Well, this build is not slowing down even though brakes are today's component. These are the Tektro 359 medium reach brakes. They will allow the frame to accommodate bigger tires, so I am excited to give them a shot. I have had the Tektro brand on my CAAD, and they seem just fine. There are many pricier alternatives, but brakes are an upgrade that I can make down the road if need be. If this frame works out like I am hoping, I can see some chicken boutique brake going on the bike. For now, there's no stopping me. These will do just fine.