Cane Creek Direct Curve 3 Brake System

2.2/5 (5 Reviews)
Weight : 181 grams MSRP : $51.49


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Product Description

The innovative Direct Curve 3 uses no noodle, resulting in less friction. Fits standard cantilever / V-brake bosses. claimed 181 grams Works with all modern levers Aluminum construction


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by zakurka a Racer from Durango

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2008

Strengths:    Braking power is decent at best...Not really better than Shimano or Avid though.

Weaknesses:    Staying in adjustment. Poor engineering idea.

Bottom Line:   
Quite possibly the most frustrating brake I have ever used. I started this years race season with these on my bike after years of reliable service from Avid SLs. By the end of the season the SLs were back on the bike and the Cane Creeks have been relegated to commuter duty.
Problem #1: They refuse to stay properly adjusted. I adjusted them. Other mechanics adjusted them. My LBS adjusted them. I literally had to work on the rear one between every race or ride while it was on my bike.
Problem #2 When compressed the arms will not clear a high volume tire. Now this doesn't mean a wide or oversized tire. In the front I run a high volume 2.1 and the arms like to rub the corner knobs when the brake is compressed. This tends to make awful noise and likes to throw the bike a little off course.
These things are getting put on my beater bike for commuter duty. One chili for value because SD7s are the same price and one overall because these brakes are potentially dangerous.

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Favorite Trail:   Don't have one.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR, Avid AD 5,7, SL. Alivio, Promax

Bike Setup:   Steel Hardtail, With Thomson, XO, etc.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by John a Racer from mercersburg, pa, usa

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2007

Strengths:    none they suck

Weaknesses:    not powerful. screws that adjust the tension is weak i was riding twice and the springs pushed the bolt out and stripped them

Bottom Line:   
dont buy these, go with avid.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   tektro


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Riverside, CA

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2006

Strengths:    Simple cable routing, no noodle, nice looking, good price

Weaknesses:    Take too long to adjust, uneven spring tension, don't seem as powerful as competitors

Bottom Line:   
For some reason, to align these, I have to crank one side to nearly its maximum spring tension, and nearly nothing on the other side.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   bike29.com

Similar Products Used:   Avid Single Digit

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher 292, dual duty rims

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Guy Spiher a Racer from Winston Salem

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2006

Strengths:    Good lever feel, Great modulation, Strong-ish... see below... Cane Creek support and I needed it!!! Thanks Peter.

Weaknesses:    Flexy arms and very weak pivot bushing posts. Too light and too flimsy for real XC Save the trouble and get the DC5 Brakes Mo Better. Ohh Yeah, Cane Creek has them made in Taiwan probably Dia Compe

Bottom Line:   
You can do better and still stay with Cane Creek. Good idea and good construction from little Wang Hung Lo in Taiwan but it ain't American like they might assume you believe it is. Pivot bushing retention post is just pressed into the bushing. This little post takes all of the torsional or twisting loads placed on it when you squeeze the lever to use the brakes. This is the post that you insert into the little hole in your brake boss on your frame. If this bends as it will surely do you will have very unresponsive and weak brakes. Cane Creek Tech was excellent in sending me out new bushings but same dealie. DC2 and DC5 brakes much better in this regard. Arms flexy also.Bottom Line??? Cane Creek just shaved too much off of the DC2 and DC5 Brakes too save a few grams. Durability suffers. Wanna save some weight?? Skip the fries and burger and go for a ride.

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Favorite Trail:   just get me out

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Asheville

Similar Products Used:   DC2 DC5 DC8-73 Ohh wait thats not a brake thats my ride. XTR from the Evil Empire and I can't stop my brakes need bled Magura

Bike Setup:   East Coast Ti Hardtail with some good race goodies on it

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stan a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2006

Strengths:    Smooth, predictable braking power, great modulation, shorter cable runs, no noodles and extra drag on cables; absolutely squeek free, nice aesthetics, too.

Weaknesses:    Setup slightly more involved than regular V-brakes, need to carefully set spring adjusters and tension the mounting bolts on each brake arm. Nothing too hard, just 30 min. of experimentation gets you properly setup. If not adjusted carefully, pads will wear out fast and uneven.

Bottom Line:   
Great design from a respected company, simple and effective.
No flashy gimmicks, just functional and strong. You do need to spend time for proper initial setup, but than it's just: squeeze the levers slightly, and the bike backs from under you, hold on to the bar!

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Favorite Trail:   Cityscape

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   eBay seller - bicyclesupply

Similar Products Used:   various Shimano V's, Tektro's, other no-names

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Merano on 29'er Alexrims DM18, Maxxis Knobby D1040, Manitou Luxe fork, RockShoxs susp. post. Avid SAAGO stem, Bontrager flat steerer, Cane Creek brake levers, Avid Flak Jacket cabling.

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Front Vs Rear - Cane Creek Direct Curve 3 Brakes

I just received a set of Cane Creek Direct Curve 3 brakes. However, I can't see any physical difference whatsoever between the brakes in the boxes marked front and those in the boxes marked rear. The part number on the box marked front brakes is: BRK3400K The part number on the box marked rear bra ... Read More »

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