The Zeste Brakes may be the most powerful and most adaptable cantilever brakes we've tried. Low-profile cantilever brakes are a favorite among cyclo-tourists and commuters because the design helps them clear luggage and, on small frames, your heels. Dirt trail riders and cyclo-cross'ers will appreciate the double plate design for superior mud-clearing.
The brake's strength and easy modulation is due to the extra-long arms for increased mechanical advantage. But just as important is their excellent adjustability:
- There are spring tension adjusters on each arm for easy centering.
- Up and down adjustment in the brake pad slot results in greater frame and fork compatibility; not all canti studs are in exactly the same place on every bike due to manufacturing tolerances or intended specification.
- A barrel adjuster at the end of the straddle wire means easier setup and fine tuning for perfect clearance and wire angle. You'll wonder why all canti brakes don't have these.
- Brake pad holders have adjustable toe-in.
- High-quality, included pads help you stop quickly and safely.
- The pivot bolts and washers are stainless steel for long term corrosion resistance.
- Weight for the arms, pads and all the hardware is 292 gr
Price is for two sets, a bike's worth. Includes straddle hangers, mounting bolts, and cable end caps.
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Really good cantilever brake set.
They are lighter and very cool.
With the Grand Cru brake levers you have a really powerful braking. I use in very rocky descendents and work really properly.
I love the brake pad position...if you open the cantilevers brake pads doesn't touch (and scratch) the frame...a good and well thinked detail.
A good buy if you want a good and cool bicycle.
I put these brakes on my Campeur build (https://www.facebook.com/campeurist) per the attached photos (apologies the brake is out of focus in the shot--I was sending an image of the Bruce Gordon taillight to someone) and they look great and work very well though, as others have stated, they are a little hard to adjust the first few times (for this non-mechanic--becomes far easier with a little practice). I also noted that the included pads squeak mightily on first use but some light sanding took care of that. All in all, highly recommended and the compliments, if you care about such things, are frequent.
Put these brakes on a single speed frame matched with the grand cru brake levers. The feel is quality and braking power is awesome. Buttery smooth lever action. It takes a minute to dial in (lots of adjustability) but my setup is quiet and powerful.
I thought these were excessively complicated, with no instructions. It's easy to get front and rear parts mixed up. Installed, they looked over-sized and gaudy, then squealed like mad, even with toe-in. I took the shoes and pads off and combined them with RH cantilevers, and that combo works good.
Great product and customer service.