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  • phil.w
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    Looking for some calipers to finish a new bike. Has any one tried these from Planet X? any reason not to get them? (at that price & weight there must be a catch?)

    What else should I be considering other than the normal Shimano/SRAM – which if there are any decent alternatives I’ll happily avoid.

    Thanks.

    titusrider
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    the definative article:
    http://www.eecycleworks.com/VNJune%20BrakeTest.pdf

    Or at least the best ive read

    foxyrider
    Member

    I got myself some Campag Skeletons (Veloce but now Centaur upwards) and they are good but not as good as my Ultegra ones 🙂

    Absolutely nothing wrong with Shimano calipers IMHO!

    Premier Icon njee20
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    The most expensive Shimanos you can afford. My 105s are crap compared to my Dura Ace.

    phil.w
    Member

    Cheers titus I will read that later.

    And no I don’t think there is anything wrong with Shimano (or SRAM) I just wanted to see if there is anything a little different.

    Also silver calipers may look a little ‘wrong’ on this bike and that means Shimano is being avoided if possible.

    (I won’t sacrifice the performance for the colour but will spend a little extra 🙂 )

    foxyrider
    Member

    Ahh OK – Well Campag, KCNC & Tecktro might be worth a look 🙂

    float
    Member

    the shimano caliper silver is more of a gun metal grey. its really not very shiney, and looks way more badass than i thought it would.

    kind of like this

    foxyrider
    Member

    The ultegra is similar – half way between silver and black FWIW 🙂

    phil.w
    Member

    cheers thanks guys. will look at all of the above.

    foxyrider
    Member

    Although this is obvious the more you pay the better the breaking (i.e. less flex, greater armiture and better pads) you get – to a point 🙂

    mudshark
    Member

    I’ve been thinking of trying the Planet X ones as a lot lighter than my Shimano ones – 2/3 the weight maybe? I suppose they won’t work as well though.

    foxyrider
    Member

    Ah yeah forgot TRP – Yumm 🙂

    Gary_M
    Member

    I’ve got the planet x ones and I’m very happy with them. Qr is a bit fiddly to use but other than that they’re great.

    mudshark
    Member

    TRP!

    Given the cost of those brakes the fact they are heavier than the Planet X ones makes me wonder how good the braking can be with the Planet X ones; a bit more flex?

    rp16v
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    105 comes in black so could be a cheap option.

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    Can’t fault Ultegra brakes seem as good as the XTR V brakes on my CX bike.

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