Tektro CR720 Cyclocross Cantilever Brake - Black

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- Cold forged alloy
- Black anodized
- For rear or front use, order 2 for a complete set
- With link wire
- With adjusting bolts and bushes
- Adjustable from 25 to 35 mm
- Only 132g
Product Reviews (7)
Questions & Answers (18) Q & A
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Product Reviews (7)
Overall Product Rating 4.7 / 5
Fabulous product at a fabulous price.
By Merv
23 Jun 2020
5 / 5
I recommend this product
Made an enormous difference to my braking, now highly efficient and controllable.
Top braking even on stock pads
By Terry
07 Jul 2019
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsSprings can be uneven most likely
ProsPowerful braking with a good feel of modulation and looks
These are even better than the avid shorty ultimate's they replaced after mangled alloy hardware failed from constant adjustment, plus they take the mtb pads, whilst when I'm commuting, touring, etc and are cheaper to replace.

As long as the yolk is not too low (90 degree canti) and the cable ends are filed, oiled and enter into the gussets at the correct angle / length, you will find these brakes really do shine.

I find the yolk is easy to setup once the straddle cable is across, release then insert the brake cable in the top is the best way.

Lastly for perfect alignment, take the arm that is closest to the rim and slightly bend the end of the spring down a mm or two at a time, this will balance the overall tension.

Cracking brakes, more modulation and better feel than V type, plus look better on the Long Haul Trucker.
Good Design
By JH39
08 May 2019
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsFiddly set up with hanger!
ProsWell Made
These cantilevers are good value, but fiddly to set up with the hanger supplied, ensure that correct allen keys are used.
An alternative is to use a simpler hanger such as Suntour or D20 in store.
By Steve
09 Aug 2018
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsWith all cantis you have to fiddle with cable lengths to get them right.
ProsGreat stopping power without discs.
These are great brakes for the price. The pads are not the best and don't show what the brake is capable of. Much easier to set up than the Oryx they replaced. The Oryx aren't actually that bad if set up properly with decent pads but these are just better. I run one bike with these up front and Oryx at the back (for pannier clearance). For pads I've used Ritchey (made by Koolstop!) and Clarkes triple compound, both are great.
By Bodylin
30 May 2018
5 / 5
I recommend this product
I recommend this product as it does exactly what it says it will.
Nice Cantilevers
By Mikael
29 Apr 2017
4 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsSeem to be cheap pads
ProsLooks, adjustment points, price.
Was interested in testing these brakes with my CX bike. Been using BB5 R brakes with poor, fading performance of rear discbrake on my disc/rimbrake (Deore 475 disc hubs/Mavic A119 rims)wheels.
These brakes are my first canti's. Pads seem to be cheap and will be upgraded, brake feel has been good with some fading with the hard pads.
By Avery
26 Apr 2017
4 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsThe grub screws can round out
ProsCheap, good stopping, look nice
Lovely easy to set up brakes. I have them on my cross bike and my vintage mountain bike. Work well, look good and are light enough. At this price? Unbelievable.
Questions & Answers (18)
Does this come with cartridge pad holders / shoes?
10 Oct 2021
hi the image seems to show the CR520 - shown with one piece pads, I thought the CR720s came with a cartridge shoes to swap the pads easier? Could you confirm which type are supplied

The pads supplied are one piece as per the picture.

JK 11.10.21
Will these work with a 65mm boss spacing and 25mm rims on a early 90s bike?
28 Oct 2020
Hello, without having your bike in the shop to test fit its impossible to say.

JK 28.10.20
Can I use Kool Stop Dura 2 inserts with these?
14 Sep 2020
Hi, I am referring to SJS part 31819SLM.
If not, do you have compatible Kool Stop (salmon) inserts?
No, but you can use - SJS Cycles part number : 22296

Thanks - 17/09/20
Are these short pull brakes?
14 Sep 2020
Would they work with road brake levers (eg Sora)?
Hello, yes these would work with your Sora brake levers.
Which levers are best for these please?
07 Jul 2020
I can buy any lever I like...
For Flat bar? Something like - SJS Cycles part number : 14892

Thanks - 07/07/20
Would these work on a 90s Dawes 531 steel frame?
19 May 2020
yes RT
Is it fit for 26x2.1 tires ?
17 May 2020
Yes, this would be fine.

Thanks - 18/05/20
Carbon rims - what pads can I get for these?
01 Oct 2019
I'll be using these on carbon rims. Which pads would work?
Hi there,

Unfortunately, we do not have anything that will work with those brakes im afraid.

Currently use Avid Shorty are these a straight swop in respect of fitting the frame connection point
15 Jan 2019
yes, they are cantilever brakes. They ought to fit.

yes, they are cantilever brakes. They ought to fit.

Are these compatible with the Tektro Rl340 brake levers? Thanks
11 Sep 2018
Hi there,

You should be able to use without an issue, However as we have never done this we cannot say for certain I'm afraid.

Do u get one pair or 2 for this price?
28 Jun 2018
Is it a complete set for rear and front or do I need to purchase 2 sets.
This is for one brake and the fixings.

These brakes won't engage rim on front wheel?
20 Apr 2018
Rear brakes are fine and supplier insists they should work on both wheels. However pads skim tyre even in lowest position.
Hi there,

Without seeing your bicycle in person we are unable to offer any assistance, we can only recommend your local bike shop may be the best help.

Tektro RL520
13 Apr 2018
Hi, may I know Will this Tektro RL520 brakes levers works with? Thank You
Hi, these will work with Tektro RL520 brake levers. Thanks
Will these work correctly with Shimano 105 ST-5800 levers?
01 Mar 2018
Hi there,

You should be able to do this without a problem, however we have never tried this so we cannot say for certain.


Tektro CR720 Cyclocross Cantilever Brake.
16 Oct 2017
I need these brakes for both side of the Bike front and rare.

These brakes are suitable for both front a rear use.

Hi, Would This Brake Set Be Suitable For A Classic Dawes Galaxy Touring Bike?
23 Apr 2017

Providing your bike has canti studs and brake levers with a short cable pull then these brakes will be suitable.

Tektro Cr720 Cantilever Brakes
29 Jul 2016
Do you sell cartridge brake CR720.12
( black ) to fit the above brake?

I need a pair, if possible with Koolstop Salmon pads.

These brakes accept V-brake style blocks so most of these type blocks will be compatible. The closest cartridge style blocks we have come with dual compound inserts rather than just the Salmon compound, these are SJSC part number 22265.

Do You Sell Replacement Cable Part For Tektro Cr720?
05 Jul 2016
The cable and fastening bolt on my current Tektro wide cantis are very rusted. Do you sell just the cable part for Tektro CR720?

These aren't made available as a spare by Tektro unfortunately so we're not able to get hold of this part for you I'm afraid.