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    brake recommendations? No Shimano, SRAM, and Campy

    Looking for good value brake calipers around the same tier as Dura-Ace or Ultegra.
    Any suggestions?

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    You ruled out the top brake makers....so that leaves....Tektro?
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    Tektro? Nah...they make crappy stuff.
    Any other brands out there?
    FSA, TRP, etc...

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    What versions of Dura Ace or Ultegra are you using? They have to be ancient. The 6800 Ultegra's are simply the best brakes!!! Nobody else comes close!!!

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    When you say "value" I assume you want cheap but quality, so pick up a used set of 6500 Ultegra or 7700 Dura Ace for about $25-$30. For that matter newer Tiagra is pretty good too.

    I'm a Campy guy but assume you don't want to go there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UCDaHacker View Post
    Looking for good value brake calipers around the same tier as Dura-Ace or Ultegra.
    Any suggestions?
    You've already shot yourself in the foot.

    Shimano makes the best brakes and best value brakes on the market.

    When other companies claim their brakes are "Dura-Ace level," they are lying. Take Specialized as a prime example with their Venge. Straight up liars.

    So you can go buy some inferior crap like TRP or FSA, but it's just that, inferior crap. And aside from being inferior in quality, design and performance, they're also inferior in value.

    Compromise your braking or match your brakes to your levers. End of story.
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    FSA is crap. TRP is Tektro's high-end line which is pretty decent - much better than Tetro standard junk, but expensive.

    Personally, I would stick with Shimano.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UCDaHacker View Post
    Tektro? Nah...they make crappy stuff.
    Any other brands out there?
    FSA, TRP, etc...
    You obviously have no clue. Regardless of that fact the only aftermarket brake that I really like is:

    https://www.canecreek.com/products/b...evers/eebrakes
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    You obviously have no clue. Regardless of that fact the only aftermarket brake that I really like is:

    https://www.canecreek.com/products/b...evers/eebrakes

    CX,

    While I respect your experience and opinions, I have to tell you that the Cane Creek brakes that came on my 2007 Trek Pilot 5.0 were crap. Maybe they have improved greatly since then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    CX,

    While I respect your experience and opinions, I have to tell you that the Cane Creek brakes that came on my 2007 Trek Pilot 5.0 were crap. Maybe they have improved greatly since then.
    Jeez you never know...it's only been 10 years! And these are not anywhere near the CC brakes you had then, they purchased this company a couple years ago and the brakes are awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    CX,

    While I respect your experience and opinions, I have to tell you that the Cane Creek brakes that came on my 2007 Trek Pilot 5.0 were crap. Maybe they have improved greatly since then.
    Cane Creek bought the EE Brake brand a short time back. So the ones CX referred to are not even vaguely similar to your '07 model.
    Still, my research tells me the EE brakes come up short against the latest DA and Ultegra. And you can buy two sets of 9000-series DA's for the same price as the EE's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast ferd View Post
    Cane Creek bought the EE Brake brand a short time back. So the ones CX referred to are not even vaguely similar to your '07 model.
    Still, my research tells me the EE brakes come up short against the latest DA and Ultegra. And you can buy two sets of 9000-series DA's for the same price as the EE's.
    This is true. While the CC eecycling brakes are great, they aren't a match for the current Shimano brakes. The OP would be foolish to ignore them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Jeez you never know...it's only been 10 years! And these are not anywhere near the CC brakes you had then, they purchased this company a couple years ago and the brakes are awesome.
    OK, understood.

    Hey, when you're my age, 10 years isn't a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    FSA is crap. TRP is Tektro's high-end line which is pretty decent - much better than Tetro standard junk, but expensive.

    Personally, I would stick with Shimano.
    I dunno, my FSA carbon cranks that are almost 15 now are pretty decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljvb View Post
    I dunno, my FSA carbon cranks that are almost 15 now are pretty decent.
    Pretty much everything FSA makes is junk.
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    I don't know if you can get them aftermarket but the Bontrager brakes that were on a new Domane I test ride recently worked well.

    That said, why not just go Shimano? 6800 and 9000 are going to be easy to get used now if you really need to save. Probably you can find 6800 new for great deal.

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