Nashbar Carbon Fiber Brake Booster Brake Booster

1.69/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $6.95


Product Description

Nashbar Carbon Fiber Brake Booster


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Carlos a Cross Country Rider from Rockledge

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Looks cheap
No carbon as stated
Flexes
Looks cheap
Did I mention that it looks cheap


Bottom Line:   
I could not find anything else at the time, so I bought it. It helps a little, but not much. If you are just an ocassional rider on flats then this might help. Anything else just buy something else.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Bike Setup:   2002 Trek Fuel 100 with Cane Creek 5 brakes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Shawn from Orlando, FL USA

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2003

Strengths:    NONE!!

Weaknesses:    Not Carbon Fiber. It is plastic. Flexes right along with the frame.

Bottom Line:   
Would not recommend. I put it on to test it was was very, very disappointed. Especially by the fact that Nashbar claimes that it is carbon fiber. Just plastic with the fiber weave design.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $7.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar.com

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F3000, all XT

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KIMO a Weekend Warrior from AIEA, HAWAII

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2003

Strengths:    Got to be the price!

Weaknesses:    Not as strong as I thought it would be but adequate.. If it ain't carbon fiber they shouldn't try to pass it off as such (appearance).

Bottom Line:   
My rear frame was flexing after putting on the XT caliper/lever so I needed a booster. Seen this one for $6.00 so gotta try it. Brake feels a lot better but still not the greatest. Hey, for six bucks what can you expect? I feel that it's worth it as far as the performance per dollar factor goes; it did reduce my frame flex. For my needs I think it's a great value but the funky "simulated" carbon-fiber look has got to go.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $6.00

Purchased At:   nashbar.com

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   GT XCR-4000; XT brake levers/calipers; XT derailleurs; Mavic D521 rims; RockShox fork/shock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andthereyouare a Cross Country Rider from Bear, DE

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2002

Strengths:    People look at it.

Weaknesses:    Not CB at all, it's solid plastic. It doesn't work.

Bottom Line:   
Waste of money even if it's 5 beans. Cutout a styrofoam plate in the shape of a horseshoe paint it black and it do the same as this thing does. The benefit doing to the plate idea would be it's atleast lighter.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar.com

Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude Race, Sid, XT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Bellingham

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2001

Strengths:    Hmmm...

Weaknesses:    Bulky, not carbon fiber (maybe plastic?), not rigid

Bottom Line:   
I bought the arch to round out a small purchase from Nashbar. The arch made no noticeable difference in my braking power, so I gave it to a friend whose ancient S-Works frame was having seatstay flex with the upgrade from cantis to V-brakes. With the arch properly mounted, the frame still flexed as much as it did without the arch. Waste of money, waste of space.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Bike Setup:   Kona steel, XT/XTR, X-Vert

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by scott hess a Racer from Somerset, KY

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2001

Strengths:    Cheap, Looks nice on my bike for the most part

Weaknesses:    Obviously not carbon woven, Looks like plastic?

Bottom Line:   
I'm only about 160 pounds, The frame flexed some without the arch, but it still gave me good stoppage. With the arch, However cheap-looking it may be, lessens the effort in braking on harry descents. It's still intact, so I have no complaints. Light weights should get it for less braking effort/ Heavy wieghts want to go with something more durable.

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Favorite Trail:   Laurel Lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   TREK y-33, XT comp., and brand new SWEET Judy 100's

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam a Weekend Warrior from Beloit, OH

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2001

Strengths:    cheap

Weaknesses:    not especially strong.

Bottom Line:   
My LX cantilevers couldn't lock up--no matter how I set them up. I put this on and they lock now. I worked for nashbar 2 summers--they sell a lot of crap, but this worked okay for me.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   old stuff on hardtail.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by alex a Racer from mount ballsweat

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2000

Strengths:    ... well its cheap

Weaknesses:    well it isnt worth the 6 clams that i spent on it

Bottom Line:   
these things suck so hard they dont work at all they flex e-zly and break with the quickness why spend the cash on this hunk of plastic try shimano or moonlighter (lil bit cheaper but still sweet)
there is a review that says some thing like if the forks flex when the brakes are pulled hard your wheel would be locked up anyway well its not true if your pads are wet frozen muddy... then they glide like a mother and you have no brakes at all (learned that on a downhill) i would buy a good set of boosters look at the reviews before you buy

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Favorite Trail:   the trail to the bar

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   shimano

Bike Setup:   voodoo zobop with the full shimano stuff (I love this bike)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dennis a Weekend Warrior from honolulu, hi

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2000

Strengths:    none at all!!!

Weaknesses:    1. worthless
2. carbon fiber huh???? yeah, right!
3. heavy, flexible


Bottom Line:   
don't buy this, get the oddysey brake booster (titanium) from SUPERGO for $12 (retail price $60).

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Nashville

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2000

Strengths:    Nothing

Weaknesses:    Looks like hell. Doesn't work. Installes worth crap.

Bottom Line:   
I am very onsatisdied. It is a peice of plastic crap. Biggest waist of 7 bucks. It wouldn't be worth sending back. Shipping cost too much. Don't buy this peice fo crap.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Josh a Racer from NH

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2000

Strengths:    Nothing

Weaknesses:    Everything

Bottom Line:   
These things suck! Carbon fiber my ASS! They dont work at all, not even a little. I bought 2 of them for 6.95 apiece, and I am sending them back for 7.00 shipping...ITs not even worth me keeping them for that little bit of money i am getting back from them. They seem like plastic, and they have so much flex to them, it is unbelievable. Add this to your bike if you want to make it heavier...thats all it does.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   98 K2 3000 with xt brakes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Will a Cross Country Rider from DSM, IA

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap in price!
Light in weight!


Weaknesses:    Cheap in construction!
Doesn't help!
Looks like hell!


Bottom Line:   
No way in hell is this thing carbon fiber. Right out of the package (which has no instructions) I can squeeze the thing with one hand (like one of this grip exercisers) and feel it just start to flex. It's got to be plastic molded to replicate a typical c/f appearance. Save your $6.95 and put it towards something else reviewed here.

Too bad 1 flaming chili is the lowest you can rate something... this deserves none.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Moonlighter XC Ti's are on the way.

Bike Setup:   Y-22, XT stuff

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Zach Lorden a Cross-Country Rider from IL

Date Reviewed: November 28, 1999

Strengths:    
Nope.


Weaknesses:    
No instructions
Threads are cut into the 'carbon fiber' and strip out easily
The 'carbon fiber' seems like plastic to me
It broke once I tightened the bolt


Bottom Line:   
Don't buy this piece of stamped plastic. It broke once I tightened the bolt for my brakes. The small bolts that tighten onto the brake posts are threaded onto the plastic, not any type of metal.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
None



Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Cam a Racer from Walkerton

Date Reviewed: October 14, 1999

Strengths:    
$6.95


Weaknesses:    
Weak, Cheap look, weight, waited 4 months for them.


Bottom Line:   
Suck. Nashbar Sucks. I already went disc, so I dontated them to a friend. $6.95 is a good price for Fisher Price plastic though...

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Ionic boosters, Shimano


Bike Setup:   
Z-1 Bam, and a Kona steel hardtail.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by alFred a Cross-Country Rider from alFred, NY

Date Reviewed: October 8, 1999

Strengths:    
cheap


Weaknesses:    
weak


Bottom Line:   
Cheap, comes without instructions, fragile, doesn't cut flex by much. Might work for you, if you have 2-3mm flex to begin with, otherwise spend extra 10$ and get moonlighter, 20+3 shipped

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Moonlighter


Bike Setup:   
daily beater

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