Acor’s long reach dual pivot stoppers are a good choice for those seeking inexpensive but dependable braking on winter trainers, fixers or commu-tourers. They won’t spoil the classic lines of an older bike built for 27" wheels but running modern 700c hoops either.
Forged 6061 arms might not be the stuff of dreams but the high lustre finish is generally very good. As might be expected the detailing’s generally pretty good but a few corners have been cut: they’ve been able to cheat discreetly on the polish here and there but nowhere you'd notice. Elsewhere you get nicely machined Allen key fittings and a smooth, shapely quick release lever which takes care of wheel removal and allows a bit of breathing space in the event of a buckle. Modulation and feel are surprisingly good, even with inexpensive levers, giving plenty of warning before they’d come close to pitching you over the top.
Beefy arms and springs and dual pivot technology mean stopping power is more than a match for older centre-pulls and light years ahead of single pivot side-pulls, inspiring confidence when tackling laden descents even without a pad upgrade. However, heavier riders or those regularly riding in the wet would be advised to substitute the hard pads supplied for something softer.
Longer callipers mean they’ll entertain larger clearances, stout rubber and full-length mudguards without looking “gappy” or spoiling the clean lines of minimalist builds. You wouldn’t spec them on a Storck but they might be just the ticket for cost conscious builds or modernising older trainer/tourers.
Great value stoppers for older bikes and budget builds.
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Make and model: Acor ABR602 long reach calliper brake
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
These are a medium to long reach dual pivot calliper designed to accomodate bikes with bigger clearances and for this reason are a simple and inexpensive way of improving the stopping prowess of older machines.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
6061 Forged alloy construction, coupled allen key fittings, quick release and all weather pads.
Surprisingly good - better still with uprated pads.
Solid construction given the asking price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
These perform suprisingly well coupled with excellent modulation and feel, even paired to fairly inexpensive levers: a definite plus for older but worthy winter/club mounts.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Excellent rigidity, power and modulation. They look reasonably fetching to boot.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Finish could've been better in places.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? For older bikes, yes.
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)