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Potential brakes upgrade

Postby robrichards » 29 Jan 2018, 10:05pm

I have a standard GT Grade Sora which comes with Tektro mechanical disk brakes. They're OK but not great so I spoke to one LBS who said it would cost £100s to upgrade them. I don't want to spend a fortune but thought there must be something better than these if only official shimano sora ones?

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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby LollyKat » 29 Jan 2018, 10:34pm

Avid BB7s are supposed to be good - my husband put them on his Croix de Fer and is very pleased with them.

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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby robrichards » 29 Jan 2018, 10:49pm

Thanks Lollykat they seem like quite a good option, not horrifically expensive & lots of positive reviews! I'll definitely keep them in mind.

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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby PeterBL » 30 Jan 2018, 7:59am

robrichards wrote:Thanks Lollykat they seem like quite a good option, not horrifically expensive & lots of positive reviews! I'll definitely keep them in mind.

I also recommend BB7.

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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby Sweep » 30 Jan 2018, 10:31am

Not a disc person myself but over the years have heard lots of good things about BB7s. Don't ever remember hearing anything bad.
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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby Brucey » 30 Jan 2018, 11:06am

they are not perfect but they are easier to live with and/or work better than most of the alternatives.

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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby reohn2 » 30 Jan 2018, 11:10am

BB7's were the reason I went over to discs on all but one(a folder) of my bikes,I've never regretted that desicion.
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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby NUKe » 30 Jan 2018, 11:54am

Not sure what the OPs budget is but BB7 are over 50 pound each end, if you add in labour, its going to be not much change from £150, I would say that this is still worth it, but if you are on budget, its too much.
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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby PH » 30 Jan 2018, 11:55am

robrichards wrote:I have a standard GT Grade Sora which comes with Tektro mechanical disk brakes.

A quick google shows these bikes come with Spyre brakes, is this right?
If so, they're considered as good as any mechanical disk brake and the only way to get better will be to go hydraulic which will indeed cost you 100s. But what's wrong with what you have? If they're new they might just need bedding in, the original pads may not be the best, it's possible the cables haven't been properly fitted or would benefit from an upgrade.
Lastly, what brakes have you been using? If you've come from MTB hydraulic then no mech disk is going to feel great, though that doesn't mean it won't stop you.
IMO this needs a bit more investigation before you spend money on something that may not be any better.

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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby [XAP]Bob » 30 Jan 2018, 3:38pm

NUKe wrote:Not sure what the OPs budget is but BB7 are over 50 pound each end, if you add in labour, its going to be not much change from £150, I would say that this is still worth it, but if you are on budget, its too much.


You can get them for a significant amount less than that...
And fitting them doesn't take a rocket scientist, or specialised tools...
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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby Brucey » 30 Jan 2018, 4:19pm

PH wrote:
robrichards wrote:I have a standard GT Grade Sora which comes with Tektro mechanical disk brakes.

A quick google shows these bikes come with Spyre brakes, is this right?

.....IMO this needs a bit more investigation before you spend money on something that may not be any better.


I would have to agree. There could be any number of reasons why the brakes you have at present might not feel up to much.

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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby NUKe » 30 Jan 2018, 8:06pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:
NUKe wrote:Not sure what the OPs budget is but BB7 are over 50 pound each end, if you add in labour, its going to be not much change from £150, I would say that this is still worth it, but if you are on budget, its too much.


You can get them for a significant amount less than that...
And fitting them doesn't take a rocket scientist, or specialised tools...

Where ? I can see mtb ones at 40, but the price for road goes from 50 up. I have considered replacing my hydraulics with BB7's but decided it was a bit pricey on a wim. At the moment sticking with hydraulics. I only mentioned fitting as the OP did.
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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby robrichards » 30 Jan 2018, 10:19pm

Thanks for replies, definitely Tektro not spyre brakes. Budget is definitely low end but I can save up!

Looking at upgrading slowly, brakes first as mine don't give me a huge amount of confidence, then the cassette to deal with hills better then hopefully the wheels. I want to do small bike packing trips building up to LEJOG in 2021 so I'll have to include the kit for that too panniers or bike bags of some sort!

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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby robrichards » 30 Jan 2018, 10:25pm

In answer to your questions, it's been a while since I had a bike, bought mine over a year ago and I've tweaked the brakes as best I can but find them bit soft and slow regardless of what I do to them. I think the new or more expensive versions might come with spyre but definitely not mine! Apologies thought I'd said it was 2016 model!)

I ride to work now in all weather so stopping is important. I don't know if there's much between what I've got and the bb7 s or of it would be throwing money away, some times it's worth saving and waiting 6-12 months!

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Re: Potential brakes upgrade

Postby [XAP]Bob » 30 Jan 2018, 10:28pm

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