Dia-Compe 737 V-brakes Brake System

3.28/5 (67 Reviews)


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Dia-Compe 737 V-brakes


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rick bensyl a Cross Country Rider from tucker,ga, usa

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2002

Strengths:    Light weight, very inexpensive, but not durable

Weaknesses:    They suck- I had to replace both front and rear v-Brakes after internal bushings disintegrated on the trail, leaving me with the brake in the "on" position.These won't last long if you use them hard.

Bottom Line:   
Save up and spend just a few more dollars to Buy Avids or XTRS at somewhere inexpensive online

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Favorite Trail:   any without roots

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Avid, Shimano LX, XT, XTR

Bike Setup:   Klein Adept, mostly XTR , except SRAM Rear Der. and gripshift

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Geir a Cross Country Rider from Norway

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2001

Strengths:    Well, I guess they were cheap.

Weaknesses:    I had all the same problems as the other folks here. Stock pads wear down quickly. Brakes need adjustment constantly, which is quite a hazzle since the brakes are hard to adjust. The final nail in the coffin came when the spring housing broke.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes are cheap, but the quality is VERY poor. Go for something else.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Hardrocx LX/XT

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom a Cross Country Rider from Waterloo, IA, United States

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2000

Strengths:    Improvement over cantilevers
Levers are ergo-friendly


Weaknesses:    A pain to keep adjusted
Not as powerful as advertised!


Bottom Line:   
If you're into adjusting and cussing, these brakes are for you! However, they are a power-improvement over cantilevers.

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Favorite Trail:   Any tight, twisty singletrack

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   LX cantilevers
Avid 2.0
XT Vbrakes


Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher hardtail
Manitou fork

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Butcher a Weekend Warrior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap.
Good braking well it lasted when set up right


Weaknesses:    Pain to adjust.
Not very durable


Bottom Line:   
Where good brakes if set up properly but they lasted for almost 2 years but I started riding trials and the couldn't take the braking forces and developed play so off to the trashcan they go.

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Favorite Trail:   Bird Hill

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Canti's, Avids, Bulldogs

Bike Setup:   KHS Summit souped up for trials

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from NM USA

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2000

Strengths:    They are the cheapest but as the saying goes,
you get what you pay for.


Weaknesses:    Bent the brake lever.
had some of the same problems as -Alacritas a Cross-Country Rider from Alabama -- a few posts down from this.
broke the plastic housing piece and the brakes do not return properly.
Stock pads suck wear out easily.


Bottom Line:   
The quality is not good they do not last long.
Better than cantis but if you want V's save up and get something better!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Avid 10s and 20s
Shimano V's
Shimano Cantis


Bike Setup:   96 Trek 930
97 Judy C
XT deraillurs
STX RC shifters
STX crank
Sachs Chain
DiaCompe 737 brakes and levers
Matrix wheels(never thought they would last 3 years!!)

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Simon Coe a Weekend Warrior from Tunbridge Wells

Date Reviewed: September 20, 1999

Strengths:    
None found yet


Weaknesses:    
Self adjusting brake tension drives me nuts, stack pads fade really badly - change to Kool Stops if you want dependable stopping


Bottom Line:   
If they come as stock, try and upgrade in the shop. If you've got 'em, plan on changing quick.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
LX - much better


Bike Setup:   
1999 FSR

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Greg W a Cross-Country Rider from El Paso,Tx

Date Reviewed: August 27, 1999

Strengths:    
inexpensive, powerful, good looks


Weaknesses:    
none so far


Bottom Line:   
I have used these for a year now, and have yet to see any probs with them. Maybe its the way I installed them... cleaned and polished the brake studs, then coated them with never sieze prior to installing. BIG imporvement over cantis... easier to set up, and consistant braking power. They did stick a little once after a particularly muddy ride, but a little soap and lube fixed them right up. i recommended them to a friend, and he is simliarly pleased with them. 5 chilis to make up for all the other singles.

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Favorite Trail:   
high altitude classic race

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
tektro cantis, lx cantis


Bike Setup:   
95 KHS Montana Comp, manitou Mach 5 Pro XC

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Alacritas a Cross-Country Rider from Alabama

Date Reviewed: August 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheapest thing going (Supergo special), less slop than any year of Shimano LX, lightweight, appeals to cheapskates like me


Weaknesses:    
I the d@mned caliper's spring housinge BROKE in half and jammed


Bottom Line:   
I used to have nothing but good things to say about these calipers. Of course the pads and the levers are crap (everyone should know that before they buy them), but I always liked the arms. I considered them to be superior in every way to Shimano LX Vees. That was until my right front caliper ^%*&^ing broke. The spring housing piece broke in half, so it was jamming against the arm itself. I could squeeze it against the rim, but it wouldn't release. So I had to get out of the woods with no front brake. I'm a little bitter about that, which is why I'm posting a review. I take back every nice thing I've ever said in techtalk about Diacrap brakes. Of course I threw out the instructions, but maybe I'll find an 800# from this site. I'm gonna call 'em and ask them to make this right. Diacompe, you b@stards, you'd better be ready to hear from me!

