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    Dura Ace 7403 vs. 7800 brakeset

    I'm about to uprgade my tricolor brakeset to Dura Ace. But I'm not sure which model should I choose... The 7403 is period correct, but the 7800 is lighter. What would You choose? Why? Have You tried all the two sets?

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    I was running a set of 7800 on one bike and sram red on another and couldn't tell a difference. Hence they both work very well. With that being said DA 7800 are the benchmark for brakes. They are lighter and IMO have better stopping capabilities versus many others. If you're looking for a performance go 7800, possibly aesthetic then stick with the 7400s.

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    I have both.
    The 7800 is the best ever brakeset. The 7403 is the second best.
    If your opinion differs from mine, ..........Too bad.
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    imo 7800. The look is "versatile", and with that it's hard to reject it as it's arguably still a gold standard in brakes.

    The 7800 pans out to still be a competing option for literally everything that isn't 7900, 9000, and Hydraulic Red. I have yet to hear about D-Skeleton and regular Red setups being any better in terms of power and modulation. Aftermarket brands mostly aren't memorable beyond weight. I have a rear REVL and it's actually nice to control, but setup is a bit finnicky. I heard EE brakes are awesome but they cost an arm and a leg compared to (albeit rarer) 7800 today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    I have both.
    The 7800 is the best ever brakeset. The 7403 is the second best.
    +1 for the 7800, the quality is outstanding...

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    For those of you with BR-7403 or BR-7400 brakes, what do you use for replacements when the brake pads wear out?

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    Those 7403 calipers are beautiful. Stop well, too. With some attention to detail and patience, one can rebuild these to like-new specs without buying any parts.
    You can still find 7400-series pads on eBay, but changing out takes some effort.
    It would take a keen eye to discern a full-on shoes & pads swap to 7800, 7900, 9000 iterations. The latest pad compound will likely improve stopping distances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast ferd View Post
    You can still find 7400-series pads on eBay, but changing out takes some effort.
    I've been looking and haven't found any.

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