Cane Creek Direct Curve 3 Brake System

DESCRIPTION

The innovative Direct Curve 3 uses no noodle, resulting in less friction. Fits standard cantilever / V-brake bosses. claimed 181 grams Works with all modern levers Aluminum construction

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 02, 2008]
zakurka
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Braking power is decent at best...Not really better than Shimano or Avid though.

Weakness:

Staying in adjustment. Poor engineering idea.

Quite possibly the most frustrating brake I have ever used. I started this years race season with these on my bike after years of reliable service from Avid SLs. By the end of the season the SLs were back on the bike and the Cane Creeks have been relegated to commuter duty.
Problem #1: They refuse to stay properly adjusted. I adjusted them. Other mechanics adjusted them. My LBS adjusted them. I literally had to work on the rear one between every race or ride while it was on my bike.
Problem #2 When compressed the arms will not clear a high volume tire. Now this doesn't mean a wide or oversized tire. In the front I run a high volume 2.1 and the arms like to rub the corner knobs when the brake is compressed. This tends to make awful noise and likes to throw the bike a little off course.
These things are getting put on my beater bike for commuter duty. One chili for value because SD7s are the same price and one overall because these brakes are potentially dangerous.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano XTR, Avid AD 5,7, SL. Alivio, Promax

[Nov 04, 2006]
Brian
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Simple cable routing, no noodle, nice looking, good price

Weakness:

Take too long to adjust, uneven spring tension, don't seem as powerful as competitors

For some reason, to align these, I have to crank one side to nearly its maximum spring tension, and nearly nothing on the other side.

Similar Products Used:

Avid Single Digit

[May 07, 2006]
Guy Spiher
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Good lever feel, Great modulation, Strong-ish... see below... Cane Creek support and I needed it!!! Thanks Peter.

Weakness:

Flexy arms and very weak pivot bushing posts. Too light and too flimsy for real XC Save the trouble and get the DC5 Brakes Mo Better. Ohh Yeah, Cane Creek has them made in Taiwan probably Dia Compe

You can do better and still stay with Cane Creek. Good idea and good construction from little Wang Hung Lo in Taiwan but it ain't American like they might assume you believe it is. Pivot bushing retention post is just pressed into the bushing. This little post takes all of the torsional or twisting loads placed on it when you squeeze the lever to use the brakes. This is the post that you insert into the little hole in your brake boss on your frame. If this bends as it will surely do you will have very unresponsive and weak brakes. Cane Creek Tech was excellent in sending me out new bushings but same dealie. DC2 and DC5 brakes much better in this regard. Arms flexy also.Bottom Line??? Cane Creek just shaved too much off of the DC2 and DC5 Brakes too save a few grams. Durability suffers. Wanna save some weight?? Skip the fries and burger and go for a ride.

Similar Products Used:

DC2 DC5 DC8-73 Ohh wait thats not a brake thats my ride. XTR from the Evil Empire and I can't stop my brakes need bled Magura

[May 05, 2006]
Stan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Smooth, predictable braking power, great modulation, shorter cable runs, no noodles and extra drag on cables; absolutely squeek free, nice aesthetics, too.

Weakness:

Setup slightly more involved than regular V-brakes, need to carefully set spring adjusters and tension the mounting bolts on each brake arm. Nothing too hard, just 30 min. of experimentation gets you properly setup. If not adjusted carefully, pads will wear out fast and uneven.

Great design from a respected company, simple and effective.
No flashy gimmicks, just functional and strong. You do need to spend time for proper initial setup, but than it's just: squeeze the levers slightly, and the bike backs from under you, hold on to the bar!

Similar Products Used:

various Shimano V's, Tektro's, other no-names

[Sep 28, 2007]
John
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

none they suck

Weakness:

not powerful. screws that adjust the tension is weak i was riding twice and the springs pushed the bolt out and stripped them

dont buy these, go with avid.

Similar Products Used:

tektro

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