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Shimano LX Vees, XTR Vees


Bike Setup:   
Trusty '95 Trek hardtail w/ Zoke Z1-alloy

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by litefreek a Cross-Country Rider from Speicher, Germany

Date Reviewed: August 17, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap


Weaknesses:    
Setting them up


Bottom Line:   
Got these from supergo for christmas 98. Put them on and had a real hard time adjusting them. Had the same problems everyone else did. Would go out of adjustment, rub the rim,..ect. Told a buddy of mine and he said to back the spring tension all the way out, then in just enough to have VERY LITTLE tension. This was the trick. After that, no problems with staying centered. I did replace the pads up front, thought they were to soft. Replaced them with some from the LBS. Much better now. Do get a squeal from the front, but think thats do to toe in/out adjustment being off. Stopping power is excellent compared to cantis. Havnt tried any other vees though. For fun I put my old cantis to do a comparison. Was afraid I wasnt going to stop in time!! Put the vees back on that same day. Overall, worth the money. Pain in the butt to set up the first time. after that AOK. Pads that came with it were a little to soft for me.

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Favorite Trail:   
George's trail

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Cantis


Bike Setup:   
Litespeed, xt - lx mix

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Jay a Cross-Country Rider from State College, PA

Date Reviewed: August 16, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap.
Look like they are made well


Weaknesses:    
Spring tension is garbage.


Bottom Line:   
Cheap as dirt
Would not recommend though.
The spring tension is a non for the return.

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Favorite Trail:   
all

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Tektros, LX


Bike Setup:   
hardtail

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Austin a Weekend Warrior from SG

Date Reviewed: July 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap but lousy


Weaknesses:    
slippery brakes...
not powerful


Bottom Line:   
i had thrown this brake away and now im using LX......LX is many many hell times better than this brake!!
keep clear frm it!!!!
i dun think it deserve any chilis....

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Favorite Trail:   
quarry

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
i tried b4 nearly all the dia-compe and NON ARE GOOD!!!!!


Bike Setup:   
Rockhopper A1 FS
RS Judy XC
XT/XTR

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Clay Shipman a Racer from Lancaster, PA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Very inexpensive for V Brakes. I work at a bike shop and I would choose these brakes over a lot of the other crap I see.


Weaknesses:    
Hard to center, but manageable. Can squeel if pads are not correctly towed.


Bottom Line:   
These brakes performed well after I had adjusted them properly. At first they squeeled, but new pads and adjustments fixed that. For the money, these brakes are the best you can get. My advise is to buy them as an upgrade from cantilevers, otherwise go with Shimano LX.

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Favorite Trail:   
Moab

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
XTR Brakes, XT Brakes, LX Brakes, Magura, Dia Compe 747, 757, Disc, Coda, Hayes Disc, Hope Disc, Stamped Steel, RockShox Disc, All other Brakes.
(I work in a bike shop.)


Bike Setup:   
Canondale DS, Fatty Pro
GT Team, SID
Trek Pro 9.9, SID
Trek Elite 9.8, SID
Giant XTC SE-1, Judy XC
Giant ATX DS, BoXXer
Raleigh, Indy S
Pro Flex, Girvin Vector
Ellsworth Dare, ZZYZX
Trek 6000, Manitou SX D
Trek 7000, Judy XC
Trek 8000, Manitou SX
Trek 8500, Judy 100
Trek 8900, Judy SL
Giant Boulder, RIGID
Giant Rincon, RIGID
Trek 800, RIGID
Trek 810, SYNC FLY
REMEMBER: I Work At A Bike Shop!!!

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Jason Wither a Cross-Country Rider from Steamboat, CO

Date Reviewed: June 21, 1999

Strengths:    
worked well the first couple of monthes


Weaknesses:    
back cable streched, and of course one of the rear pads developed an urge to remain against the rim long after I had stopped breaking.


Bottom Line:   
if you want cheep v-breaks and don't ride much, or you like messing with your brakes as much as you ride these are the brakes for you, otherwise try to avoid them.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Bike Setup:   
Cannondale F500 - got it used and put new components on it - hoped to save a bit getting these breaks over shimano ones - not a good idea

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Jaomir a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: June 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Good enough to stop ya..
looks are ok...


Weaknesses:    
stuck to my rims thus slowing me down....
not good enough to hold u..


Bottom Line:   
It came with my rockhopper....at first they are strong
but later the front brake arm did not return.....
thinking of changing to LX Vs......

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Bike Setup:   
RH A1 FS

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Mike a Cross-Country Rider from Antioch, CA

Date Reviewed: May 17, 1999

Strengths:    
Low cost, nice workmanship, nice design (enclosed spring, bronze pivot bushing).


Weaknesses:    
Invariably, one arm doesn't return. Not well sealed so water and dirt can get into bearing area. Too little clearance in bearing area (I've concluded this after all the fooling around I've done with this brake). If a little dirt and/or water gets in, the arm(s) bind.


Bottom Line:   
Buy the Shimano LX brake. The pads stink but overall you'll be screwing with the brakes less. Initially, I thought these brakes were great (see my 2 other reviews), but now I've given up on them.

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Favorite Trail:   
Ridge Trail

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Shimano Deore LX V brake (replaced pads with Aztecs).


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale Killer V-HT with DD60 HeadShock and a KEI HydraPost.

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