Grand Cru Long Reach Brakeset
The Grand Cru Long Reach (47-57mm) caliper brakes are super stiff, probably the stiffest long reach brakes ever made. In testing, we found these to outperform every other long reach brake and many short reach racing brakes that cost significantly more. The smooth, dual-pivot design offers superb modulation and power - very important on a steep mountain descent. There is even clearance for 45mm fenders!
These are made in a small shop in Taiwan run by a former bike racer and engineer. The brake's finish is anodized and highly polished, so they'll look great for years to come. The included brake shoes come with high quality pads and take standard Shimano-type replacements.
Gravel Bike did a review of the brakes here.
Wrench and a carbon fork mounting nut are included. 355gms per pair including shoes, pads, and nuts.
Sold as a set, front and rear. Available in Polished Silver and Noir.
These are easily the best caliper brakes I have ever used. Great stopping power, good modulation, and good looking. I've used several generations of Campagnolo brakes over the years and was worried that these longer reach brakes might not compare, but I was wrong. These outperform Campagnolo brakes (and the only Shimano brakes I've had as well). They're a little heavy, but they make up for that in performance.
I chose these brakes for my track bike with a flip-flop rear hub. Haven't had a chance to really work them yet, but a short test ride confirmed I made the right choice. The brakes work well. And, they are beautiful.
Excellent fit and finish. Cycling is my only form of transportation,and having put over 600 miles in a month on this set am quite happy. Only design changes would be to the barrel adjuster, changing over to one that has definitive clicks. Thank you for your great product.
As others have reviewed, these are wonderful brakes, appropriate in size and style for older steel frame bike restorations and upgrades. However, steel bikes from the pre-1990s era did not use the modern recessed nuts that come with these brakes, and the Grand Cru mounting bolts are too short to simply replace the recessed nuts with standard M6x1.0 nyloc nuts. While Tektro sells some brakes with nutted mounting bolts, those brakes aren't nearly as nice as these Grand Crus. The solution is to get a Tektro long mounting bolt and use it to replace the mounting bolt in your rear Grand Cru brake. The Tektro bolt is a perfect fit and converts your rear Grand Cru into a nutted front brake. Since the mounting bolt that comes in the Grand Cru front brake is long enough to allow it to be mounted as a nutted rear brake, you only have to replace the bolt in the rear brake in order to have a front and rear set. Confusing, I know, but it's easy. Don't forget to reverse the brake shoes, of course! Tektro doesn't sell these bolts directly, so you may have to search around. I bought mine from a German dealer on eBay. Sure would be nice if Velo Orange offered the bolts (hint, hint). Replacing the bolt is not difficult, but you may find the disassembly process for dual pivot brakes isn't obvious, either. Kurt Kaminer posted an article on his web site (Google "The Headbadge") illustrating the process for Tektro R556 brakes and, while they aren't identical to Grand Cru brakes, the process is very similar.
Love my new Grand Cru brakes. Great stopping power and modulation. Only gripe is the quick release doesn’t open far enough for an inflated 35mm tire to pass through. Just means you install the wheels without any air pressure, then pump it up when in the bike. No biggie