Paul Components Motolite Linear Pull Brake System

4.35/5 (46 Reviews)
MSRP : $107.00


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Product Description

The Motolite is here to stay. The design of this product is so nearly perfect that there is no foreseeable reason to ever change it.

The pivot mechanism has an excellent track record (first used in 1990), the quick-release (releasing the cable for wheel changes) works so well, and is so simple the only reason it isn't widely copied is because Shimano doesn't use it, and it is so easy to set up.

The arms are reversible so the cable can come in from the left or right, and the noodle is lined with Teflon for smooth action.



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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mwv

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2013

Strengths:    Adjustability, braking power

Weaknesses:    I don't understand the noodle design, seems it could be greatly improved on. Maybe I am missing something.

Bottom Line:   
I have never set up a set of rim brakes of any kind in my life and I didn't really have any problems with it at all. It's pretty straight forward for anyone with mechanical aptitude. While I understand the complaint about needing a wrench I found it surprisingly easy to get tuned with one. I just wish it came with a different noodle design.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Stu a Racer from USA

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2012

Strengths:    CNC


Weaknesses:    Aluminum is soft. Can gouge it easily

Bottom Line:   
The guy who earlier said it was easy to set up, but then put in parentheses that it took him AN HOUR to setup, is a total moron. Congratulations, you just won first prize for dumbest post of the century. No V-brake should ever take more than 5 mins, and that probably includes taking it out of the box.

There has been endless mention about how finicky the initial setup is. I agree, and that's because for whatever reason, Paul does not have the centering slot that a 2mm allen key would fit into it, like Shimano or Sram. You have to loosen the spring, then GUESS the tension, tighten it, and hope that the brake pads are now evenly centered. If not, repeat. Often. THAT IS THE MAJOR GRIPE with the setup, and something the poster from Earth wrote many posts below, who at least gave us the reason why this was setup was tedious, instead of basically everyone just saying, "it's a hassle to setup initially". At least that dude educated the masses. And yes, you do need a cone wrench to hold the spring down, unless you're Superman (a few posts below) who was able to do it with his hands (sorry, but you're in the minority, since most of us get pleasured by a woman, not by your own right hand). Ever see how big a cone wrench is? Good, because you'll be having to carry that since no mini-tool has one.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   From both the big "S"

Bike Setup:   2 wheels, handlebar, chain, etc...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by My2coins a Cross Country Rider from Northern California

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2011

Strengths:    These are strong and very adjustable. You can swap washers for wider seatstays and / or more leverage. There's also room to move up or down to get the pads to make flat contact. I rode these for the first time and almost forgot they weren't discs. One finger no problem!

Weaknesses:    None so far


Bottom Line:   
These brakes are great. There are lots of good brakes out there to choose from but these have been and are as good as anything non disk you're going to find.
I really don't understand all the complaints about the difficulty getting these adjusted.
Just to prove it to myself, and you all, I decided to see if I could adjust them well enough to ride using just a 5mm allen and my hands. No problem took all of two minutes to loosen the fixing bolt which releases the spring tension, and then re adjust the springs, on both brakes.
The key is that you need to loosen the fixing bolt and then set the spring and yes it is way easier with a small adjustable or in my case an original "COOL TOOL" to get the springs dead even but they don't need to be dead even to pull you to a dead stop! By hand the tension can be too light for some levers so using tools is the way to go. There should be no reason to have to adjust these while on a ride but if you ever do, you should be prepared to work on any part of your bike. Especially if you plan to leave the parking area.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Xtr vbrakes, Avid tri align, dia compe, ritchey, XT canti, Scott pedersen S/E, pretty mcuch all the old school names.

Bike Setup:   Ibis Alibi, King/mavic Wheels, Paul's motolites, King headset, gripshift/sram 9sp, thomson post/stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GT_4_Ever a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2011

Strengths:    Awesome braking, smooth as butter

Weaknesses:    Difficult to set up

Bottom Line:   
Amazing brakes, incredible workmanship great stopping power smooth as butter and a work of art. Now setting these babies up takes a bit of time. It is quite simple but let me deatil a couple of things that I ran into. 1) Make sure the brake studs are firmly tight as adjusting these puts greater turn force on studs. 2) The coil tension springs are not multi directional they have a specific whay of being placed so that they tighted in when box nuts are expanded outward. If you place them wrong they will not exert the correct outward force. That said they are actually quite simple to set up and offer countless set up options.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $165.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   XTR V-brake

Bike Setup:   Rocking Mountain Soul SS, Rac-Face Deuce, Chris King BB, 18t cog and headset, Titec Ti bars, Wipperman SS chain, Paul Motolite brakes, chain guide and breake levers, Selle Italia SLR 135gm saddle, Thomson SP and stem, Pace RC31

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Carl Williams a Cross Country Rider from New York

