Koski Engineering Brake Lite Pro Brakes Brake System

DESCRIPTION

  • Lightweight design, V-Type Brake
  • Black Finish
  • Easy set-up and adjustment
  • Weight: 170g

  • USER REVIEWS

    Showing 1-10 of 16  
    [Mar 04, 2012]
    David C
    All Mountain Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Decent power, balanced tension for equal movement of both brake posts when pulling the cable. Good look and work well.

    Weakness:

    Tight (too tight) clearance when removing the wheel, both front and rear with even a 26x2.0 XC tire and 90% worn down pads will not pass with tire inflated without forcing the whole thing trough.

    Worth keeping if they still work, but not if they don't.

    Better than cheap walmart ones. But as far as V-brake goes, it's pretty much there. If you're not happy, go with discs or maybe you need to learn how to set up rim brakes.

    Similar Products Used:

    Other v-brake posts; some cheap and some good.

    [Aug 23, 2003]
    weather expert
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    just another working linear pull brake. tension adjustment screws are hex. good tire clearance.

    Weakness:

    just another linear pull brake.

    i can't comment on the performance of pads b/c i replaced those with koolstop pads rightaway. they seem to be okay on my girlfriend's bike.

    the brakes are just like other linear pulls with two advantages. the adjust screws are hex--big kudos. i hate those slippery philips screws that requires you to jam the driver in to turn them. and the tire clearance is generous (even though i'm yet to run into any linear pulls with a serious clearance problem). they are dirt cheap to boot.

    Similar Products Used:

    avid sd 5, 7, shimano xtr, xt, lx

    [Feb 09, 2002]
    johnnyb
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Simple, inexpensive, strong and no noise.

    Weakness:

    Brake pad holders a tad thick so the pin that holds the pad in place needs to be tweaked or else it sticks out at the top--a potential tire flattening problem.

    I liked my XTs and they came with the bike. They never squealed for me but others have complained.

    I've put in about 500 miles since purchasing these brakes and nothing to complain about. What the Koskis have is a simple system with no linkage setup that loosens with time. Half of my riding is downhill and obviously I use the brakes alot and these were very easy to setup, toe-in and best of all no squealing!!!

    They may not have the cachet that Pauls or XTRs have, but these will do.

    Similar Products Used:

    Shimano XTs

    [Sep 16, 2001]
    Justin
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light, stop well, easy to setup, nice modulation

    Weakness:

    none

    Outstanding brakes. Much lighter than all shimano V's b/c it doesn't have that stupid linkage design. Linkage is a good idea for full suspension, pointless in a brake. Adjust them right and the rim surface and pads will always be parallel. At the price they are an unbeatable value. I've only had them a month, we'll see how they hold up, but so far they are great. I shaved 180 grams off my bike by replacing my LX V's with these. Also the pads have a slightly protruding segment in the rear that enables featherlight application of the brakes without a featherlight touch. Really nice feature.

    Similar Products Used:

    LX & XT V's

    [Sep 18, 2002]
    CMoss Dogger
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Powerful, Cheap, looks pretty sharp (theyre no avids, though...mmmmmm Avids)

    Weakness:

    Little loose on the mounts, and the dirt guard is too long

    This brakes are an awesome blend of power and cheapness. Though they're unrefined compared to Avids (the best), they cost a ton less and the difference is minimal; aside from some rattlign and some weirdass pads that stick to the rim, these are as solid as SD3's, minus about 10 bucks. If youre having trouble with stopping power, get some new levers. I have these mated with the Koski PCA lever (it needs a bit more work, but its still ok) and these biatches (slightly) bend the frame with their power.

    Similar Products Used:

    Avid 2.0L, Avid SD 7, Avid SD 3, C-Star OEM stuff, Shimano LX's, XT's.

    [May 18, 2004]
    Eric
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Easy to adjust.
    Stop very well.
    Cheap.

    Weakness:

    Stock pads wear out quick.

    For the money there is no way you can beat these brakes. True a good set of pads will cost you more then the brakes themselves but if you think this is a bad thing u like to throw money out. Use the pads that they came with until they are worn and replace with a set of Kool Stops and you have a brake that does it job very damn well and your wallet very happy. Adjust them right which isn't hard and these brakes rock!!

    [May 07, 2001]
    David Fambrough

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    They work well riding cross country. Doesn't squeek when the brakes are applied (like others I hear while riding). Easy to maintain and adjust.

    Weakness:

    The only weakness I've encountered is in wet and muddy conditions. But let's get real, that's a weakness for any v-brakes. And if you're doing a lot of downhill riding, you need to consider hydraulic or mechnical disc brakes.

    Good brakes. Yeah, they're probably better and more expensive v-brakes out there for you racing purest. But not at this price point.

    [Mar 11, 2001]
    Mountain Man
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light, simple design, looks, pretty low-profile, relatively stiff arms, very inexpensive

    Weakness:

    Stock brake pads are terrible, not much friction, wear out fast and leave black crap all over the rim

    For the very low price of these brakes, you can't beat them. They are terrible at first, with the stock brake pads, but replace them with KooStop Thinline brake pads and they will work great. The KoolStops are the best brake pads; why else would PAUL spec them on their awesome Motolite brakes?
    The brakes are well matched to the Koski levers, the return tension and modulation are great. With the KoolStops, power is good, but could be better. However, for a brake that came stock on my bike, they perform extremely well, and they are near the bottom of my list for component upgrades (they come after wheels, tubes, a pump, new tires, pedals, some clothes and cables and housing... so it will be awhile before I replace them.)
    If you're looking for a really great V-brake, check out the CNCed offerings from PAUL and Precision Billet. However, since those brakes cost about 5 times as much as these, you just can't get close to the amazing value.

    Similar Products Used:

    A ton of Shimano brakes (which all suck), Avids, Promax (which also suck)

    [Dec 09, 2000]
    bob
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Came on my bike. look cool, nice and curvy

    Weakness:

    There is not much stopping power. Even my old non-branded linear pulls had more stopping power. The power can be applied, but it requires a lot of strength on the levers.

    yuck. I wouldn't buy these. Avid and shimano lead the way for brakes. The stopping power is no where near adequate for mountain biking.

    Similar Products Used:

    non branded linear brakes, shimano xtr brakes

    [Jul 25, 2000]
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    The product is outstanding! Very simple to adjust and repair.

    Weakness:

    None that I have been aware of? But I'm not looking for defects like everyone else!

    Are you guy's all "ANAL" these reviews are for bicycles that get bumped around, Of course they are going to rattle and make noises. Geez what the heck do you want from a Bicycle, Gold brakes and fittings with an asswiper function... You guy's can't even have fun on a bike without complaining about good old American products!
    Wake up you GEEKS! These brakes Stop me just fine!!!!

    Just for all the A-holes that knock quality products and complain about everything... 5 Flaming Weenies!!!!!

    A tip for complainers:

    Just Sell your bikes and buy a gun to suck on! then you won't have to worry so much about Rattles and noises anymore...
    P.S. do you guy's know how to use tools???

    Similar Products Used:

    All, they all do a good job.

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