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Tektro
CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear

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Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear

Tektro's CR720 cantilever brakes are quite possibly the best value on the market in terms of quality, adjustability, and braking performance. The wide profile design enables the brakes to be set up with ample rim clearance for use on the muddiest of cyclocross courses, yet CR720s still offer plenty of power and modulation for use on loaded commuter or touring rigs. 

CR720s allow spring tension to be tweaked independently on each arm to make setup a breeze, and a fully adjustable straddle cable carrier makes for a brake that can be optimized for use in any condition. 
  • For use with short pull levers
  • For front or rear use*
  • Uses Shimano compatible road brake pad inserts
  • Dual tension adjusters
  • Straddle cable and carrier are included
  • 121 grams
*Pads are factory installed for rear wheel use. For front wheel use, interchange the pads
questions about the

Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear

asked by: A Visitor
Will these brakes work with mountain bikes or are they intended for cross bikes?
answered by: t.young
It can work on a mountain bike as long as the frame/fork can accommodate the brakes. Thanks!
asked by: A Visitor
do you think these cantis would work w the narrow fork of a 1983 Specialized Expedition?
answered by: t.young
They should work just fine. If you have any more questions give us a call at 734.484.9999. Thanks!
asked by: A Visitor
Do you think that these brakes have enough adjustment to a 27" to 700 conversion.
answered by: t.young
The pads have a decent amount of adjustment. Maybe it would be best for you to give us a call at 734.484.9999 Thanks!
asked by: A Visitor
Which Kool Stop pads work as replacement
answered by: t.young
Search for 333222339530. Thanks!
asked by: A Visitor
What is the distance from the pivot to the highest pad adjustment?
answered by: canteau
The distance is roughly 38mm from the center of the bolt to the top of the slot.
asked by: A Visitor
Do these include the bolts to mount the assembly to the cantilever studs?
answered by: mlewis
Yes, this includes all mounting hardware. Thanks!
asked by: A Visitor
Which brake levers do you sell that will work with these?
answered by: mwirth
Any short pull lever will work just fine. Thanks!
asked by: A Visitor
are the silver ones the "polished" silver or the blasted matte finish?
answered by: canteau
They are the "silver polished", we no longer carry the silver "blast".
asked by: A Visitor
Are the front and rear brakes the same?
answered by: cmcmann
Yes, they're exactly the same. If you're planning on running them for cross id recommend the CR710 for the rear for better heel and calf clearance.
asked by: A Visitor
Does this come with one or two sets of brakes?
answered by: cmcmann
The package contains only one set of brakes. You'd need to order 2 sets if you wanted to but them on the front and rear.
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Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear

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4.7 GEARS
15 reviews
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Good Stopping Power (14)
Easy to Install (8)
Stiff (8)
easy to adjust (7)
Doesn't collect (2)
DISLIKES
Stock pads (3)
pad holders (1)
WORKS FOR
Commuting (10)
Cyclocross (10)
Touring (10)
Long Distance (3)
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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
These are great brakes for your budget cx build! The stock pads are not as good as others, but with the Dura type pad cartridges, you can swap in any pad that you wish.

Summed up: Great brakes with an exceptional price.

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Stiff, Good Stopping Power, Doesn't collect

Dislikes: Stock pads

Works For: Cyclocross, Commuting, Touring

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
What a deal! All the power of the more expensive canti brakes with a fraction of the cost. FYI TRP brakes are made by Tektro, (Tektro Racing Products).

Summed up: What a deal! All the power of the more expensive canti brakes with a fraction of the cost.

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Stiff, Good Stopping Power

Works For: Cyclocross, Touring

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
Great upgrade from the stock set of Tektro Oryx breaks on my touring bike. These are much stiffer, and they seem to have eliminated the nasty squeak I couldn't fix even after installing new pads cleaning the rims several times. They are also much lighter. They are not very expensive at full price, but Tree Fort gives and even better deal.

Summed up: Great brakes, strong, light, stiff, quiet, and inexpensive.

