Shimano Altus M355 Disk Brake Set (Front + Rear) £30.49 Delivered @ CRC
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Shimano Altus M355 Disk Brake Set (Front + Rear) £30.49 Delivered @ CRC

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Found 24th Jul 2015
Nice little upgrade for anyone still using cable brakes, almost cheaper than replacing pads!

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Ok, fair enough, but these are entry level brakes, squeaky in the rain like hell and the pads are really bad - you'll have to replace them after 2-3 months! they're worst than TEKTRO DRACO, cheap - fine, but for 90 you can have great set of SLX or for a bit more XT, so cold for me... Thanks.

nw104hh

Ok, fair enough, but these are entry level brakes, squeaky in the rain … Ok, fair enough, but these are entry level brakes, squeaky in the rain like hell and the pads are really bad - you'll have to replace them after 2-3 months! they're worst than TEKTRO DRACO, cheap - fine, but for 90 you can have great set of SLX or for a bit more XT, so cold for me... Thanks.



Aaah, so for 3X the price, I can get some better brakes? Sounds like quite a deal oO

Just a thought....why not replace the pads with better quality ones to eradicate the squeak ?! Sounds like a much cheaper solution...

wenttoabetterplace

Aaah, so for 3X the price, I can get some better brakes? Sounds like … Aaah, so for 3X the price, I can get some better brakes? Sounds like quite a deal oOJust a thought....why not replace the pads with better quality ones to eradicate the squeak ?! Sounds like a much cheaper solution...



​Naturally, mechanical discs will always have problems. That is the main reason people go for hydraulics.

MAdam98

​Naturally, mechanical discs will always have problems. That is the main r … ​Naturally, mechanical discs will always have problems. That is the main reason people go for hydraulics.



Actually you will find mechanical brakes are less of a faff than hydraulic, they are far easier to set up and maintain...try servicing hydros whilst out on trails.

Advantages of hydros, they generally give greater modulation. Cannot vouch for these Altus ones, and obviously disc rotors and post mounts will add up the cost of fitting, but I certainly know from experience that Avid BB7s are not to be sniffed at.

I just upgraded from v brakes to M785's. I really can't feel the difference and wonder what all the hype is about.

rhinopaul

I just upgraded from v brakes to M785's. I really can't feel the … I just upgraded from v brakes to M785's. I really can't feel the difference and wonder what all the hype is about.



The fact that disc brakes won't kill your rims like powerful v's will.

cicobuff

Actually you will find mechanical brakes are less of a faff than … Actually you will find mechanical brakes are less of a faff than hydraulic, they are far easier to set up and maintain...try servicing hydros whilst out on trails.Advantages of hydros, they generally give greater modulation. Cannot vouch for these Altus ones, and obviously disc rotors and post mounts will add up the cost of fitting, but I certainly know from experience that Avid BB7s are not to be sniffed at.



BB7's are excellent brakes....I used them over the course of 9,000 miles on a (heavily laden) tandem bike. I am 90kg, my friend is 75 + all our gear. They never let us down when we needed them, even on some very long descents in the Alps.
The only thing that did happen was the discs warped on a few occasions, so we had to bend them back to being straight (it is that warping tendency that means I now use v-brakes on my touring bike).
So if you do get a BB7, perhaps try and buy a disc rotor that is better built

davidmatthewbrown7

The fact that disc brakes won't kill your rims like powerful v's will.



There are benefits to discs and benefits to v's. If you are downhill mountain biking, disc brakes are a no-brainer.

With that said, my bikepacking setup for long distance fire trail/single track touring actually has V-brakes because of the ease with which they can be serviced. They've never let me down on any trail...and my rim surfaces are still in v.good shape. My bikepacking setup is around 115kg including my own weight - so it's a pretty stern test of any brake setup

Disc brakes are of course v.v.good - but a good set of v's will provide all the stopping power one needs. (Tour de France riders don't seem to be using disc brakes, and yet they seem to stop pretty well )

Geraint Thomas might have needed a bit more braking the other day?

Original Poster

V brakes get clogged up with mud and crap so easily. Sometimes to the point your wheel no longer spins freely, slowing you down. Personally I would never go back to V's.

davidmatthewbrown7

The fact that disc brakes won't kill your rims like powerful v's will.


I had box standard Tektro Alloy "V" Brakes which I can only assume are basic. Had the bike 5 years rims are fine. Just managed to get a good deal on the M785's so thought Id upgrade. People would say be careful when you first try them as the difference is substantial but I cant notice any difference, Ive even had to adjust the lever to give max reach.Maybe the performance is more noticeable in extreme downhill.

nw104hh

Ok, fair enough, but these are entry level brakes, squeaky in the rain … Ok, fair enough, but these are entry level brakes, squeaky in the rain like hell and the pads are really bad - you'll have to replace them after 2-3 months! they're worst than TEKTRO DRACO, cheap - fine, but for 90 you can have great set of SLX or for a bit more XT, so cold for me... Thanks.


Just because you can get better brakes for 3 times the price doesn't make this a cold deal. £30 for these kind of brakes is a great price and value for money so that makes it a hot deal. It's like saying a new Skoda Octavia for £12k is a bad deal because you can buy a much faster BMW for £36k. Hot from me.

morrig

Geraint Thomas might have needed a bit more braking the other day?



I'm pretty sure his brakes were working just fine. I can't find any good clips on Youtube, but I am pretty sure the back of his bike was in the air when he hit the lamp post. & of course, he wouldn't have crashed at all if not for the other rider running into him

A good price this, I've had the m395 and they were excellent (I think m355 are just newer version) , although when I upgraded to m675 slx (£80-90 deals) I could really tell the difference, pressed a little hard and nearly went over the handlebars, but then again my wife's bike got the m395 (replaced tektro mechanical cable disc brake) and she brake a little hard and again was lucky not to go over the handlebars..

This is a great deal for those with an sub £400 bike that has v brakes or mechanical, or budget hydraulics, and in need of an upgrade

wenttoabetterplace

I'm pretty sure his brakes were working just fine. I can't find any good … I'm pretty sure his brakes were working just fine. I can't find any good clips on Youtube, but I am pretty sure the back of his bike was in the air when he hit the lamp post. & of course, he wouldn't have crashed at all if not for the other rider running into him



UCI is allowing disc brakes in the world tours next year so seeing them in the TDF all the time will be common place very soon (or by 2017 at least)

Still need to add the rotors, bolts and mounts on so not as cheap as first shown. Saying that for someone looking to replace their conventional v type brakes discs always seemed better for me when I used a mountain bike and the price doesn't seem too bad.
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