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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2009
Good Quality Alloy parts. Brake pad material too soft and mushy. An easy replacement, but requires a trip to the bike shop, which defeats the whole purpose of buying brakes online. Overall, good stuff. Easy to order. Fast delivery.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Keep in mind this is a low cost brake. I was surprised how much came for the price. There were two sets of mounting bolts for different size uses and even different sculpted washers for front or back mounting. The calipers clear a 2.125 knobby tire and a fender, so they worked for what I wanted to use them for. I am not expecting them to perform like expensive brake sets, but they work fine to repair a simple bike for normal street use. The set includes ferules and cable cap to make the cut ends of the cable and cable housing neat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
I recently rebuilt an old road bike as a fixed gear. I wanted to get a new brakeset for it, because the old ones were not that great as they are very old. The kit includes what is shown, apart from a few other bolts for mounting to the forks. As the kit says, it is a BMX brakeset, but only in the sense that it is BMX looking; this set would work on pretty much any bike I would imagine.
The reason I bought this was because I was only looking for a front brake set. This had EVERYTHING I needed for the job. I was able to mount it in about an hour. This didn't include instructions, so if you don't know what you're doing with brakes, just look up a tutorial on YouTube; I did that, and I managed. The reason I rated this at 4 stars was because of the brake pads. I had read that they were too soft, but I still think that was an understatement. I probably only rode about 2 miles, not even, and they were shot, and I wasn't using the brakes often. Perhaps they're meant for competition or something. Luckily I had ordered a set of brakes before the conversion that are practically brand new, so that wasn't a problem.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
I was looking for a cheap break and cable that I could add to my 5 year-olds bike and this fit the bill. The break pages are adjustable enough to fit her small wheels. The hand grip is a little bigger than I would have wanted it to be, but the adjustment screw (a small black screw at the base of the handle parallel to the cable) does let me bring the handle in a good amount when screwed tightly in. The cable was twice as long as I need (much better than half as long) but gave me a bit of a riddle trying to figure out how to cut it while still having the overhang of the inner cable you need to attach the cable to the actual break. If you have the correct diameter wire cutter, this won't be a problem for you, but I did not, so here is the best way I found to cut the cable after trying several bad ways:
1) figure out how long you need the cable to be and remember that the inner cable should be about 1 foot longer than the outer sleeve to give you the play you need to attach the handle and the break (you can easily trim the excess from the break end when you are done).
2) pull that 1 foot or so of extra internal cable out the top
3) Now you can cut clean through the cable case without worrying about crimping the inner cable
4) if necessary trim another 1/4 inch or less of the bottom end of the sleeve so you can get a grip on the inner cable and pull it back down.
5) Yank the little clean-end guide of the trimmed sleeve and smoosh it back onto your new shortened cable

If you are going to a front break you will almost certainly need to shorten the cable and if it is a kid bike all the more so as the longer the cable the more friction and slop in the break action.

Once I had the cable the right length and the handle properly adjusted it is just about usable for my girls small hands. I am subtracting a star, though because as another review mentioned, the pads are a little softer than those you might get at a better bike store. That means you will need to apply more hand force before the wheel really stops. Also, and this seems to be common practice, the break handle mount is a single piece of molded plastic rather than two pieces bolted together. This means that the hand grip needs to come off the bar before the break handle can go on. That is a total PitA. You might also want to buy new hand grips and cut the old ones off and save yourself some trouble.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2014
Worked great for beach cruiser. I cut the cable to length. It fit over my fender although I had an indent in fender I used to clear caliper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
pros:
calipers are sturdy and solid with little wobble or squeal. Plenty of reach. brake cable housing is wire reinforced and plenty long. Includes ferule for the ends.

cons:
cheapest, lightweight plastic brake lever you can imagine. brake lever is for right hand only, unless you install it upside down. pads have mediocre grip. useless on slippery rim walls. Had to buy Koolstop dual compound bmx pads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2014
This brake set is a nice addition for kids bikes with coaster brakes. I added this as a rear brake addition to the coaster brake on a 16" wheel bike so my 5 year old can have a hand brake to practice with. It is a little big for a 5 year old though. She will have to grow into it as the lever is too big for her little hands. The other problem I have is that the lever is really just suited for the right hand side, which is typically the rear brake. To fit the lever on the left, the lever would need to be installed upside down, exposing the lever clamp and bolts. Hence, it would be best to get the lever for the left side separate if this bothers you. Also, lever installation will require the removal of the grip. Slide the grips off and use water/dish soap (not much needed) if friction is too tight. Other than my gripe with the lever, the cable, caliper, brake pads, and included hardware seem to be very good (includes lock nuts, bolt for front fork, bolt for rear, and plenty of cable). This brake system uses a center pin system, so be sure that your bike has the holes for this instead of the v-brake or cantilever mounts on each side of the fork or seat stays. For my kid's bike, this was a nice install. As one other review mentioned, there are no instructions included. You may want to refer to a youtube video on installation. I had to cut the cable to fit and take away the excess. Just be sure there is enough cable for turning the handle bar. I used zip ties (not included) to secure the cable to the frame of the bike for a nice, tidy finish. I would have preferred that the maker sell a left hand and right hand version separately. (-1 star) As everything is included in this kit except for zip ties, it gets 4 stars. The brake pads grip well, but are not likely going to lock up the rim like a v-brake can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
The brakes themselves are O.K., but, the adjustment screws and the cable clamp parts are not the best. I wouldn't get them again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2011
The product is generally fine for the price, but the cable is very long. Unless you're prepared (and know how) to cut bike brake cable in the event that it's too long, pay the extra $10 or $20 and have a bike shop put a brake on. If you can cut and fit a cable, it will be fine. The actual pads and lever are adequate...not great...adequate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2014
My daughter learned to ride on a 20" bike but it was just to big. I got her a 16" bike but it didn't have the hand brake that she was familiar with. This worked but I had to bolt on a bracket for the pads to reach the rim properly. Other than not fitting a 16" bike, it was easy to install and slows the bike.
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