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    Pauls or Avid Ultimates

    Has anyone used either Pauls Neo Retro or the Avid Ultimates? I'm thinking about Neo Retro for the front and the Touring model in the rear. But the Avids also get great reviews.
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    You can't go wrong with either but it's all about the pads, get Kool Stop salmons and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limba View Post
    You can't go wrong with either but it's all about the pads, get Kool Stop salmons and enjoy.
    Great advice, thanks.
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    i had the ultimates and some of my teammates had the neo retro. the Pauls look dead sexy and seemed to work well when set up properly.

    i love my ultimates but like any cantilever, you need to check alignment and spring tension often to make sure they are working well.

    the ultimates are cheaper than the retros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jct View Post
    the ultimates are cheaper than the retros.
    They are but I scored a set of Neo Retro front and Touring rear in black for $98 on that auction site. I don't really them but couldn't pass that deal up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    They are but I scored a set of Neo Retro front and Touring rear in black for $98 on that auction site. I don't really them but couldn't pass that deal up.
    They're terrible, you should sell the set to me immediately, for that price!


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    I have Avid's on my race bike and Paul's on my daily driver. Both are nice but I agree with Limba, the right pads will make the biggest difference. The Paul's are straightforward and simple. The Avids have a few extra features like the straddle cable adjuster and adjustable arms. I would be happy with either, but I give the nod to the Avids.

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    LOVE my Shorty Ultimates on my CX bike and the stock pads don't bother me enough to change them. If I were to buy all over again, I would probably try Paul canti's just because I like supporting American companies and Paul makes amazing products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davesauvageau View Post
    LOVE my Shorty Ultimates on my CX bike and the stock pads don't bother me enough to change them. If I were to buy all over again, I would probably try Paul canti's just because I like supporting American companies and Paul makes amazing products.
    The Avid's in your photo look great. Those red anodized bolts really do it for me.
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    I'm too lazy to look for them but Katie Compton and Jeremy Powers had cool custom colors for their Ultimates last season.

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