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Cantilever brakes(5 posts)

Cantilever brakesjd239
Aug 22, 2003 6:52 AM
I have an older (86 or 87) bike with Dia Compe cantilever brakes. The bike has 27" wheels that I would like to change to 700c's. Because the break pads are stationary on my Dia Compes and don't line up with a 700c wheel, I wanted to see if changing my brakes to the Tektro Oryx brake would work since the pad arms can be adjusted up or down somewhat. Does anyone have any experience with these brakes and how do they perform? Pros/Cons? Thank you.
There's lots of variables.Spoke Wrench
Aug 22, 2003 7:12 AM
Things like rim width and how the brakes fit in the brake arms all make a difference. You just about have to trial fit it and see for yourself. I personally wouldn't bet on it working, but it might.

To be honest with you, I wouldn't put money into anything but tires, tubes and maybe cables for a bike that came with 27" wheels.
There's lots of variables.jd239
Aug 22, 2003 7:20 AM
Hi Spoke Wrench - Thanks for the responce. This is my touring bike. Yes it's old, but has 30,000 plus miles on it. A Schwinn Voyager that I've had for a long time. Changing the wheels to 700c's will be a huge help for me since choices in anything 27" is hard to come by. I have other improvements in store for it if I can get over this hurdle. Frame is still in excellent shape and a new touring bike is way too may dollars to buy a new one at this point. Anyone wanting to email me personally is OK. Thanks again.
Old Schwinn DiseaseSpoke Wrench
Aug 22, 2003 7:40 AM
Man, it sounds to me like you've got a bad case of "Old Schwinn Disease." Unfortunately, there's no cure for it. Sorry.
If you luck out....cory
Aug 22, 2003 8:21 AM
I don't know those specific brakes, but your plan is certainly workable. When I converted an old Trek tourer to singlespeed, I was able to swap from 27 to 700 wheels with just a brake adjusment on the cantis. If the Tektros won't work, see what Rivendell has--Grant's big on adjustability, and he carries at least a couple of cantis. It's www.rivbike.com.