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What to look for or avoid in picking up a brake set on Ebay(2 posts)

What to look for or avoid in picking up a brake set on Ebaykilimanjaro
Mar 17, 2003 1:47 PM
Thinking about getting a pair of used or NOS cantis on Ebay or the local veloswap. I see Mayfacs, or old Shimano cantis to use with Dia Comp 287 levers. I get the impression that I should replace any stock pads with a good cartridge pad like the Salmon Koolstops. Anything else I should look for and/or avoid?

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re: What to look for or avoid in picking up a brake set on Ebayatpjunkie
Mar 17, 2003 5:53 PM
The Mafacs don't use cartridge pads. They run post/pad combos that are available from both Ritchey and KoolStop in various compounds. The Empella, Spooky and Paul retro canti's are all copies of this design. If you want super retrogrouch appeal get the Mafacs. If you get any of this style make sure you run a longer straddle height. The Shimanos are okay and can be had cheap. Two other great brakes are the Avid TriAlign and the Paul CNC's the tri-aligns are copied from. These are both fine brakes and have the 1980's retrogrouch gig covered. Many riders swear by these, both being highly adjustable for a post and pad style brake. The Pauls are just fancier made (CNC'd) and lighter. I actually have a set I may be selling, send me an e if you are interested (matth@moebiuscolor.com)

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