Shimano Acera Brakes Brake System

2.11/5 (56 Reviews)
MSRP : $12.99


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Shimano Acera Brakes


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chilone a Cross Country Rider from Divide, Colorado

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2010

Strengths:    Stops the bike very well

Weaknesses:    Doesn't make bike go faster

Bottom Line:   
I bought this brake last minute for the front because I upgraded the forks, stem, bars, etc. and my old Deore center pull was not compatible with my forks. I planned on getting something better when time allowed but after using them, I really see no need. The bike is mainly for my commute which is part dirt road and part highway and this brake stops great at all speeds and I see no need for improvement. I'm pretty much gearing the bike for mainly road use and v-brakes fit the bill just fine. They are lighter than disc (which I have on my XC bike) as a bonus too :o]

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Favorite Trail:   From here to there

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Deore, etc.

Bike Setup:   1995ish Haro Extreme, Dart-3, old 7 speed Deore XT and hubs, Easton EA50 bars, EA70 stem, Cane Creek S3, Ritchey rims, WTB saddle, Oury shiznits.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Quentin a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2010

Strengths:    Good tolerances, well made

Weaknesses:    Cannot dismantle to clean and lube

Bottom Line:   
I have worked with various V-Brakes. On most of them the brakes work the same way, a brass sleeve in the arm slips over the fixed post and can be removed for cleaning and lubing.

On the Shimano the bearings are captive and cannot be dismantled making cleaning and lubing the bearing sleeve difficult if not impossible. I wonder how long the brakes will last, given that they get covered in mud from the tires

Other than that the tolerances on the brakes are good - no slop - and the brakes are well made. The springs are strong and easily adjusted.

I got these to replace Tektro brakes that broke when the adjusting screw hit a tree, but I think I prefer the Tektro.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Tektro, Promax


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Omar a Cross Country Rider from Penang, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2006

Strengths:    Only Good at early stage

Weaknesses:    The Pads, and like i said only good at early stage, imagine it after 6 months

Bottom Line:   
When I first bought this brake I was amazed by how good it is at breaking. I fell off my bike at my first run but after a few runs and going downhill at high speed, the brakes loose all its power. I must use about 3 fingers to make the brake slow down and I crashed at Penang Hill cause this brake will not slow down quickly and i crashed, thank god i was ok. Another thing is this brake really is BAD during wet conditions, I can pull my whole lever and the brake will never brake, I crashed at my house gate cause of the brakes. But if you are a beginner or a weekend rider this brakes is ok but if you are like me, everyday cycling - upgrade to a better brakes like Avid SD7 - oh yeah before I finish up my review, the brake RIMS is the LAMEST!!!, it practically make my rear wheel rims black and i must clean it everytime so that i can brake, if not it will just slide. Dont bother to change the pads, just upgrade to another V's

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Avid SingleDigit 7


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ed from Topeka Ks

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2005

Strengths:    Decent stopping power, fairly worry free.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, Noisy/Weak when wet, Stock pads leave residue on rims.

Bottom Line:   
Fisher spec'd these brakes on my HKEK ($919), though I suspect he thought people would switch to discs. It's a really nice bike with disc bosses, disc hubs, and Avid FR-5 levers...so it looks like Fisher made a bike that was just aching to go Mech disc and just haphazzardly threw the Shimano 420's on it to save $.

Anyway...I used these brakes for a few months until I saved up enough to Juicy-up. They performed very well under dry conditions. Good stopping power, mediocre modulation. Not too powerful in moisture, a bit noisy too. I would not suggest anyone buying these brakes 'after-factory' for a bike, but for OEM...they're okay. Avid V-brakes are soooo cheap these days, you may as well get those if youre gonna upgrade your existing system to a nicer rim-type brake.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Deore V-Brake, Avid SD 2.0, Avid Juicy-5's

Bike Setup:   Stock '05 Fisher HKEK + LX HT II Cranks + ODI Lock-On's + Now using Avid Juicy 5's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dorsey land a Downhiller from georgia

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2003

Strengths:    on gt timberline. Well, they stop me and will throw me off the bike if I am not careful. I weigh 180 lb. I am kinda' proud of myself b/c I have learned to adjust my brakes. You have to balance at the lever, at the cable, and the small screws for centering and they work fine. I usually clean the black crud off with alchohol as haynes repair manual suggest and they squeak very little, if at all. If I consistantly clean the rims I have sufficient stopping power. I have had mud, and still no complaint.

Weaknesses:    When it's wet , even raining, I had sufficient stopping power, but not when the black crud is left on, then there is almost no stopping power. If squeaking is occuring I would attribute that to a bent rim that needs truing or debri on the rim.

Bottom Line:   
They're fine. Oil the cable entry and exit points around housing, and oil cantilevers themselves (not rims!) and they work just fine. I wish I had a complaint just to fit-in with these reviews, but, I don't. Thanks acera. :)

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Favorite Trail:   yellow river

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   atlanta advertiser

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tom Whatever a Weekend Warrior from guelph

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2003

Strengths:    BUY NEW PADS AND YOURR BE FINE FUK.

Bottom Line:   
LEVER SET FROM ACERA IS GOOD BUT THE PADS SUCK, DONT BUY THE COOL STOPS UNLESS THEY"RE BLACK... The comoured will make you squeek

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Favorite Trail:   Havent found one yet

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Bitsand bikes


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Will Garrity a Weekend Warrior from Havertown PA United States

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2002

Strengths:    ...........

