I was wondering if there is any real difference if I upgraded my standard Tectro Brakes to Shimano 105s on my Secteur sport?
Do I get greater braking power?
Depends on what Tektros they are, but the 105s might be a few grams lighter and slightly more adjustable (quick release cam for wheel changes etc.) I doubt you'd get more braking power if both sets are equally well set up and cabled correctly.
The tektros will be fine, nothing much to be gained from changing to 105s, if you're looking to shed weight then I'd be looking beyond 105...
Further to my earlier advice, if you're lacking braking power I'd suggest fettling the cable and lever setup, and/or replacing the brake pads, rather than getting new brakes. In what sense do you think you're lacking braking power? Do the levers hit the bars before the brakes are 'fully' engaged?
Thanks for your responses!
I was out the other day and found that my braking distance was so much longer than when riding on my hybrid which has tektro disc brakes on. I know that disc is way better but I was concerned that my braking distance was so long that I could not slow properly on bends.....but I suppose going downhill fast did not help and then suddenly finding a row of cars around a bend did not help either. I have been advised by a LBS that upgrading would help considerably but am now wondering if just a brake pad upgrade would suffice?
Also Stewie, The levers don't hit the bars which is good, I found that when I pulled it took rather a long time to slow down. I am a newbie and perhaps this is normal for a road bike? So I need to allow extra time?
A pad upgrade would be your best option to start with, unfortunately a lot of bike manufacturers downgrade the brake calipers to keep costs down (Tektro being the most common) and the pads on these are normally a harder material and lack any real bite or modulation. If you do decide on new calipers the latest 105's are some of the best brakes I've used (and I've used a lot - TRP magnesium, Sram Force etc) over the last year and will be much stiffer than the Tektro's.
Try pads first, but a colleague of mine recently swapped the Tektros on his 2010 Secteur Elite for 105 brakes and he was very pleased with the improvement.
He rode a hilly club run the following weekend, including a descent of the Burway and was very glad he had done so.
Thanks for all your comments!
I will have a good think before I jump and spend £90.
Also I am going to put the bike in for its first service which may improve the brake power?