Rated 5 out of 5 by keifo009 Modulation at last!
Love my 2014 Madone 5.2, but its braking ability was poor... so i tried swissstop bxp pads... made a big improvement - but still, needing to squeeze harder than i felt necessary to slow or stop the bike. the bontrager speed limit integrated calipers offered no feel, no middle ground, no modulation...
braking down a steep hill in wet conditions, was tricky, due to the big squeeze and risk locking a wheel nature of the original brakes, but now , with the shimano ultegra 6810 calipers fitted, slowing down and stopping is a much better experience... you can feel the brakes and gauge the traction so much better... so braking performance massively upgraded .
appearance wise, the rear ultregra brake is hardly visible anyway, but the parts you can see look so much better than the old and quite frankly cheap looking rear bontrager brake... the front one looks typical ultegra and blends in well with the rest of the matching ultegra groupset on my bike, only one minor thing... there is a gap under the over hang of the frame, above the caliper that looks a bit odd.
fitting of the brakes wasn't that bad , front one is easy to set up and adjust, rear one ok too, just take care with the bolts, make sure they are going in straight, the jig they are fitted to isn't perfect, let it be a guide, rather than a must use, i took the jigs out of mine and fitted with out, just made sure the brakes stayed in formation... some instructions came with brakes.
all in all, i'm very pleased with my purchase, and would recommend to anyone with a madone with original integrated brakes... i had 6700 ultegras on my old bike, the 6810 brakes are level in performance... im hoping they will be even better with the swissstops pads in, will try that in the summer.
08 March 2014
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