Weaknesses:    A)Crap in Rain
B)Black Goo on Rims
C)Cant Stop Well Goin Fast


Bottom Line:   
replace these brakes if you have them, they suck!

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Favorite Trail:   Marsh Creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bike Line Broomall

Similar Products Used:   None this horendous!

Bike Setup:   Fisher Joshua, Rock Shox, Bontrager Comps, Chris King

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by alex a Cross Country Rider from nelson, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2001

Bottom Line:   
ok i have acera v-brakes that came oem on my bike, the only complants is that u got to brake earlear in the wet and they make lots of noise once u clean the black stuff off your rim they work fine. i couldent expect nething better n a $800 bike, acera front deralers on the other hand aare crap mine just snaped on me while i was changing gear.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by FuRi0s0 Blah a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2001

Strengths:    Last long,
Stop Well (If correctly set up)


Weaknesses:    Leave black tar stuff on rims
Squeak when wet
Enourmously hard to set up.


Bottom Line:   
Great for starting out, but don't expect them to be perfect.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   Quad Disc Brake,
Deore V's


Bike Setup:   Saracen X-ess, Rockshox Jetts, Deore throughout, Hayes semi hydraulic discs on deore disc hubs/D521's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven Bolton from U.K

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2000

Strengths:    Dirt Cheap, handle very smoothly.

Weaknesses:    On long downhill streches they can wear out quite a lot. I sometimes had a squeek problem.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes are great if u r starting out and getting into freeride. I've had them for over a year now and when i started out doing easy stuff, they worked great. Now I am going into harder and more stressful stuff I am switching to Magura Hydraulics.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Xtr
Xt
Maguras


Bike Setup:   Specialized
Xt Througout
Maguras
Azonic

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ben K a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, ON, Canada Rules

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2000

Strengths:    These suckers will last you forever! Very little adjusting needed.

Weaknesses:    After about 2 years of use they began squeaking on me in just wet weather. Now they squeak no matter what. Not extremely powerful.

Bottom Line:   
If you want cheap brakes that last forever and need little adjusting, go ahead, get these. They get kinda noisy (EXTREMELY NOISY WHEN WET) and they're not very powerful.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Acera brakes, Low end Deores

Bike Setup:   DuoTrack 7007 Front Shocks. Chromoly raliegh frame.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by James ehm? a Cross Country Rider from ballarat Australia

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2000

Strengths:    mmmmmmm?

Weaknesses:    -sqeaky
-week
-basicly crap
-can't stop in wet


Bottom Line:   
Before i got into serious racing i had these brakes. one day
i went on a ride in the wet an i had to wheel my bike down the hill because the pads wore down 2cm!

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Favorite Trail:   Cannonball run

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   -shimano A v's

Bike Setup:   97' Giant atx 840, Sid sl, Magur hydrolic cantilevers,xtr components.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by MR. HAPPY a Weekend Warrior from TORONTO

Date Reviewed: October 17, 1999

Strengths:    
Seriously, none!


Weaknesses:    
1. Squeakyiness
2. black goo on rims
3. impossible adjustment
4. black goo on rims (again!)


Bottom Line:   
bottom line, they suck.

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Favorite Trail:   
Don valley, Toronto

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
XTR, XT, LX, Alivio, Acera, Tourney, Dia-Tech


Bike Setup:   
Kona Hahanna, Project 2 fork, Acera/G.S 400 group, Sun AT18/Acera/Altus wheels
Kona Scratch and Snif tires
(this bike sucks too)

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Arnold a Cross-Country Rider from Toronto

Date Reviewed: August 31, 1999

Strengths:    
eh?


Weaknesses:    
jeez, just plain being acera brakes. o yeah , and if you get water on them, holy. I better not say anything.


Bottom Line:   
thumbs down, 3/4 of a chilli for having at least some stopping power rounded to 1 chilli

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Favorite Trail:   
eh?

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
avids


Bike Setup:   
hardtail , jett t2

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Mr. Happy a Weekend Warrior from Toronto

Date Reviewed: July 20, 1999

Strengths:    
How other riders can hear you coming from miles away.


Weaknesses:    
Everything you want to be good in a brake.


Bottom Line:   
These brakes are the worst pieces of trash ever designed. I can't believe shimano could make such trash. When toed-in properly they don't squeek too badly, but they still do. The pads cover your rims with black crap so fast, and they are impossible to adjust. And when you do get your right setup, they come out everytime you take the wheel off. JUst today they bit into my tire, tore it apart and messed up my rim. I'd give em zero chilis, but i can't. Damn this nation. Crappy crap crap i sez! Mr. Happy ain't too happy no more. I hate these brakes. I despise them. I'd rather have coaster brakes. Or nice vee's. mmmm.... vee brakes.... mmm...discs.....mmmmm
I hate these brakes. And if you live in toronto, don't ever go to Cycle Logic. worst store, worst service. used to be good, but then new ppl came in. they suck. lousy service. boooo. zero chilis for you too!

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Favorite Trail:   
Don Valley

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Altus (better than this crap), XTR, LX, Avid brakes


Bike Setup:   
Kona Hahanna

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