Sondors changed brakes on new Rockstars.

DeMedici

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Just received my Rockstar. It looks like they changed the brakes. No longer Tektro brakes. No brand name on the new ones. Will have to see how they do once I get a chance to ride in spring.
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JRA

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Not sure what the original Tektro brakes were but the most glaring thing to me is a single piston caliper on what looks like only a 180mm at best rotor for such a heavy bike is going to be severely underbraked. I realise the Rockstar is a budget bike and costs are cut component wise to get there but you might want to save up for a better 4piston system with at least 200mm rotors which is not a big thing to install.
 

tomjasz

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I was doing email support when the original Sondors got delivered. Luna sold tens of thousands of dollars in upgrade parts to make them decent eBikes. In my experience they are more toy than reliable daily commuters. <ducking the fallout>
 

Cross-Up

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I think that's a BS deal that Sondors is trying to pull. I'm waiting on mine and if they pull some switcheroo on the brakes I'm getting a hold of customer service and request the Tektros that were promised on the website. Looking at Amazon a set of Clarks cost roughly $120.00 a set and the Tektros are $257.00 a set.
 

Timpo

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I think that's a BS deal that Sondors is trying to pull. I'm waiting on mine and if they pull some switcheroo on the brakes I'm getting a hold of customer service and request the Tektros that were promised on the website. Looking at Amazon a set of Clarks cost roughly $120.00 a set and the Tektros are $257.00 a set.
Sondors isn't known as high end, expensive bike.
I found that they are more affordable but still high performance option.

Rad Power use Nutt hydraulic brakes too.
Shimano, Nutt, Zoom.. they're in similar price range as Clarks.

Shimano

Nutt

Zoom
 

Cross-Up

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I know that but to advertise your bike comes equipped with Tektro brakes and components and change to something lesser than is not what should be happening (if that's the case). These bikes are heavy and need all the stopping power available. The Tektros may not be top shelf but are proven brake systems on the Rockstar. These are the brakes that have been coming installed on previous Rockstars

 
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Timpo

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I know that but to advertise your bike comes equipped with Tektro brakes and components and change to something lesser than is not what should be happening (if that's the case). These bikes are heavy and need all the stopping power available. The Tektros may not be top shelf but are proven brake systems on the Rockstar. These are the brakes that have been coming installed on previous Rockstars

Okay I see what you mean.

If they advertised that you will be getting a Tektro, and changed it without letting the customers know, that wouldn't be cool.
 

Cross-Up

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Here's the reply I got from Sondors Grant Galas,

Hi Ed.

Thank you for reaching out to us.

The brakes on the Rockstar are Zoom brakes, which are a newer company but are as reputable as they come.

Best regards
 

PedalUma

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Every bike mfg that I have seen has a disclaimer saying that some components may slightly differ. With supply chain issues it makes sense. These are starter brakes. Sort of like the nylon pedals some bikes come with.
 

Cross-Up

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This is another part of the email I sent to Sondors:

Grant, are you sure these new brakes are not Clarks? The brakes I have seen look nothing like the Zoom brakes you mention.

Ed


Hi Ed.

Indeed they are Zoom brakes.

Best regards
 

JRA

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No matter what the make as I said save up and get some decent 4piston ones!!!! Bikes over 60lbs deserve them....