Shimano 105 BR-5800 Road Brakes
Setting a new bar in the trickle-down technology trend, Shimano 105 5800 brings uncompromising 11-speed road performance to the more budget conscious rider. With a foundation set firmly on the success of Dura-Ace and Ultegra, Shimano's 105 5800 group is a workhorse component package that can hang with the best the industry has to offer. Powerful improvements across the range deliver optimized drivetrain and braking performance that will instantly take your riding to a whole new level. There are lots of flashy, distracting contenders out there, but if you're main focus is getting down to business, the new Shimano 105 group is ready to log some overtime.
For the 5800 series, Shimano didn't only focus on shifting improvements. The 5800 group now offers the same symmetrical dual pivot design found in the Ultegra and Dura Ace groups. Twin bearings at the pivots decrease friction and make for an exceptional brake feel and performance. These updates result in a 10% power increase and the new design allows for up to 28mm high volume tires.
Shimano 105 BR-5800 Road Brake Features:
- Symetrical dual-pivot design
- Twin bearings at pivots
- 10% power increase over 5700 series
- Alloy construction
- Fits tires up to 28mm
These may lack the aesthetic elegance of other dual-pivot designs (they look a little "robo-mech" if that makes any sense), and as others have noted they're a bit on the heavy side, but neither of these is a concern for me which is why I didn't list them as cons. Besides, both issues are more than offset by functionality and features.
It should be noted that these ship with a variety of lengths of brake nuts for the front fork. Also, the brake shoe holders are adjustable to allow for toeing-in; and there's a centering nut for precise centering of the brake arms.
It should also be noted that if you're running an older set up, as I am, the lower cup / fork crown race of the headset may interfere with the front brake. Clearly, these were designed with integrated headsets in mind. I added a few millimeters of washers to push the front brake out beyond the protruding headset. No issues. Bear in mind though, I'm not racing on these brakes, and I'm a light rider -- but I do ride in heavy traffic every day, four-seasons, all-weather.
BEST USES: Racing, Upgrade, Casual Riding, Road Biking
PROS: Durable, Strong Brake, Easy To Install
PROS: Attractive Design
PROS: Attractive Design, Solid feel, Easy To Install
BEST USES: Upgrade, Road Biking
PROS: Excellent Stopping Power
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CONS: Not lightweight
BEST USES: Road Biking, Cyclocross
PROS: Durable, Stylish, Lightweight
PROS: Durable, Stylish
PROS: Stop the bike quickly
PROS: Direct Replacement, Attractive Design, Lightweight, Durable, Easy To Install
BEST USES: Road Biking, Casual Riding, Racing
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PROS: Easy To Install, Durable
PROS: Great Components, Versatile, Lightweight
PROS: Attractive Design, Easy To Install
BEST USES: Road Biking, Upgrade, Racing
He is an avid mountain biker who does all of his own repairs.
PROS: Durable, Easy To Install
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