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2010

Strengths:    Stopping power

Weaknesses:    Setup

Bottom Line:   
Setup, as mentioned repeatedly in these reviews, is a major hassle. Unlike Avid or Shimano brakes (tighten them with a 5mm wrench and center the pads with the screws on the sides, taking all of a few seconds), the Pauls require you to guess the spring tension by doing and undoing the springs. If you ever have adjusted the old cup and cone hubs, you'll know exactly what I mean. The worst part is having to use a cone wrench - and since most cone wrenches won't fit inside a small saddle pack when, for instance, a Topeak Alien will, you have to carry it in a jersey pocket in case of roadside adjustments. It makes no sense why any rim brake requires a cone wrench to center the pads when Shimano/Avid have simplified the design ten-fold. This isn't good ol' fashion Paul bashing for the sake of it- read the previous reviews and you'll see many folks complain about the set-up.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Shimano/Avid


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by 251 a Cross Country Rider from Glenelg, SA, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2009

Strengths:    Easy setup, easy adjustment and very powerful. The Motolites with Pauls levers also have a great feel that is superior to any Avid or Shimano setup I've used (including discs). Replacement parts are also very easy to get from Pauls.

Weaknesses:    Expensive. Ships with non-cartridge Kool Stop pads. I would prefer to pay less and supply my own pads, especially considering the included pads are not ceramic-rim specific.

Bottom Line:   
Well worth the expense. These are the best v-brakes I've used.

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Favorite Trail:   Schaeffer Farm

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Klunk Cycles, Area 5

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, XT, XTR v-brakes, Avid Single Digit 7.

Bike Setup:   Pauls Levers, Kool Stop green ceramic pads, Deore XT cartridge carriers, teflon cables, Mavic ceramic rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by REvers a Cross Country Rider from Stavanger

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2009

Strengths:    Good modulation, light, adjustability of spring action.
Incredible stopping power.


Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Not cheap, but well worth the money. Once setup (might take an hour or so), very easy to adjust spring action.

Brakes have been in use daily in Norway (muddy, wet and rocky conditions), as well as in Spain - dry, very fast and steep downhill sections. Never felt any lack of stopping power.

Must have brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   Ullandhaug

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR V-brakes

Bike Setup:   Seven Sola Ti, Nokon Cables, Mavic 719 and 717 rims with Chris King hubs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joyitas a Racer from mexico

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2009

Strengths:    power, feel, weight

Weaknesses:    to me none, adjusting if you´re stupid

Bottom Line:   
There are the most powerful v bakes i ever tried, more than my xtr´s. They´re just excellent.
Contaray to most, I find them easy to adjust, you have to be real dum in order not to be able to adjut them properly.
Even easier than regular v-brakes.
Incredible performance and dzign.

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Favorite Trail:   chiluca

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   given 4 free

Similar Products Used:   avid sd, avid mag, avid ti, avid sl, shamono xtr, xt, tektro magnesium

Bike Setup:   homegrown/xt-xtr/sid/paul v brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Derrick Seys a Cross Country Rider from Edmond, OK

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2007

Strengths:    Stiff and durable

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This is five year follow up on my 9/9/2002 review. These are still riding strong. Very uiform wear on pads reflecting their overall stiffness. i replaced the kool stop pads with shimano slide in shoes (form a set of XT's), and the shoes wear incredibly even.
Setup is a litte touchy at first, but a 14 mm wrench and an allen will get you through every little tweak needed race day morning or in the shop tweaking. This setup makes lateral pad / arm gap a breeze. toe in is even easier. I adjust very rarely. Absolutely no complaints after 5+ years and probably 3000 miles.

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Favorite Trail:   rocky climbing and fun descent

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   LBS - Cahaba Cycles

Similar Products Used:   XT, LX, arms

Bike Setup:   2000 Litespeed tsali, XTR, Race Face, Thompson mix. Mavic XL ceramic rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam Hunt a Cross Country Rider from Berkeley CA

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007

Strengths:    Smooth, powerful, can be used on both 26" and 700 c wheels and is probably the best rim brake outside of the old WTB roller cam.

Weaknesses:    Set up. Yes... this has been covered to the point of tedium and there's a lot of post from people having to use more than one tool for their set up. All this is true but if you think these are a problem to set up try building a Brompton folding bike and all it's British eccentricities. That's a bad design.

Here's a tip buy a torque wrench there bubbah. Do all of your set up with a standard allen wrench set but do your finish work by torquing the 5mm pivot bolts to 65 inch lbs and the smaller 4 mm bolts to 45 inch lbs and everything will hold their place. I also highly recomend greasing each and every bolt with a good quality grease because it will make adjusting the brakes easier.

Last I have set up these brakes two different ways, one is setting the brake pads concave, convex washers so the brake arms are nearly parallel to the seat stays and a second way where you replace the order of the washers as they come out of the box with the thicker of the washers so they brake arms flare out from the seat stays; this second method while it increacese the profile of the brake arms especially on smaller frames dramatically increases the stopping power. Play around with the two set ups and go with what works for you.


Bottom Line:   
I will acknowledge the set up issues concerning the Motolites but these are a lot easier than many of Paul's earlier designs. They take some finesse and patience but they aren't the most difficult or poorly designed brakes out on the market.

