WTB Roller/Toggle Cam Brake Brake System

3.78/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $200.00

Product Description

WTB Roller/Toggle Cam

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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Laecci a Racer from CA

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2004

Strengths:    Excellent power, excellent feel.

Weaknesses:    price, but you get what you pay for.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the toggle cam. It is by far the best rim brake I have ever used. A close second is the Avid Arch Supreme which is no longer made. These toggle cam brakes easily rival ANY disc brake in dry weather in power, feel, and modulation. They are that good.

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Favorite Trail:   Baark eater

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Similar Products Used:   everything currently available

Bike Setup:   which one?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Vista, CA

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2000

Strengths:    Superb adjustability by altering where the rollers are on the cam. Super stiff - no flex. Mounts on chainstay where it is beefiest.

Weaknesses:    Not for novices to set up. Best set up by mechanics who use friction shifters. Expensive.

Bottom Line:   
Back in the day, these brakes were the best available. They took a bit to set up, but once they were, they stopped like nothing out there. There are a lot of really good brakes out now, and for the value nothing beats an Avid v-brake. But for someone wanting to set up a bike with SOUL, these brakes are my number one choice. I've been riding for 15 years and these bikes have taken me on some incredible adventures from racing the Sierra 7500 and the original Kamikaze to epic single track rides in Crested Butte. Bottom line, these brakes have soul.

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Favorite Trail:   Noble Canyon

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Hayes disc brakes, Avid disc brakes, Shimano XT disc brakes, XTR v-brakes, XT v-brakes, LX V-Brakes, Avid v-brakes, Suntour roller cams, Dia-Compe 986 cantis, Shimano XT cantis

Bike Setup:   Ibis SS (1991 model), Ibis drop bars, WTB roller cams, Ritchey Logic crank, original Bontrager/Mavic rims w/WTB Classic hubs, Suntour bar end shifters, Suntour XC Pro derailleurs, Campy SL pedals w/steel toe clips and Alfredo Binda straps. This in addition to a 1985 Salsa A La Carte with very similar parts

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by BJ Nicholls a weekend warrior from Salt Lake City

Date Reviewed: February 10, 1998

Bottom Line:   

I've had two different WTB brakes. The roller cam was beautiful, a PITA to set up or change out brake pads, but perfomance was good. The WTB cantilevers were poorly designed. The brake arm clamps were designed so that they nearly hit the fork. Power was wimpy, even with the fancy and expensive pads. My current LX V-brakes are far superior for easy set up and adjustability, not to mention stopping power. There is a place for beautiful craftsmanship at a high price, but not for an inferior product that underperforms and is fussy to live with. I hope WTB's new brakes live up to the legend (and the price).

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron Kamp a cross-country rider from Flagstaff, Az

Date Reviewed: December 5, 1997

Bottom Line:   

I have to say that the speedmaster rollercam and the toggle-cam are by far the best brakes on the market. I get a chance to try about everything out there and I always end up liking my cams better. If you can afford a custom frame and 200 bucks a brake go for it. These brakes on a bike show a rider who knows something about mountain biking.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by James a cross-country rider from Knoxville TN

Date Reviewed: April 21, 1997

Bottom Line:   

This is actually a review of the canti version of these brakes. In terms of
stopping power and modulation, these brakes are wonderful. As much power as
V's with vastly superior feel. However, they're expensive and they're
extremely difficult to keep set up correctly. I think there are probably
better price/performance solutions available (such as Avids)

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Grant Meyer a cross-country rider from Albuq, NM

Date Reviewed: March 13, 1997

Bottom Line:   

These brakes would probably work very well if I could ever get them set up, and if they would stay where they were bolted down for longer than 10 minutes into the ride. I even asked the bike mechanic if he could set them up and he said he had 4 pair that his friends had given him sitting at his house. Nobody I've known has liked these brakes at all. I ended up putting some Tektro V-brakes on my bike and they are far better than the WTB's, plus they only set you back $25 a pair. I would not recommend these brakes to anybody unless you love spending hours setting up your brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Denis Orwig a cross-country rider from Kentfield,CA

Date Reviewed: March 10, 1997

Bottom Line:   

The rear roller cam is the best brake I have ever used- combines wonderful touch and feathery control with great stopping power when you need it. It takes a little time to appreciate just how good they are. I am conyinueing to appreciate them more and more all the time after more time.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Khanh a cross-country rider from san jose, ca

Date Reviewed: June 15, 1996

Bottom Line:   

I like these brakes a lot! The look of the brake is somewhat industrial, not quite as smooth as the avids. These brakes ARE expensive though, equally as expensive as Avids. But the features these brakes have to offer justify the price. They are so easy to adjust, no more swearing when it comes time to replace your brake pads! The adjustments are controlled by one bolt pinching a band clamp around the tubular arm. Loosen it alittle to adjust the angle of the pad, loosen it more to adjust height and toe and voila! you're done! These brakes also have separate spring tension adjustments unlike shimano. You can also set the tension of the springs as light or as stiff as you want; this feature may not seem like much until you ride something with really light tension at the lever. It feels much better than shimano cantilevers!
The most important feature IMO is that the brake pads are mounted inboard of the cantilever arm, i.e. between the frame and the cantilever arm. This makes for less brake post flex, which equates to better stopping power and very good modulation.
The only thing i don't like about these brakes is the fact that you need a non standard straddle cable. The QR end of the brake uses a special anchor to attach to the arm. I could not find this cable at my LBS, so i had to get them from WTB, not expensive though, more so of an inconvience though.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Aaron Leighton a cross-country rider from San Luis Obispo, CA

Date Reviewed: June 3, 1996

Bottom Line:   

My all time favorite brakes. No canti comes close to the power, with the exception of the
new V-brakes. The modulation is incredible as well. The brakes themselves are works of art,
beautifully sculpted with sealed bearings in the rollers and Grease Guard.
They do take some time to understand, but its worth the effort.These brakes
must have roller cam/U-brake bosses to work, which limits these brakes to older, custom, or
the WTB Phoenix frame. If you have a Judy, WTB has a fork brace, that is much stiffer than
the stock unit, and allows roller cams to be installed (or cantis). The toggle-cam allows the brake to be used on smaller frames, or unique suspension frames. If you are able to use these brakes, DO IT! You won't
be disapointed

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