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froglegs vs mr grumpyindyjones
Oct 22, 2001 7:00 PM
Hey, I am putting together a cross bike and am now agonizing (probably unnecessarily)over what brakes to get. I want to spend <$100, and I am using STI levers. I am leaning toward canti's because of the clearance, and also I just like the asthetics of a nice elegant cantilever brake. So I am looking hard at the Empella Froglegs and the new Belgium model by SRP which is a cheaper version of Mr. Grumpy. Lower on the list are the Avid shorty's, and the Paul's neo-retro, which is very cool, but also too expensive. Anybody have any advice? Thanks.
Good brakes with good pads.Ahimsa
Oct 22, 2001 7:28 PM
Ritchey WCS $59.99

re: froglegs vs mr grumpybn
Oct 23, 2001 3:16 AM
good choices all, but I might add these to the list ($35 per pair at Excel)
redline radius brakesturtle
Oct 23, 2001 4:21 AM
I agree with the last post. I just got the redline brakes from excel(same as pictured, but mine are black) and they work very well. They were cheap, easy to set up, and give plenty of stoping power. What else can you ask for from a cross brake.

Good luck,

redline radius brakesThe Walrus
Oct 23, 2001 9:53 AM
Re: the Redline brakes--how are they as far as squealing is concerned? I'm thinking about replacing my Avid Shorty cantis--can't complain about the stopping power, but there are times when they're audible a quarter-mile away no matter what I do (pads flat, toed-in, toed-out, one in/one out, pads sanded, rims deglazed...)
redline radius brakesrawket
Oct 23, 2001 3:51 PM
Mine do not squeak. I had another post re pad upgrade, but there was no noise on either pad for me, wet, dry, muddy,....
Redline Radius..rawket
Oct 23, 2001 3:47 PM
I have to say that if you go for the Radius brakes, a solid pad upgrade is (imho) required. I was running these stock with STI levers and I just did not have the confidence in their stopping power. Threw some Kool-Stop Mountain pads (long I want to say Eagle) and it was amazing this difference that they made. The brakes are so cheap that I assume corners had to be cut somewhere.
Redline Radius..turtle
Oct 23, 2001 5:22 PM
no squel to speak of (i wish I could say that about my xtr v brakes). stopping power is pretty good as well. I've only used them on two short rides but will post more info soon.

Redline Radius..Brian Robinson
Oct 28, 2001 4:25 PM
I didn't have problems with the power, but my pads are chunking away after about a month of use. I would definately get some new pads. Otherwise, very good brakes.


NM: good suggestions, thanks!indyjones
Oct 23, 2001 8:37 AM