I think the top three prizes for a piss poor brake designs have to go to the old Mafac tandem cantilevers (Spring adjustement ? Partily disengage the brake pads and bend the springs as needed. Toe adjustment ? Bend the brake arms with an adjustable crecent wrench or a channel lock. Bad designs.) Any sub LX level Shimano V brake, and last but not least the Ritchey WCS cantilever; the worst of Mafac and DiaCompe in one nasty little package. Dishonorable mentions also have to go to the Paul Crosstops, Suntour roller cams, and Grafton cantilevers.

Here's my two cents too Paul brakes work best with Paul brake levers. Yes, I've tired them with Shimano, Suntour, and Avid brake levers but

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, every V brake they have made, Avid (same) and the Ritchey V brake (great but sadly no longer in production) Paul Crosstops (antiquated and potentially dangerous).

Bike Setup:   I have these on three different bikes, a Kelly single speed cross bike, a Spot single speed mtb and now a geared Karate Monkey. They work well on each bike but best on the Spot and the Karate Monkey.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ron from Chesapeake, Virginia

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2007

Strengths:    Lots of adjustability for different wheel sizes, excellent stopping action with little hand pressure, no squealing. Quick release is a pleasure. This brake just looks good.

Weaknesses:    Somewhat hard to setup, but once figured out, it's pretty simple. Kind of pricey, but quality doesn't always come cheap.

Bottom Line:   
I needed a front brake with good adjustability since I was going from a 406 to 451 wheel. Had some trouble with initial setup, but pulled out a small adjustable crescent wrench out of my bike tool bag and with an allen wrench, set the spring tension easily. I've ordered another Paul brake for my Reynolds T-Bone recumbent.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Bacchetta Giro-20 recumbent

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gary a Cross Country Rider from San Jose

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2007

Strengths:    "Product Strength" and "Paul" in the same sentence? HAHAHAHA!!!

Weaknesses:    Where do I start?


Bottom Line:   
Anytime you need a 15mm cone wrench to adjust v-brakes, you know you've got a terrible design not worthy of even Paul's outrageous prices. Did anybody here adjust the tension spring properly on their very first, or even, second try? I didn't think so.



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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Avids, Tektros (back in the day), and that 800 lbs. Gorilla starting with "S"

Bike Setup:   Jamis

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Crawford a Cross Country Rider from Vassalboro,ME,USA

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff, light, everything can be replaced.

Weaknesses:    What? Weakness? Where!?

Bottom Line:   
If you are a weeny for replacing every bolt in a system with Ti like I am, you have 94 gram brakes which stop like 6 piston discs. Jagwire's Ti-Carbon pads are the way to go with this brake, since they pivot like yer wrists until you tighten them down, then they are solid like rocks. They are also the only way to get Ti brake pad bolts. The Paul's arm system is way lighter than anything else, and offers supreme adjustability. Nokon cable and a Travel Agent makes them so stiff you will NEED a brake booster like a Gorilla or AC, because the frame will bow madly. I have a Cannondale, with this on the front and back, and even with an FSX carbon Judy fork, the legs bow slightly when I squeeze really hard. All the chilis they've got in this joint, these are the XC racer's best choice.

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Favorite Trail:   Appalachian

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $95.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bicycle Outfitter

Similar Products Used:   Machine Tech Zeroflex V-brake

Bike Setup:   Nokon Cables, Travel Agent rollercams, Paul's Love Lever compact, Jaguar Titanium pads, Titanium canti studs in the frame, Ti bolts in the pivots, lever clamps, alignment brackets, Travel Agent pulley, and cable pinch bolt, Gorilla brake "beefer".

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DCS a Cross Country Rider from New York

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2006

Strengths:    Construction
Performance
Appearance


Weaknesses:    Somewhat finicky on initial setup

Bottom Line:   
It takes some tweaking and fiddling to get these brakes initially dialed in. However, once this is done, these brakes are terrific. Tremendous stopping power, modulation and feel. No squealing at all in wet or dry conditions.

They also look pretty cool.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $95.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   Avid
XT
XTR


Bike Setup:   Bontrager Racelite Ceramic wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert a Weekend Warrior from IL

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2006

Strengths:    Great brakes, tremendous modulation

Weaknesses:    setup is not as easy as most v-brakes but it's not rocket science either

Bottom Line:   
These things are great. After I put them on the bike I went down some local grass hills that were pretty wet(no trails nearby) just to see how well they worked at low speed. I was able to ride down the whole hill as slow as I could stay upright while never locking the wheels. Today I went out to the trails and found myself hitting things faster right away because I knew I had so much braking power and could feather it on. I was letting a friend use my other bike with the arch rivals on it and tried it out. I always kind of liked those brakes but there was no comparison the pauls were so much nicer. They aren't cheap but they are cheaper than going to disc and buying new wheels and brakes. That's why I gave the 5 value chilis. But the setup isn't the easiest. Once you get it down it's not bad though. Everything in the setup makes sense but an extra hand would have been nice. I think all the main gripes are already listed in previous posts. I don't dread ever having to work on them. If you are thinking about getting these and it won't break the bank don't hesitate.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   xt, arch rival

Bike Setup:   truth xt,xtr, raceface, king, paul brakes and levers

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