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Front vs Rear Brakes?(4 posts)

Front vs Rear Brakes?toonces
Apr 9, 2003 2:59 PM
I just received a Tektro 423ag brake that is labeled as a rear brake. Can I use this as a front brake on my fixed gear bike?
Bolt lengthKerry
Apr 9, 2003 3:28 PM
You can't swap front/rear unless you can swap the anchor bolt and the nut on it. Rear bolt is very short compared to front. In many cases, this cannot be done, but it is specific to the brand and model of brake. If you can do the bolt swap, things should work OK, though in a few cases, front brakes are designed to be stronger than rear.
Bolt lengthtoonces
Apr 9, 2003 9:10 PM
Darn. Upon closer inspection, it looks as if the bolt is going to be too short as thought. It's coming out of the caliper and not the part that threads out. BUT, it looks like I can remove/replace the main pivot bolt. Is this a common part shops would stock? I'm going to go a shop that caters mainly to road bikers and I guess I'll find out tomorrow afternoon.
Bolt lengthcdhbrad
Apr 10, 2003 5:54 AM
Before you take that route, see if you can find a longer recessed nut than the one that came with the brake. I know that Kestrel supplies a nut like this with some of their forks because the portion of the fork where the brake installs is thicker than some other forks. Your local shop might have some of these around as spares. This would be a lot easier than swapping out the mounting bolt.