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brake with good clearancechimp
Mar 4, 2003 10:41 AM
Can anyone recomend a caliper brake with good clearance for fenders and fat(ish) tires. It's going on the new steamroller.
You need Normal/Long reach caliperszmarke
Mar 4, 2003 1:31 PM
I dealt with this issue when I was considering a steamroller myself. It depends on the "reach" of the brake. The terms keep changing but the size remains the same.

"short reach 39-49mm" (Shimano RSX, RX100, Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace, and I am sure the comparable Campy models) is what is used on most road bikes and you can squeeze a 700x25 and sometimes a 700x28 but never with fenders.

"Normal or Long reach 47-57mm" (Shimano A550-Tiagara Quality, BR600-Ultegra Quality, Tektro 520A, and Tektro-520AG) can fit up to 700x28 with fenders or 700x35 without.

Any local bike shop shuold have or can order any of the long reach models since these are all current models. Nashbar even has the Ultegra quality ones.
Mar 6, 2003 10:19 AM
I just swapped the fixed for a freewheel on my steamroller + a rear brake. I'd go for the tektro. I put a sora rear as recommended by a local shop. The front is a tektro and it seems to be a bit more powerful. Hard to say for sure as I have some cabling issues to resolve.

Running Avocet Cross II 28/32 setup and it's a blast on the local dirt roads. Even grippy in snow & ice!