Kurve CNC road callipers review

Kurve Alloy brakeset
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Kurve CNC road callipers are an upgrade well worth considering.

For
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    Good modulation

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    Price drop

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    Hard wearing

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    Lightweight

Against
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    Still a bit expensive for some

Aftermarket callipers have to balance light weight and aesthetics with performance. It’s not a sensible area to compromise, and Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM set high standards.

Kurve CNC road callipers not only knock up to 100g off even the lightest that the aforementioned offers, but they’re right up there on performance too. A single pivot and cam mechanism delivers the power, in a similar way to Zero Gravity’s design. Kurve’s 6061 T alloy construction, coupled with titanium hardware means there’s no strength sacrifice, and the levers’ light action and minimal flex translates into powerful braking.

Good modulation inspires further confidence, aided by Kurve’s own brake blocks. Our red set were spot-on in all conditions and were practically unscathed by over six months of abuse, including Alpine sportives and winter miles. Anodising and hardware are still looking as good as the day we fitted them, without so much as waving an Allen key nearby since the initial set-up.

Almost unheard of in current climes, Kurve has reduced the price since we featured them last year, then £199.99, now £179.99 including free UK shipping.

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