Why You Shouldn't Cheap Out On Crap Brakes
First off, I'm not directly calling the 720's garbage (or Tektro's in general), though in their off the shelf configuration they left a LOT to be desired. Then again, what do you really expect for $27 per set? Here is what I experienced with lack luster brakes:
- Extreme pad wear.
- Chunking of aluminum (from rim). This means the rim is taking the abuse, not the pad, causing premature rim wear.
- High rim temps (due to incorrect pad compound) and very poor modulation.
- A nasty mess all over the bike from pad dust. All. The. Time.
Where Quality and Art Meet
This is the selling point for the BG aluminum cantilever brakes - they are a beautiful blend of form and function. Machined in the USA, hand polished and come standard with Kool Stop pads, it's hard to really complain about quality. You will be hard pressed to find other bikes with the same brakes - making them quite the exclusive item (not that bikers care about that kind of stuff). Bruce has spent some time over the last few days polishing up more sets of brakes. Reward his effort by picking up a set up for your canti'd bike (cross or road, doesn't matter). I promise they'll look hot. My new bike is even going to sport these awesome brakes - and yours can too!