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long reach brakes(6 posts)

long reach brakesgrassy knoll
Sep 9, 2001 10:51 AM
I am building up a winter beater bike using an old frame that was made for 27" wheels. If i run 700c wheels will long reach brakes work??? any recomendations would be appreciated. thanks.
re: long reach brakesalex the engineer
Sep 9, 2001 12:27 PM
If the reach you need is more than about 50mm, you will need "standard reach" calipers, such as shimano rx100 standards. They are the only currently produced standard reach calipers, other than BMX calipers.
re: long reach brakesgrassy knoll
Sep 9, 2001 8:16 PM
thanks for the info. loose screws has the RX100 calipers for $29.00 each. they also carry an offset bolt which lowers the pivot point of the caliper. the bolts go for $30.00 each! go figure
Tell me more...................Live Steam
Sep 9, 2001 1:31 PM
I would like to do the same, but the brake bosses are set for 27in tires. Are there brake calipers that will work to correct this? If so please forward info on who carries these. Thanks
re: long reach brakesAPSBiker01
Sep 9, 2001 8:25 PM
Make sure and ask your LBS if they have some older road brakes. I had the same problem and just went and looked in my shop's 'used brakes bin' and found some sweet, 20 year old DuraAce calipers that work great and look swank even though they've obviously been used. Tey might even just gve you some for free(doesn't hurt to ask!)

They are definitely available.Kurt H
Sep 10, 2001 12:25 PM
I built up a beater/commuter last year that was made for 27" wheels. Like another poster, I THOUGHT I had found a set of usable old Campy brakes in the LBS used bin. Unfortunately, in my case someone had cut the mounting stud off the front caliper to use them with a more modern recessed bolt instead of the original nutted mounting. That brings up the big question for your bike: Nutted or recessed mounting attachment? My frame required nutted attachment. Tektro makes a super-cheap long reach nutted attachment single pivot brake caliper. I think the reach is 49-63mm. I think they also make them for recessed mounting applications. They're not pretty, but they will make you stop. Total cost:$20 new from QBP. I'm thinking of tearing down my commuter in the next couple of days and selling off some parts, the brakes among the parts going. It will depend on whether a deal comes through for a new frame I have my eye on. If I can get the new frame, you can pick up my 6 month old brakes for next to nothing. Drop me a line.
Kurt