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#1 2010-03-06 2:19pm

jlewis
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Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Anybody care to give me a user review?  I'm generally not a big fan of side pull brakes, and I've had pretty good luck with DC and Weinmann center pull brakes.  Only thing I dont like about them is the requirement for some sort of cable hanger attached to the seat post.  I'm curious about Odyssey Pitbull brakes.  Do they work well?  Can you verify that they do not need a cable hanger? Any help is appreciated!  Thanks!


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#2 2010-03-06 2:24pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

if you buy a complete pitbull brake it comes with its own cable hanger that attaches to the same bolt as the brake.the original pitbull is a great brake.  i personally do not like the pitbull 2 brake.

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#3 2010-03-06 2:36pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

I didn't realize there was an original and a pitbull 2.  What's the difference?


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#4 2010-03-06 2:59pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Pitbulls are awesome! If dialed in they have amazng stop power, stop you on a dime and just about flip you over the handlebars.
They blow away sidepull brakes. The original Pitbulls just say Pitbull on'm whereas the Pitbull II's say Pitbull II on'm. They are shaped different from the first version. The arms are longer and a little less beefy. I personally dont think the PBII's are as good as the original PB's.


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#5 2010-03-06 3:05pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

BITD, I put Pitbulls on the rear of my 87 Dyno Detour. It had the GT OGK mags. At first, I didn't notice any extra braking power. I later put some 48's on the bike and the brakes worked great. I don't know if I give credit to the pitbulls or the change in wheels. Either way, I was happy with them. They look cool.

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#6 2010-03-06 3:35pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

i never understood the stupidity of why they went to a non-threaded brake pad. the original pitbull is a better brake. i have used both.

pitbull original
http://i14.ebayimg.com/03/i/000/fe/04/bfe1_1.JPG

pitbull2
http://www.80skid.com/images/OdysseyPitbullGen21.jpg

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#7 2010-03-06 3:39pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Oh yeah , the orig are nice . Don't know about the other one .


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#8 2010-03-06 3:40pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

best caliper brake, keep the hangar and cable lubed and its unbeatable (as far as calipers go)

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#9 2010-03-06 5:59pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Love the pitbulls,I currently have one on my rider and won't use anything else,no other brakes except 990's will come close to it in terms of stopping power.


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#10 2010-03-06 6:06pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Are there any parts on them that can wear out?  I might try to pick one up cheap to try it out, but don't know what to look out for (if anything).  Can someone post some pics of the back side so I can get an idea of how they are designed?


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#11 2010-03-06 6:17pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

No wearing parts other than cable and pads.

Front Pitbull:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v427/CythoN/bikes/sale/DSC07737.jpg

rear:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v427/CythoN/bikes/sale/DSC07738.jpg


Pitbull2 front:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v427/CythoN/bikes/sale/DSC07740.jpg

Pitbull2 rear:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v427/CythoN/bikes/sale/DSC07739.jpg

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#12 2010-03-06 6:22pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Looks like a pretty simple design. cool
Are there springs in the arms?


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#13 2010-03-06 6:26pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

They work great..
Make sure you keep the little rollers lubed though so they don't freeze up..

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo223/nsrrider1/P2270004.jpg


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#14 2010-03-06 6:30pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

yea, springs under the mounting bolts. And was said, keep the cam lubed

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#15 2010-03-06 6:32pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Excuse my ignorance, but which part is the "cam" or the "little rollers"?


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#16 2010-03-06 6:47pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

In my pic the wedge is the blue triangle shaped part.
The rollers ride on it. They are located under the rivets at the top of the arms. You can't see them in this pic.

jlewis wrote:

Excuse my ignorance, but which part is the "cam" or the "little rollers"?


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#17 2010-03-06 6:51pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Awesome!  Thanks for the help, guys!  Great information as always.
Now.... to find a cheap one to play around with!  big_smile


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#18 2010-03-06 7:00pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Plenty of them in the for sale section today..


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#19 2010-03-06 7:27pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Hey, here's a question.... is there any way to rig one for the front brake with a potts mod setup?


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#20 2010-03-06 10:53pm

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Well judging strictly from the design I would think it wouldn't be possible, but there are some pretty ingenious people out there so I'm not saying it couldn't be done.. I've personally never seen it though..

jlewis wrote:

Hey, here's a question.... is there any way to rig one for the front brake with a potts mod setup?

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#21 2010-03-07 7:01am

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

Anybody else seen one used with a potts mod?


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#22 2010-03-07 10:18am

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

jlewis wrote:

Anybody else seen one used with a potts mod?

Thats a good question. Never seen any on the front before. I dont see why it wouldnt work some how?

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#23 2010-03-07 10:46am

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

jlewis wrote:

Anybody else seen one used with a potts mod?

I was thinking about that a couple days ago.If you ran a super long cable,you could use a cable stop that was used on 70s era road bikes for their front center pull brakes.It mounts between the headset hardware.By the time you looped the cable through the forks and then back up to bar height to get it in downward position,I think it would look ridiculous.I bet it would work,though.You would have to modify the cable stop to fit the headset becouse the ID is too small.I've done this using a dremel.


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#24 2010-03-29 9:04am

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

djd93306 wrote:

Pitbulls are awesome! If dialed in they have amazng stop power, stop you on a dime and just about flip you over the handlebars.
They blow away sidepull brakes. The original Pitbulls just say Pitbull on'm whereas the Pitbull II's say Pitbull II on'm. They are shaped different from the first version. The arms are longer and a little less beefy. I personally dont think the PBII's are as good as the original PB's.

I see a few ppl tend to agree with this...however is it a matter of aesthetics? Are the pitbull 2 brakes not good at all? I can deal with the threadless pads and the dialing in part...but after that i would think it is still a good brake?
I only ask cuz I plan to put them on a rider build.
Thanks for the info.


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#25 2010-03-29 9:10am

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Re: Odyssey Pitbull Brakes - Do they work well?

waverave wrote:

djd93306 wrote:

Pitbulls are awesome! If dialed in they have amazng stop power, stop you on a dime and just about flip you over the handlebars.
They blow away sidepull brakes. The original Pitbulls just say Pitbull on'm whereas the Pitbull II's say Pitbull II on'm. They are shaped different from the first version. The arms are longer and a little less beefy. I personally dont think the PBII's are as good as the original PB's.

I see a few ppl tend to agree with this...however is it a matter of aesthetics? Are the pitbull 2 brakes not good at all? I can deal with the threadless pads and the dialing in part...but after that i would think it is still a good brake?
I only ask cuz I plan to put them on a rider build.
Thanks for the info.

I loved my pitbull brakes. Looks wise, never liked the way pb 2's looked at all.

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