Category Archives: brakes
Paul Component: Klamper Road and Cross Disc Brakes Coming Soon
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“If disc brakes were meant for road and cross bikes, Paul would have made them…”

Truth is truth and I’ve seen the light. Literally. I have a set of these and unfortunately, I didn’t have time to put any miles on them yet but I can assure you, they look and feel amazing. Like all of Paul’s brakes, they’re machined and finished to the highest of standards.

You should know however, that Paul is marketing these for road and cross bikes only at the time being…

Expect a review once I get back to Austin and if you’re going to Interbike, roll through their booth 15030.

Sep 5, 2014 11 comments
Paul Component: Motolite Brakes
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In a world that focuses on “grams” and “actual weights”, Paul Components just focuses on making their products work better-er. Case in point: they’ve merged their two mountain v-brakes into one, clean package. Meet the new Motolite:

“The power, modulation, durability, and ease of service is all there but the pads now have an extended range so a 26″ wheeled frame can be converted to 650b or 700c. Made in our shop to exacting tolerances, there is nothing else out there that even comes close. Yes, disks are here but think about all the beautiful frames made for these in the last 25 years. Keep ‘em shreddin’!”

Amen! Check out more at Paul!

Aug 20, 2014 4 comments
Much Love for Hunter Cycles Nugz
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While most cantilever cable hangers have built in barrel adjusters, some don’t. Since I run the Speedvagen x ENVE Integrated stem, I don’t have an in-line adjuster. Before, I used to just re-clamp my yoke or canti if I needed more stopping power and that’s just not right.

These little things have been floating around on the internet since 2011, but I completely forgot about them until last December…

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Apr 24, 2014 10 comments
An Ode to the EE Cycleworks Brakes
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I catch a lot of flack for saying things like “these are the best brakes” and “I’ll never ride another set of brakes again”. Rightfully so. What I’ve learned in the past is to say things like “these brakes impressed me, both in design and stopping power” and “modulation is king!”

Writing product reviews ain’t easy, especially when a company gives you their product to test out, which is not the case here. I bought these brakes because I believe in supporting the US-manufacturing economy.

EE Cycleworks is a small shop, that produces a handful of components, all of which are incredibly well-designed – from an aesthetics standing – and from what I can tell so far, are easy to service.

Check out more below!

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Apr 4, 2014 2 comments
SRAM Introduces the new Guide Brakes
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Photo by Margus Riga

New found confidence? Or just summoning the Necronomicog? Finally, some photos of me riding gear in a review!

I think this goes without saying, but I’d like to thank everyone involved with last weekend’s trip, including Margus and Adrian for shooting such rad photos of the riding. One of the reasons why we were there was to test out the new Guide Brakes from SRAM.

I’ll be pretty honest here, I have never really liked Avid brakes. My bikes all have Shimano systems on them, from SLX to XTR. In the past, I’ve said that I’d never ride anything else. Coming off a weekend like this, it’d be easy to say that SRAM put us in this rad location, threw new products at us and expected some positive feedback but that wasn’t the case at all. They really were interested in what we thought and were open to critique.

Unfortunately, the only feedback I had to offer up was: “I didn’t even have to think about the brakes”. Period. Riding new terrain, on a new bike, the last thing you want to do is worry about if your brakes are going to feel good and perform up to par. They felt so amazing, even compared to XTR.

We all know I’m not a king of technical garble, but I think it’s safe to say that these exceeded mine and everyone else’s expectations. I didn’t hear a single squeal from the rotor, or person the whole trip.

These new Guide Brakes from SRAM are like night and day compared to Avid…

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Mar 25, 2014 8 comments
Ciamillo Brakes: Made in the USA Micro Calipers on Sale

Don’t get me started on domestically-produced bicycle components. Be it Japanese, American, British, whatever, if a bike component is made domestically, I’m into it. The world of high-end, performance road gear in the States is thick and I’ve always wanted to drop my kit brakes for something different on the Argonaut or the Bishop…

I think I found the right match: Ciamillo is running a special on their Micro brakes. They’re only $299 from now until October 31st. After that the price jumps to the normal $430. Yeah, you can get Made in the USA brakes that as far as I’ve read, are amazing, for less than the price of Dura Ace or SRAM Red calipers.

Pick up the Ciamillo Micro brake calipers here, where you can read up on the improvements for the new 2014 design.

Oct 22, 2013 10 comments
Paul Component: October is Blue
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This month, Paul Component is doing batch blue components. Everything, yes, everything in their line can be ordered blue. Read up and order over at Paul!

Oct 2, 2013 Comments are OFF
Paul Components: Custom Anodizing and Color of the Month
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From now until February 2014, Paul Components are offering up a different colored anodizing batch of all your favorite components each month, beginning with orange in August. They’ll also do custom anodizing for you at a flat rate of $75 per color. So if you can’t wait for green, or purple, you can place an order to get it sooner. Head over to Paul Components for more information!

Aug 1, 2013 1 comment
The Dodelta
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The Campagnolo C-Record Delta brake is one of the most beautiful components to ever grace the history of cycling. While some wrenches claim they’re shit, other, more pedigreed mechanics love their unique center pull braking mechanism. Which brings me to the Dodelta. Commentary on the brake, or the user? You decide…

Check out more at Dodelta!

Jul 24, 2013 3 comments
SOLD OUT: Purple PAUL Components Touring Cantis and Moon Units

They’re back… AGAIN! This time, it’s for the Saturday shoppers. I’ll even throw in some Viking decals!

I love the PAUL Components Touring Cantis. I’ve had them on my touring bike, my cross bike and just about everyone I know has them on at least one of their bikes. They’re a classic, no-nonsense cantilever brake. Unlike many cantilevers, these arms are angled upwards. This gives the brake a much narrower profile without significantly reducing stopping power.

As a throwback to the 80′s MTB era of bright anodizing, I teamed up with PAUL to produce yet another run of purple Touring Cantis and matching Moon Units.

$240 Shipped in the USA, $250 shipped internationally. That gets you a pair of Touring Cantis (front and rear) and a pair of Moon Units at the PiNP Web Shop.

Jun 1, 2013 2 comments