Brakes

by dunnoh   July 29, 2013  

I have reporto corse brakes on my Bianchi. Ive put swiss greens on them and I still find stopping difficult. Recommendations for new brakes / cables? Ta

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I've Athena brakes on my Infinito and they are sharp what rims tyres you running

posted by kylemalco [31 posts]
29th July 2013 - 21:23

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I just have the ones it came with - corse alloy. I am debating about upgrading to Fulcrum 5's but only if they stop better. (I'm a firm believer that the bikes performance is way better than I am)

posted by dunnoh [166 posts]
29th July 2013 - 21:32

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What are you using to clean the bike? Could there be residue from that impending braking performance?

posted by 37monkey [143 posts]
29th July 2013 - 21:35

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I used neat mucoff and a toothbrush and then a real blast with the hose. Does the trick for 20 miles and if I really grab on they do stop really well. But basic 20mph in traffic and they they just feel soft. Maybe my grips too weak!

posted by dunnoh [166 posts]
29th July 2013 - 21:49

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Wipe the rims and pads with a bit of degreaser and then rinse them off. Makes mine really grabby for 5-10 miles.

There are some rims though that just don't stop well so it could possibly be the bike rather than your weedy hands Wink .

posted by racingcondor [108 posts]
30th July 2013 - 8:19

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My understanding is that Reporto Corse is, pretty much, re-branded FSA, so they shouldn't be too shabby. Personal experience is that Ultegra calipers (appreciate that you probably want to stick with Campag?) are excellent and, given that the new groupset is launching right now, there are some great deals to be had Thinking

posted by Al'76 [126 posts]
30th July 2013 - 9:48

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When was the last time you had the bike serviced or replaced the pads?

I would check if your pads aren't glazed over (has happened on my OEM Shimano and Swisstop pads). It's why I moved to Kool-Stop on all my bikes.

But bad brakes can come from more than simply the pads:

The braking surface on the wheel might have dirt/oil/grease on it. You can solve it by wiping with some burning alcohol (am not sure the English word for this). Or, Mavic makes a wheel "eraser" for alu rims that has a light abrasive compound that thoroughly cleans the braking surface : http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=7126

If the bike is old and has never been serviced (i.e.: changing cables and the cable housings) then you might suffer from rusty brake cables, which make it harder to brake as it wears through the liner inside the brake cable housing.

You may also need to adjust the amount of pull you have to apply to the brake levers before they touch the braking surface. If the pads are worn, it will require more travel to touch the wheel, leaving a sensation of it not braking so well.

posted by Hector Ch [52 posts]
30th July 2013 - 14:08

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Try Fibrax lots of stuff to make your brakes better!
http://www.fibrax.com/

posted by 60kg lean keen ... [56 posts]
30th July 2013 - 19:45

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Thanks all. The bikes 8 months old and has done 1200 miles. New brake pads 500 miles ago. Ill have a look at that wheel eraser + fibrax. Ta

posted by dunnoh [166 posts]
30th July 2013 - 22:04

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If you still want new brakes, I reccommend the Planet X cnc ones.

Bit fiddly but stopping power is excellent.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
31st July 2013 - 22:17

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