Tekro RBP V-brakes Brake System

3.71/5 (68 Reviews)


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Tekro RBP V-brakes


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by madchops67 a Weekend Warrior from CA

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2010

Strengths:    absolutely powerful

Weaknesses:    alignment

Bottom Line:   
good brakes i have a 08 giant rincon with disc brakes and there v brakes stop just as good as the disc! dont think they be good for wet conditions but over all GOOD!

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Favorite Trail:   turnbul canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $9.00

Bike Setup:   07 giant boulder se

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by chaka biker a Racer from lomas

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2008

Strengths:    reviewing the tektro magnesium brakes
super lightweight


Weaknesses:    poor stopping power, poor adjustability, cheesy springs, supposed to be high end brakes, work like trash

Bottom Line:   
My weight weeinie freakness made me buy these "boutique" brakes to shed some grams off the xtr stoppers, yeah the tektros are noticaeably lighter, but with alarmingly poor performance, i was used to xtr, which is like using a.b.s. brakes in a car, the tektro lasted for my training ride only, my salsa demanded the xtr´s back!!.
XTR V BRAKES ARE THE BEST. PERIOD, SECOND COME AVID SD TI.

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Favorite Trail:   venados

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   local store

Similar Products Used:   shimano xt, xtr, avid sd ti, and lower digits, etc.

Bike Setup:   salsa moto rapido full xtr/07 sid race

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josiah a Weekend Warrior from Wheaton, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2006

Strengths:    they stop but not very well

Weaknesses:    don't stop well, all out of wack

Bottom Line:   
This brake isn't very nice in my opinion, 'course i don't even know if this is the right product (giant doesn't say what brake it is this is just most likely) but i use em cuz i don't have the money to buy know ones and i need a new bike anyway so... recommend discs.

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Favorite Trail:   something at palos heights

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Giant Iguana 2002 w/ a couple minor upgrades

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by sempai a Cross Country Rider from Mobile, AL, USA

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2006

Strengths:    cover those nasty v-brake bosses
they're black so no one notices your crappy OEM gear


Weaknesses:    screws strip
nonexistent stopping power
impossible adjustment
cables slip
terrible build quality


Bottom Line:   
The Tektro 4 brakes came with my Rockhopper, which is a mystery because the bike also came with Shimano levers--I figure the money could have been better spent by Specialized.

They didn't as much STOP the bike as slow it down, and. I tried to adjust them several times, this resulted in the screws stripping to the point I couldn't reposition the brake pads or adjust the spring rate of the calipers. I even tried to remove them completely to realign them--this turned out to be a bad idea since what was left of the intact screws also stripped. Are they made of lead? I've never seen metal so soft.

You can get them for seven bucks each at JensonUSA. The next brake is 20 bucks each.

That should be some indication of the quality of this product.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Bike Setup:   Rockhopper with lots of mods

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Freeridin Fool a Cross Country Rider from Vermont

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2004

Strengths:    Cover up those pointy brake bosses. Give you the illusion that you have a complete bike.

Weaknesses:    Give you the illusion that you have a complete bike. Flexy, unbalanceable, no stopping power, etc...

Bottom Line:   
I stop quicker and feel safer draggin my feet to stop. Great for going UP hills - IF you don't plan on riding back down. Also would be good for a shop decoration, if you smashed with a steel mallet first.

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Favorite Trail:   with these brakes, anything flat.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   canti-brakes, dragging feet on ground.

Bike Setup:   Giant WarpDS with custom mods.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Crofton, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2004

Strengths:    should last you a long time and they're cheap

Weaknesses:    need to be adjusted quite often and could be more powerful

Bottom Line:   
you will get good solid performance from these brakes and you won't have to empty your wallet. they are good for a cross country rider who doesn't mind making adjustments often and doesn't need heavy stopping power.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Tzouhalem

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came stock

Bike Setup:   kona blast with marzocchi mx comp '04s

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Denis a Weekend Warrior from Surrey BC

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2003

Strengths:    Work well but a trick to it... you need to spray some WD40 in between the spring and spindle thingy

Weaknesses:    slow response on springs until lubed properly

Bottom Line:   
Once they are lubed properly these brakes and l;evers work very well.. never had the sonpge problem people seem to be having... i like them alot and wont replace them for the "xt/xtr band wagon hey look at me" over priced crap.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore/ XT( useless overpriced junk)

Bike Setup:   K2 ZED 1.0

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dave Janovetz a Cross Country Rider from Wausau WI, U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2003

Strengths:    none they blow

Weaknesses:    they dont stop, they wont even lock up if your going more than 10 mph. they need way too much adjustment

Bottom Line:   
they suck, dont buy them and if they r on ur bike get new ones fast.

