look good but limited stopping power
I put these cantis on my Surly LHT. They were cheap and look good however, no matter how I set them up or what pads I use (I've spent lots of money on pads) they just don't work very well. After factoring in the cost of upgraded pads I should have just bought more expensive cantis in the first place. I'm now saving for some Avids which will hopefully stop me. Not recommended
28 July 2016
Quality made cantilevers
I have used the CR720 front and rear set on other touring bikes, without a problem though can be fiddly to correctly set, once done are a powerful brake system.
03 May 2016
Well, working, if old fashionet canti brake.
I begin cycling 2010 in my mid-forties. At spring I bought Jamis Nova race CX bike and at autumn Defy Advanced roar bike. My Jamis has from original set up frame ant rear brake. Other components, most from wiggle, are:
Nokon Nokon Universal Cable Set - 1.5m – a bit tricky to set up, but keeps cables dry and ice-free.
Fizik Superlight Classic Handlebar Tape
Dia-Compe Bar End Gear Shifter Set – added Nitto front rack and STI sifters hit front loads.
Un-indexed sifting has nice direct control to derailleurs.
Dia-Compe DC204N Road Brake Levers- old fashioned but easy to assembly and use.
Surly Cross Check Cyclocross Forks – great positive surprise. Original carbon fork was flexy and had terrible front shudders in braking. Bought to better fit the Nitto rack, but was great improvement to the bikes ride. No shudders.
Tektro CR720 Cantis Cyclocross Cantilever Brake – a bit bulky, but works.
Hope Head Doctor Expander
Selle Italia Flite Flow Saddle with Titanium Rails – works on unpadded commuting, on longer ride better with
padded pants. Doesn’t get soaked in pouring rain.
TA 110 PCD Zephyr Outer Road Chainring 49T
TA 110 PCD Zephyr Inner Road Chainring 33T
Ultegra FD-CX70 Cyclo-Cross Front Derailleur -top pull derailleur so mud or ice can’t sit on to cable at bottom bracket.
Shimano Deore HollowTech Bottom Bracket
Shimano Ultegra 6700 10 Speed Cassette 12-30
Shimano 105 RD-5700 Rear DerailleurShimano
Shimano DX M647 Pedals
Stans No Tubes 473ml Tyre Sealant – in inner tubes, no flats since. Outer tires are Nokia with studs.
Deda Cortissimo Fixie Stem 35 mm – short stem, weight of from front so side slides on ice usually begin by
back wheel. If front wheel escapes from under yon weight you end up flat on the road.
Seat post Alias Alloy 35mm of 272-blk – whit short stem needed extra setback to get the riding position right.
LifeLine Storage Tool Bottle Small -holds BBB BMP-26 WindRush Mini Pump, Topeak Hexus II 16 Function Multi Tool and battery for front light.
Cateye TL-LD600 LED Rear Light
Shimano MT91 GoreTex SPD Touring/Hiking Boots -a must for winter cycling.
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11 February 2016
Good value brakes
Replaced my Tetro Oryx brakes on my tourer and are a vast improvement.I hope I can get replacement pads easily, or just use a different pad altogether.
02 January 2016
Great Stopping Power
Great value and easily fitted with great stopping power, yet to to be used in truly muddy conditions!
24 August 2015
I've been riding with these brakes for a year now. Good brakes, even in the wet
30 July 2015
Easier to set up and adjust than most canti's, pads included. Great.
10 April 2015
Much better than the Tetro Oryx
Put these on rear wheel to replace stock FZA canti's that had seized. A bit fiddly to set up but working a treat now they are installed. I have the fronts using Tetro Oryyx which are not as powerful. These are a excellent value for money.
06 May 2014
Bought them to replace my thirty year old mafacs
So easy to set up but expected performance to be better.They went on my cyclocross come touring bike so are adequate but certainly not for tandem use.Brake, blocks seem to be of harder rubber compound and could be the cause as they exept standard Vbrake blocks there is plenty of choice to replace them.
03 April 2014
Fairly easy to set up and adjust, a little fiddly but once installed fine-tuning is straightforward.
Good at stopping.
24 March 2014
Looks good! Works good!
I like the look of Canti brakes, and these CR720 cantis certainly stand out on 'the hardrubbish monstercross' . Setup was pretty easy for cantis. I can't comment on the original pads as I swapped then straight over for koolstop salmons. Note that these brakes are now supplied with 'Dura-ace' type pad holders, not the V brake type holders - I should have read the reviews better!
All in all I'm very happy with these for the price.
26 January 2014
I had Tektro Oryx front and back on my tourer , the front is acceptable but the back was lousy . I now have the CR720 cyclocross cantis on the back and my word they are amazing compared to the previous ones . I feel safer for a quicker stop .
11 January 2014
My present brakes were supplied with bike and are Shimano alloy cantilever BR-CX50 and are very poor. There is a spacer between brake pad and adjusting pivot arm which is specific to this set in order to reach the wheel rim. Will the Tektro CR720 fit the above bike frame and reach the wheel rims? Are they more efficient?