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Stiff, Good Stopping Power

Works For: Touring, Commuting

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
No more squeaking! That was my main concern in upgrading, but the quality and low price of these make them great all around. On my touring bike (Fuji Touring, 58 cm, 2007 model) there is enough clearance for large Axiom Typhoon panniers on the back rack, but with a different frame/rack/pannier combo there might be clearance problems. These brakes do stick out farther than most.

Summed up: Great all around

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, Stiff

Works For: Commuting, Touring, Cyclocross

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
Installed easy, work well, no squealing! Way better than the Avid Shorties I had!

Summed up: Excellent value

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Works For: Commuting

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
This is an excellent brake for the money. My only gripe is with the centering screws. They don't add/release enough spring tension to center the pads. I had to manipulate the spring itself to get the pads centered.

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power

Works For: Commuting, Touring, Cyclocross

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
These came on my main cross bike and I wanted to put them on my singlespeed CX bike too. They used to have a long vee brake style pad holders. Now they come with a short style pad holder. I haven't tried the new style as a front brake so I'm not sure it a bad thing. The new style pads seem to have a decent compound, unlike the old hard as plastic type, that required immediate replacement with coolstop salmons.

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, Easy to Install, easy to adjust

Dislikes: Stock pads, pad holders

Works For: Cyclocross, Commuting, Touring

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
Installed these on an old mountain bike I've converted for fast city riding. Easy to install, nice finish and I really like the straddle hanger set-up. Oh, and they also stop well. More than you'd expect for the money.

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, Easy to Install

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
Just like the other reviews have indicated, these are incredibly well-made and capable cantilever brakes for the price. Super easy to set up and no squeal. I bought these to build a Surly Cross-Check commuter/tourer for a friend. They perform almost indistinguishably from the much more expensive TRP Euro-X's on my CX racer. The only penalty is weight. So what's not to like!?

WAY, WAY better than Avid Shortys. Buy these!

Summed up: Awesome brakes for the price!

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, easy to adjust, Easy to Install

Works For: Commuting, Touring, Cyclocross

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
The weight of set on my scale was about 160g so it's more than advertised here.
Very easy to adjust, after first set up they work just fine.

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, Easy to Install, easy to adjust

Works For: Cyclocross

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
Installed these as the rear brake on my cargo truck bike (replacing an awful long pull V-Brake), coupled with new short pull levers these are INCREDIBLE. I used them with a long wheelbase bike and a Jannd expedition rear rack with full size panniers and had no clearance issues, though be advised they do stick out like most old school/higher end canti's. I ordered two more sets to replace the Avid Shorty 4's on my cross check and I can't wait for them to come. I do recommend replacing the pads though with something of a higher quality compound, but given that, they are overall a super super good deal.

Summed up: BUY EM BEFORE THEY COST MORE!

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, Stiff, easy to adjust, Easy to Install

Dislikes: Stock pads

Works For: Commuting, Cyclocross, Touring, Long Distance

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
Very happy with these brakes. They're easy to install and adjust and the stopping power is good even with the stock pads. Huge upgrade from my old brakes which were very hard to keep adjusted properly.

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, Stiff, easy to adjust, Easy to Install

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
Great stopping power. smooth action. works great with STI levers and cross levers combo. much better action and smoother operation (no squeal, no chatter) than some famous named brand brakes that I've used. great price.

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, easy to adjust, Doesn't collect , Stiff, Easy to Install

Works For: Cyclocross, Touring, Long Distance, Commuting

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
I have had 4 different of the top brands of canti brakes. These are way better on all accounts. Great price too, and great service from treefort as always!!!

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, Stiff

Works For: Commuting, Cyclocross, Touring, Long Distance

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Review of the Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear :
My old cantilevers were not offering much stopping power on my front wheel. The Tektro 720 made a HUGE difference. I now have greatly increased braking ability. The Tektros are easy to install and adjust. With the added Kool Stop Dura 2 salmon pads, smooth stops that are easy to control. Very good price from Tree Fort Bikes too!
Great upgrade on my 1994 Cannondale MTB. Wish I had done this sooner!

Summed up: Great way to upgrade your cantilever stopping power, affordably !

Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.

Likes: Good Stopping Power, Easy to Install, easy to adjust

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specs for the

Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Front or Rear

Brake Actuation:  
Short Pull
Material:  
Aluminum
Brake Use:  
Front or Rear
 

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