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Favorite Trail:   Nine Mile Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Rib Mountain Cycle

Similar Products Used:   avids and xt's

Bike Setup:   specialized hardrock comp

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Nathan King a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City, UT, US

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2003

Strengths:    They stop on occasion...

Weaknesses:    HORRIBLE stopping power, need constant adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
I'm very tempted to rip the brakes off of my sister's K-Mart bike and put them on mine. These things are DISGUSTING and deserve to be melted down. I bought my bike through MTBr, so it was shipped to me, and apparently little bumps will cause the brakes to become misadjusted...

It gets very annoying when you're rolling down a trail with a SQUEAK SQUEAK because your brakes are rubbing and you can't adjust them...

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Favorite Trail:   Bobsled

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   MTBr Classifieds

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore, Promax

Bike Setup:   KHS Alite 1000 with XT and Manitou Six

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Greg from Grand Forks ND

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2003

Weaknesses:    Flexy, Garbage pads, Won't hold adjustment

Bottom Line:   
These are garbage, they don't have the power Vbrakes should, and they don't hold adjustment. If you swapped the short flexy pads they might show improvement, but don't waste your money. Just buy some new brakes, shimano Deores are a HUGE value, just a couple of bucks and perform like their more expensive siblings.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Vbrake lines and various Avids

Bike Setup:   Stock Kona Scrap

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dood a Weekend Warrior from saskatchewan

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2003

Strengths:    good braking power for a v-brake and they don't squeek.

Weaknesses:    week springs the brakes constantly need adjustment. And I meen constant adjustment to keep them calibrated so that both pads hit the rim at the same time.

Bottom Line:   
thay work good exept needing constant ajustment. Or you can just let them rub on the rim.

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Favorite Trail:   jumps

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   2002 Giant worp ds3

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John M a Weekend Warrior from Davis

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2002

Strengths:    Stop fairly good, a helluva lot better than my old STX cantis. Saved me from crashing a bunch of times.

Weaknesses:    they don't always stay aligned after braking--I sometimes have to realign them so they don't rub against my wheels.

Bottom Line:   
They beat the pants off cantis, but not the best when considering all the pricier stuff out there.

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Favorite Trail:   Sequoiah Creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $76.00

Purchased At:   Freewheeler Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   tried Avid and XT but I couldn't fit those into my college student budget

Bike Setup:   97 Gary Fisher Aquila, STX throughout with Matrix Singletrack Pro rims, set up for street riding with Specialized Hemispheres

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alex G a Cross Country Rider from Wilmington, DE

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2002

Strengths:    They stop you

Weaknesses:    Very poor build quality. They never stay adjusted and need to be readjusted after every other ride.

Bottom Line:   
Do yourself a favor -- if you got these brakes stock on your bike, replace them as soon as possible. Yes, they can stop the bike, and they are probably OK for city riding. But when you rely on them when risking your cracking your skull you want something you can trust. Get some Avid Single Digit 7 for $25 a piece at PricePoint -- you won't regret it.

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Favorite Trail:   anything with stony downhills

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Dunbar's Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Redline Radius cantilevers, Avid SD Ti

Bike Setup:   Raleigh M60 frame, LX drivedrain & shifters, Avid SD Ti brakes, RockShox Judy TT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sebs a Weekend Warrior from sydney, australia

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2002

Strengths:    good stopping power, works well (when dry), fairly tough

Weaknesses:    don't work when wet, muddy and steep!! brakes on front forks have a few degrees of play... maybe not so tough

Bottom Line:   
They stop you well, provided you riding on a bright sunny day on dry stuff. The brake arms have a little bit of play, particularly noticeable when braking under tail whip

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   deore disk; LX

Bike Setup:   khs team, alivio shifters, deore drivetrain

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jon a Weekend Warrior from Glastonbury, CT

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2002

Strengths:    um.....

Weaknesses:    They dont shed mud at all, they are so loose after 2 years and there's no way of fixing them and still keeping the breaking power that I want. The tektro pads stay wet for about 2 weeks after riding in mud/rain/puddles. When jumphin they move so much and make a lot of noise. I though it was my fork but it was these pieces of crap

Bottom Line:   
I'm now upgrading to Shimano XT V-Brakes. Hopefully they'll gove me what I need. :-)

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Favorite Trail:   Birch Mtn

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   LX XT

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Mesa GSX, Deore, Psylo SL

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