously.

And what do I hear about pads? Mine came without pads, what kind did you get on them?

But I must add, the way they work on my ladyfriends bike is really great, it feels like v-brakes that offer enough stopping power, but without endo-responsiveness.

I personally have great difficulty finding a way of setting them up where the cable is tight enough to have the brake react on few cable pull, and still having enough cablelenght left to be able to hook it loose at the brake for removing a wheel. Perhaps I should make my triangle higher?

Oh, and it seems like you have to use a large tools to bend the brake to put the pads into position, there are zero tuning options. Especially unpractical that I miss the vertical adjustment.

I'll gice them a chance this winter, see how they put up compared to my Shorty 4's on the spare bike.
re: Spooky Brake Opinions?Wayne
Sep 21, 2001 8:02 AM
I use them but they're the only one's I've ever used, so can't really compare their stopping power to others. I would agree that they have a very strong spring and the pads seem to hold up well. I used them for a full season of cross racing and a year of commuting now and there appears to be plenty of pad left.