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    After a few rides on the Bontrager post mount brakes with Aeolus 3 Carbon Clinchers and cork pads, my report is the braking is fine. Controlled, consistent, modulated...yes. I live in KS, i ask a lot less of my brakes than many of you. Did i notice a huge difference in braking power or feel...no. I do like the centering feature, nice for multiple wheel changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old French Bike View Post
    this season's latest ultralight nitrogen-optimized unobtanium-fiber fashion-statement bike
    That rolls off the tounge pretty well. nice work.

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    a 15lb tire? how many fat bike tires would that be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gummee View Post
    Anyone but me remember the under the chainstay mounted U-brake? This is NOT something that I'd personally ever buy based on past experience.
    minus five points since you forgot to mention the shark tooth that came on the deore/deore XT u-brakes from back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazer View Post
    After a few rides on the Bontrager post mount brakes with Aeolus 3 Carbon Clinchers and cork pads, my report is the braking is fine. Controlled, consistent, modulated...yes. I live in KS, i ask a lot less of my brakes than many of you. Did i notice a huge difference in braking power or feel...no. I do like the centering feature, nice for multiple wheel changes.

    Were you on a Madone? How was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdmtong View Post
    minus five points since you forgot to mention the shark tooth that came on the deore/deore XT u-brakes from back then.
    I think I may actually still have my shark tooth floating around in one of my bins o' stuff. I'll have to look.

    Oh, you mean the ones on the brakes themselves? I only had Mtn Exage. As a college student I didn't have the $ to buy XT. I had to put the bike I ended up with on layaway as it was! (87 Rockhopper with mtn Exage on it) I certainly lusted after the Stumpjumpers, but... :cry

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    Mechanic from a trek dealer here. Honestly I think this is getting blown out of proportion, they're just brakes. This is how the industry works. Really thought they're easy to work on. There are two tension screws that adjust tension for each arm and the cable anchor bolt. It's pretty simple. At least on the madones a compact crank does get in the way a bit but if you have a ball end wrench it's no issue. These are 1000% easier than speed concept brakes (which are more akin to delta brakes and roller cams than dual pivot road brakes). My GFs team just got the new madones for next season and she prefers these brakes to her other bike with DA7800s.

    It's a bike, just ride the damn thing.

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    Thanks for the brief review. I am not sure being easier to set up than Speed Concepts is much of a recommendation though!

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    I once spent a significant amount of time looking for a phantom rattle in a speed concept, only to find out hours later that the little plastic case was loose.

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    The Bontrager ones seem to have a flaw in that the centering screw butts up against plastic, which seems to be causing some of the brakes to come off-center more than they should when that plastic deforms. I'll be interested to see how the MTN-Qhubecka (sp?) and Bontrager teams deal with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soupless View Post
    Were you on a Madone? How was it?
    Yep, 7 series. I love the bike. Whispers the road surface to me just like my Look 586. The Madone is Aero, light, stiff, and smooth. Exactly how i like my carbon road bikes. Oh...it stops well too. i give the bike a 9/10

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    Introducing the Domane was the best thing trek ever did for the Madone. No longer at we trying to squeeze old guys onto race bikes and trek is free to make an even more dedicated race bike. The H1 geo Madone 7 is an awesome bike.

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    Default Re: Direct mount brakes for road - why?

    Quote Originally Posted by -Dustin View Post
    The Bontrager ones seem to have a flaw in that the centering screw butts up against plastic, which seems to be causing some of the brakes to come off-center more than they should when that plastic deforms. I'll be interested to see how the MTN-Qhubecka (sp?) and Bontrager teams deal with that.
    when i was assembling the 7 series, i noticed that the material that the centering screws butted up against was different than the material around it. Poking at it with my tool, I thought it was metal, not plastic. Plastic would be terrible in this application. I'll investigate further.

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