Tektro 984 Calliper Brake Review - Intro
I while back I purchased a small folding bike with very poor brakes ( giant conway ), I am not overly fussy about stopping power but the front calliper brake on the bike is terrible.
Probelm is the bike has 1.75" tires and as such a calliper brake with very long reach is required. Idealy I wanted a dual pivot calliper as I belive these create a greater braking force, but depsite looking I could not find a dual pivot with the required amount of reach.
So after trawl of ebays finest offering I decided on the Tektro 984 which has a reach of 70 - 80mm.
Tektro 984 Calliper Brake Review - Build Quality
I purchased this brake as new but taken off a BMX, complete with lever.
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|Tektro 984 - Right Side|
|Tektro 984 - Front|
The finsih is good, and the bolts and nuts are of good quality. When attached to the bike the brake arms do flex under load, but with arms this long I supose that is unavoidable.
Tektro 984 Calliper Brake Review - Performance
The Tektro 984 provides more stopping power than my old calliper but I think this is mainly due to the change of lever. The lever supplied is a short pull lever for use with cantilevers or callipers, whilst the old lver was a long pull.
I suppose that the maths of the brake has not changed, still a single pivots, still the same length of drop, so really can I expect any improvement . .. not really.
Tektro 984 Calliper Brake Review - Specifications
- Long reach: 70-80mm
- Post length: 51mm
- Cable length: 700mm
- Weight, caliper: 205g
- Weight, lever: 83
For a long reach application I think a single pivot calliper will always give limited stopping power. But unless you have braze ons for v brakes what are you to do?
Option 1 - A hub brake is always a good option, but this require a re-build of the wheel, most hub brake are 1000m wide which whilst OK for some BMX are unlikely to fit a folding bike.
Option 2 - Another option might be to replace the front forks, perhaps some off of a childrens bike that do have v brake mounts.
Option 3 - some sort of adaptor. You can get u-brake plates and some times v brake ones which might enable the fitting of a better brake type v or u to increase braking power.
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