Curve Brake Brake System

3/5 (17 Reviews)
MSRP : $70.00


Product Description

Curve Jaws Aluminum


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve Just a Weekend Warrior from San Francisco, CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2000

Strengths:    The brakes look good. The reason I still ride them and I haven't yet switched to Vees is 'cause I don't want to give up the feel of the levers which I like a lot, way more than most Vee brake levers.

Weaknesses:    They take way, way too long to adjust.

Bottom Line:   
The brakes do a better job of stopping than most people seem to have said in the reviews... I weigh 165 and as long as you take the time to set them up they don't seem to have too much trouble. Is it worth the headache to be DIFFERENT? That's for you to decide. But again, can I just say, the levers feel great?

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Favorite Trail:   headlands

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Mostly other cantis, some Vees, switching soon to Avid.

Bike Setup:   '96 Lava Dome, project 2 teeth rattlers, 2" rise bars, others...

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 26, 1999

Bottom Line:   
these brakes were O.E on my AA, put up with them for 2 long years before I found the magic of V brakes. What can i say anyone still on the curve...get rid of them!!Same goes for their cranks. Total cheapskate Kona, very disappointing. Though points for trying to be unique.

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Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years


Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Kris a Weekend Warrior from Bozeman MT

Date Reviewed: April 30, 1999

Bottom Line:   
This is a just fine brake for a thrasher like me. I only weigh about 150 so it doesn't take much to get me stopped anywhays. So far the only bad thing was teh two hours i spent setting them up and adjusting them. I won't complain, though, I got them for free. If you have the choice get V-brakes, but these will stop you just about as well and look a little cooler :^)

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months


Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Rob a cross-country rider from Rock City

Date Reviewed: March 6, 1999

Bottom Line:   


These brakes came stock on my '96 Cinder Cone. They were, by far, THE single most disappointing thing about the bike. They were next to impossible to adjust, flexed like crazy, and had absolutely no stopping power at all. I seriously doubt they even sell these things anymore, but if they do, DON'T under any circumstances consider buying them. There are way better alternatives that cost less than half as much, lx-v's etc... The only thing that these brakes and levers had going for them was that they looked good, which doesn't mean a whole helluva lot when they don't stop you. They get one chili 'cause they did stop me, eventually, albeit with my friends at a complete stop 100' behind me on the trail.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by observant reader from Vancouver,Canada B.C.

Date Reviewed: January 27, 1999

Bottom Line:   


Hey, bullshit crap made by a Taiwan brake maker. Kona could'nt make it with
their Joe Murray line of components and hence the name CURVE was
born. One would be better off just buying a stock Chang Star brake instead
of buying this CURVE brake that puts bucks in Kona's (Dan Gerhard,Jacob
Heibron,Dan(Dewey)LaFavor and Patrick(Paddy)White not to mention a whole
bunch host of others.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by big AL a weekend warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 16, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I got these (Curve OM) brakes with my '96 Kona Cinder Cone. They're not bad for stopping but constantly need attention/adjustment for more braking power (esp at the lever and at the cable guide). Up here in the Pacific Northwest, things are muddy and wet and these do not clear mud and crud very well in spite of the holes in it's body. I'm gonna be switching to Vee's soon once I get the cash cuz I'm tired of grabbing handfuls of brake!!!!!! Can't give it anymore than 4 chillies cuz they do perform their job of stopping a 230lb gorilla like me! Keep the dirt side down dudes!

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by greg a cross-country rider from OH

Date Reviewed: February 27, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I've had these brakes for nearly three years and once adjusted correctly, the brakes did a good job. I adjusted them on the spungy side. I'm sure there not the best, but quality is good and overall they do a good job. Try a different brake pad. Made a difference in the performance.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Ryan Denove a racer from Orlando,FL,USA

Date Reviewed: February 14, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I have Curve brakes and they are running fine on my Kona U'i. They are very strong , (not as strong as V-brakes)and i like them. The only problem with them is there weight. But overal i think that there not that bad of brakes. So i think that they should get atleast a 4.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Jordan Wong a weekend warrior from Burnaby, B.C.

Date Reviewed: December 2, 1997

Bottom Line:   


***WARNING*** Do NOT buy these brakes
First of all, If you are going to spend $70 on a set of brakes, you mind as well buy V-Brakes. V-brakes have way more power. Secondly these brakes do exactly what they're called...-they Curve! The brakes flex like crazy!!! If you have them set up normally like any other brakeset, when you pull on the lever the pads touch the rim almost right away and then when you keep pulling, they FLEX all the way to the handlebar. Finally, These brakes are a hassle to set up.
If I had a choice I would rate these a ZERO! But because the raitings go only 1,
I will have to give them that!

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by barry a racer from ontario

Date Reviewed: September 17, 1997

Bottom Line:   


i bought the u.s. made brakes ( as opposed to the asian manufactured ones on your konas ) and i love them, of course after i've spent 12 hours installing them, there nice and stiff with the richey pads. the only complaint that i have is that the carbon spring caps have small cracks in them, but it hasn't botherd there performance after a year of racing!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by David a weekend warrior from New hampshire, USA

Date Reviewed: August 23, 1997

Bottom Line:   


Curve brakes. Always seemed just right to me. Not to terribly hard to adjust. Then never touched them. Smooth, controlled, no-grab stopping. I'd pay to buy these if they weren't on my Kona Kailuiea as purchased.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Rusty Becker a cross-country rider from Finksburg,MD

Date Reviewed: April 10, 1997

Bottom Line:   


Time consuming to get set up correct, but once done I haven't had to adjust them in almost 2 years. Best Brakes I have riden.....easy to do minor adjustments with....Gotta love 'em

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by brad chu a weekend warrior from honolulu

Date Reviewed: March 10, 1997

Bottom Line:   


These brakes came with my Kona Lavadome and they're passable, barely. The levers are ok as well. I'm planning on dumping them for a set of side pull brakes soon. Toe in is a pain with these. No wonder Kona dropped them from their 97 line.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Dan a weekend warrior from Honolulu, Hawaii

Date Reviewed: March 4, 1997

Bottom Line:   


These brakes came with my Kona AA (Curve OM). Can't say I ever had any good luck with them. A lot of adjustments. l Finally broke down and bought some DX V brakes. Best and only thing I have had to do to my Kona. I have to say the same for the Curve levers that came with them,,, give them away.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by jesse cahill a cross-country rider from motreal canada

Date Reviewed: February 12, 1997

Bottom Line:   


I have curve OM brakes on my '96 Kona Kil' and after six months have been very satisfied. It's true that they are hard to adjust but once they're set up they stop ya just fine. The only major dowwner i have had with the is that I keep cutting the inside of my leg on the cantis on steep downhills. Oh well guess I'll have to learn how to ride.

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