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Budget brake question(3 posts)

Budget brake questionfeathers mcgraw
Aug 25, 2003 9:41 AM
A teammate of mine is thinking of getting into 'cross cheap. He has a touring bike that has clearance for knobbies, but no canti studs. Is there a center bolt-mount brake that has clearance for knobbies? Thanks.
Tire Clearancehaimish
Aug 25, 2003 11:34 AM
Clearance is determined by the frame, not the brake. A single pivot caliper will give you a little bit more clearance than a dual pivot, but it's not a huge difference. I'm guessing that if it's a touring frame you'll be able to run 32c knobbies without issue. I've got a bike set up this way, SJS touring frame with long reach RX100 dual pivots, can fit a 38c Tioga in the back and 32c Continental up front. Great brake feel, easy to set up, but if you want really big tires and mud clearance, cantis are the way to go.
re: Budget brake questionrichpierce
Aug 26, 2003 2:08 PM
I've got boatloads of old center pull brakesets (diacompe, etc) that you could have for mighty cheap.