The Skyelander 700c comes fitted with Shimano Deore XT V-brakes or Avid Shorty Ultimate cantilever brakes.


Shimano XT V-brakes have excellent stopping power - they're easy to maintain and adjust, with replacement pads available all around the world. The brake lever options are a bit more limited with V's when using drop bars - we tend to use the Dia Compe Evo 287V's or the Cane Creek drop bar levers for V brakes.

The other option is the Avid Shorty Ultimate, a very powerful cantilever brake. It's equipped with an in-line cable adjuster and a quick release.  It can be set in either a wide or narrow stance - we set it in the narrow stance for greater power and to avoid pannier interference. The narrow setting still gives plenty of room for mudguards, although it can be switched to wide for greater mud clearance. Modulation on these breaks is also very good. 

With cantilevers the brake levers we use are TRP RRL SR Alloy drilled. The hoods are flat and textured for enhanced comfort and grip.  A built-in push button quick release system provides cable slack for quick wheel removal or additional tire clearance when conditions get muddy.

As with all of our bikes, disc brakes are also an option, just send us an email to discuss your disc Skyelander.