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How do you like my newest addition?(6 posts)

How do you like my newest addition?mackgoo
Feb 15, 2003 2:55 PM
Nice.. And quesion.laffeaux
Feb 15, 2003 9:39 PM
Is that how high you normally run your canti straddle cable? I have a set of Paul's Neo-Retros (more or less a copy of the Mafac), and run the straddle cable a lot lower. Is there more or less stoping power with it where you have it.

How does it ride?
Nice.. And quesion.mackgoo
Feb 16, 2003 1:25 PM
That's as low as I could get it. As I said these were an add on and you can see I'm as low as the cable length would allow me to go.
The brakes work great. Right now they are rock hard as the pads are so thick the brakes don't open up much before hitting my forks. That's fine after a few miles they should wear some giving me a little play in my lever.
Probably some time I'll go with an after market pad which may be a little thinner.
Nice.. And quesion.atpjunkie
Feb 17, 2003 7:47 PM
sweet vintage MAFACs. makes me miss my old MTB (c:1981). loved those brakes. I run my straddle high on my Sppoky's as well.
great for mud clearance and brakes grab fine.
I talked to Paul's Complaffeaux
Feb 19, 2003 4:40 PM
I talked to someone at Paul Components today. After seeing the original post and then checking out Paul's web site which also showed a high straddle cable, I gave them a call to ask. According to him a high cable will work better than a low. He said that the lower cable height works well for low profile cantis but not Mafac-style brakes. I'll try mine higher and see how it does.

And to plug a good company...
Yesterday I called Paul Components and left a voice mail on their answering machine. Today a guy called me back with an answer - a real person! Pretty nice customer service, I'm impressed.
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Feb 24, 2003 7:00 PM
I raised my straddle cable, and yes, the brakes have much more stopping power. Definitely do not run the cable low.