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Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake

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RT-5 Mini V-brake Cantilever Brakes front and rear compatible. Dual tension adjusters, pads are factory installed for rear wheel. For front wheel interchange the pads.
  • Brake Type: Linear Pull - Cantilever
  • Brake Lever Actuation: Short Pull
  • Weight: 121 g
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Brake Usage F/R: Front, Rear
  • Pad: Cartridge
  • Hub/Brake Compatibility: Rim Brake
  • Includes straddle cable
  • Sold singly, order a quantity of "2" for two brakes(front and rear)
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Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Cyclocross (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good, inexpensive brakes

    Tried this to replace a stock Tektro 992A on my bike in hopes of better stopping power. At the price, hard to beat, comes with everything you need to install it.Read complete review

    Tried this to replace a stock Tektro 992A on my bike in hopes of better stopping power. At the price, hard to beat, comes with everything you need to install it.
    Installation was a breeze mostly, no troubles at all. The braking feel is much firmer, better feel. Unfortunately, the braking power seems to be not much improved vs. the 992A's. Perhaps my bike is too heavy, but I'm used to much better performance from my caliper brakes on my lighter road bikes, even in the wet. Will try better pads later, but quite satisfied with these brakes, especially for the price.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent brakes for the money

    Bought these to replace the Tektro Oryx brakes that came stock with my Masi CX bike (Oryx are about the only cantis going that are even cheaper in price than these ones). Read complete review

    Bought these to replace the Tektro Oryx brakes that came stock with my Masi CX bike (Oryx are about the only cantis going that are even cheaper in price than these ones).

    So far these have been a marginal upgrade. The major benefit to this point is that they are less fiddly to set up than the Oryx brakes, more easily adjusted, and don't seem nearly as prone to chatter or squealing.

    Given the way the brake arms are set up, I would have expected more power out of them, but they have no more braking power than the Oryx line. I'm keen to try these with kool stop salmon pads, as the stock pads, while okay I guess, are pretty weak in any kind of wet weather - they seem to be able to slow the bike alright, but bringing it to a complete halt is another matter, which is odd.

    Still, for the price, not too shabby. If you're thinking of doing what other reviewers have done, and decide to pick up some kool stop salmon pads, be aware that that you'll need the kool stop pads with the narrower stem (the stem comes in two sizes as far as I understand it - the thicker stem will not pass through the hole on these brakes).

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    4.0

    Good, inexpensive brakes

    By IBall

    from Pacific NW

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Lightweight
    • Sturdy Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

      Tried this to replace a stock Tektro 992A on my bike in hopes of better stopping power. At the price, hard to beat, comes with everything you need to install it.
      Installation was a breeze mostly, no troubles at all. The braking feel is much firmer, better feel. Unfortunately, the braking power seems to be not much improved vs. the 992A's. Perhaps my bike is too heavy, but I'm used to much better performance from my caliper brakes on my lighter road bikes, even in the wet. Will try better pads later, but quite satisfied with these brakes, especially for the price.

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      4.0

      The Cheap Champ

      By DanC

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Great Stopping Power
      • Price

      Cons

      • Stock Pads

      Best Uses

      • commuting
      • Cross

      Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

      Replaced my Oryx. Immediately noticeable upgrade. Much easier set up. Better feel and stopping power.

      The stock pads were hard so I replaced with some Shimano pads. Will put Kool Stop Salmon on for cross season.

       
      5.0

      nice economical upgrade

      By Mark916

      from Sacramento, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Sturdy Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

          Nice improvement over lousy Avid Shorty 4 brakes that had weaker stopping power and were noisy. Install was easy and noises were eliminated. They happen to look nice despite being affordable. First time I installed cantilevers and included instructions were clear.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Decent brakes for the money

          By Mark The Destroyer

          from Vancouver, BC

          Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

          Bought these to replace the Tektro Oryx brakes that came stock with my Masi CX bike (Oryx are about the only cantis going that are even cheaper in price than these ones).

          So far these have been a marginal upgrade. The major benefit to this point is that they are less fiddly to set up than the Oryx brakes, more easily adjusted, and don't seem nearly as prone to chatter or squealing.

          Given the way the brake arms are set up, I would have expected more power out of them, but they have no more braking power than the Oryx line. I'm keen to try these with kool stop salmon pads, as the stock pads, while okay I guess, are pretty weak in any kind of wet weather - they seem to be able to slow the bike alright, but bringing it to a complete halt is another matter, which is odd.

          Still, for the price, not too shabby. If you're thinking of doing what other reviewers have done, and decide to pick up some kool stop salmon pads, be aware that that you'll need the kool stop pads with the narrower stem (the stem comes in two sizes as far as I understand it - the thicker stem will not pass through the hole on these brakes).

           
          4.0

          Excellent Value

          By MikeD

          from Australia

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • cheap
          • Easy setup
          • Pads Easy To Source
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Adjuster Screw Burred

          Best Uses

          • Cyclocross
          • Touring

          Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

          Great brake for the money. Buy some Kool Stop salmons at the same time and you get a great set of Cx brakes for ~$50. Only negative is that of of the spring tension allen bolts used to adjust the tension of each spring burred off.

           
          5.0

          Value value value value

          By hsssdff

          from USA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • durability
          • easy quick release
          • Easy Set Up
          • Mud Clearance
          • value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Cyclocross
            • Mud
            • Racing

            Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

            VALUE VALUE VALUE VALUE

            For the money it does NOT get any better than this. If you are looking for some cantis for your cross bike than pick these! I would suggest them even over the most expensive canti brakes. You cant beat the prie. You are getting top of the line quality, and durability.

            The price was so good, and I was so happy with this product that I bought an extra one just to have!

             
            5.0

            All you need.

            By RingoDaddy

            from Minneapolis, MN

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Set Up
            • Everything included
            • Great performance
            • High Quality Finish
            • Smooth feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Cyclocross
              • Gravel century cruiser

              Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

              I was very impressed when I received these brakes. They're a reasonably priced choice, in a market of brakes priced WAY TO HIGH. Don't waste your money on bling. You can't fill that void with overpriced, overengineered, fanciness. These have a smooth feel, powerful performance, and not chatter at all. Granted, I used a fork mounted cable hanger (tektro as well), which you should consider if you've ever had brake squeal. I've put a couple hundred miles on them and they're still perfectly set up.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great value cantis

              By CoffeeDoc

              from Chapel Hill, NC

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good stopping power
              • Great Value
              • Road brakepad shoes

              Cons

              • A bit finicky

              Best Uses

              • CX especially in the mud

              Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

              I picked these up over a year ago. So far, I have nothing to complain about. Once they are set up, they work very well and have held up for a few CX season. I like the road brake shoes, so I can use any one of the compounds that are available.

               
              5.0

              Great budget cantis

              By Randoboarder

              from Baltimore, MD

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • cheap
              • Easy Installation
              • Good braking power
              • Tektro name

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Daily commuter

              Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

              These were easy to install on my commuter (Surly Cross Check). It was a budget build, but these perform like $90 cantis. Can't go wrong with these if you're only using your bike to commute. Haven't gone trail riding so I can't tell you how they handle mud, but I couldn't say these wouldn't be able to handle it.

              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              after replacing...

              By Nelson

              from Scarborough On Canada

              Comments about Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake:

              after replacing front pads to yellow from black , it made no difference in braking well.lowering the cable to try to get as close to the 90* linkwire requirement , was an improvement , but since the mechanical advantage of these cantis are much less than v-brakes , i've given up & going back to V's that work perfectly for years at 100 times the stopping ability.

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