Dia-Compe 986 Brake Brake System

2.88/5 (8 Reviews)


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DiaCompe 986


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Mike a cross-country rider from Antioch CA

Date Reviewed: March 28, 1998

Bottom Line:   

Although simple, reliable, and light, the pads are hard to adjust and I haven't yet been able to get the squeal out; I'm using Kool Stop Eagle Claw pads. I like the independant spring tension adjustment. They have a lot of fore and aft play. You can hear the back brake click because of this play when you get on and off the brake. Careful filing down the lenght of the bushing can eliminate this play, but still doesn't eliminate pad squeal. I have another bike with Shimano LX's, and I would say they are better than the LX's.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Michael Allen a cross-country rider from Wayland, MA

Date Reviewed: June 4, 1997

Bottom Line:   


These brakes suck more than anything else has ever sucked. Pad height, depth, and contact angle all adjust with the same bolt - yuk! Look at the photo above - like on all other 986's, the pads are misaligned. Require a death-grip to even slow down. Forget about stopping after shredding your favorite mud hole. Blech!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mountain Man a cross-country rider from Spokane, WA

Date Reviewed: March 6, 1997

Bottom Line:   


These are simple, light, and very practical. Not too bad to adjust if you know what you are doing. Just as effective as V brakes if they are set up properly- and have more room for adjustments. Good over all product.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by B. Seal a weekend warrior from Virginia

Date Reviewed: March 5, 1997

Bottom Line:   


I never had a big problem adjusting these brakes and with the proper pulling angle of the cable, I was able to stop quite abruptly. I found them cheap, light, and simple.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Ralph a weekend warrior from Fair Haven, N.J.

Date Reviewed: February 8, 1997

Bottom Line:   


A bitch to adjust. Can never seem to get the adjustments just right without rubbing or having too much play in the levers.
It stops the bike, but can't handle any moisture or mud very well.
I'd upgrade these if I had the choice.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Lowe a racer from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: October 16, 1996

Bottom Line:   


Cheap, simple, light. They work. They don't brake. No funky, overly complex mechanisms to screw around with. Of course since they aren't anodized and don't cost a ton of money your typical yuppie poser crowd will hate them.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Erik Su a weekend warrior from Ithaca, NY

Date Reviewed: June 21, 1996

Bottom Line:   


These brakes are the same design as the Ritchey Logic brakes. These brakes stop
quite well. However, I think that pad adjustment is the most important feature
of brakes - if a brake is easy too adjust, it will work great, but if it is hard
to adjust, then even the most swank brakes won't stop anything. These brakes
are not easy to adjust, about as hard as Shimanos, maybe even harder. The high
profile also lets the rear brake hit my foot on as it pedals up the back.
Sometimes annoying, but one time my foot got caught underneath the brake, and I
couldn't move my foot past it as I was pedaling up, so I ended up falling.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Ron a weekend warrior from Coronado CA

Date Reviewed: June 10, 1996

Bottom Line:   


Workman-like middle of the road brakes. They work great with no fade if you're
doing extended braking. Not so easy to adjust. If you have brakes below these
and you're going to upgrade, you might want to go farther up the price scale
than these.

Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

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Diacomp 986/Suntour X1canti brake help

I have these Diacomp 986s and Suntour X-1 cantilevers that I'd like to use on a couple of build-ups. I'm running out of Shimano cantis.Anyone have any diagrams so I can figure them out? Much appreciated. :cool:Read More »

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