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long reach brake for a cross bike(4 posts)

long reach brake for a cross bikekilimanjaro
Jan 21, 2003 4:01 PM
What drawbacks are there for using long reach caliper brakes for cross, assuming that the frame designed with it in mind will fit 32mm tires with fenders (The widest I plan to run). I imagine that long reach calipers would be easier to adjust.

Thanks for any thoughts on this
re: long reach brake for a cross bikeatpjunkie
Jan 21, 2003 5:36 PM
drawback is area between caliper and tire is reduced and makes a mud trap. Plus long reach brakes lose power due to the fact that the longer arms flex under braking loads. The reason canti's are most used in cx is they offer the best braking power/mud clearance ratio.
Jan 21, 2003 5:37 PM
it's the same reason touring bikes use cant's, clearance( fender) to power ratio.
re: long reach brake for a cross bikehummu
Jan 22, 2003 9:03 AM
Save some money by putting on a set of centre-pull brakes. These are the original dual pivot brakes. I have MAFAC Racers on my Proctor which I had from an old Peugeot in my basement. You should be able to find something by MAFAC, Wiemann, or Dia-Compe for cheap or almost free. Change the brake pads for some Kool-Stops for better performance.

Want to go top-shelf? The top of the line Wiemanns and Dia-Compes from way back pivot on ball bearings. They're shiny, too. Can't think of model names/numbers off hand though.

At the lever they feel good. I've got my road dual pivots, my cross cantilevers and my centre-pulls all feeling about the same. For that matter my Avid linear pull brakes on my mtb feel the same, too.