Tandem Cycling - Carbon Forks for long reach caliper brakes
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Besides the Trek/Bontrager carbon tandem fork,does anyone else make a carbon fork for long/standard reach caliper brakes? I'd like to use a rim brake in the front,detest cantis,but want the ability to run fairly fat tires.I have seen a 35mm tire fit these type of calipers,and it would be nice to have the option. Having used a disc front brake,I think the right setup may be a disc rear brake and a long reach caliper front.
I won't even ask about A-C heights or rake.
IRD and Pauls make good cantis
Both Neo retro and touring.I don't want anymore cantis in my life...
I have both.
Cantis (good ones) stop harder than long reach. I bet the 35c tire you saw was European and was close to 32c in reality.
What is it about cantis you don't like?
as a class,i find cantis to be the worst brakes out there. I've used them for decades but I fing dual pivot caliper brakes to be better.
I had a merckx MXLeader that would fir a 32 with short reach brakes,and i've tried 35's in a few bikes with Long reach.
If the fork or frame is designed carefully with the pads at or near the bottom of the adjustment slots,they fit a pretty fat tire.
Tires are modern day Panaracer Paselas which are close to stated size.
I have several cross bikes with cantis because of mud clearance and light weoght.I don't need mud clearance on a tandem,but I would like to be able to run 32-35mm tires.
08-23-07, 08:15 AM
Besides the Trek/Bontrager carbon tandem fork,does anyone else make a carbon fork for long/standard reach caliper brakes?
No one that I'm aware of...
08-23-07, 08:50 AM
Dumb question-Why not?
No market demand in sufficient quantity to draw more investment by industry.
I'm pretty sure that the only chromoly fork produced for use with long-reach calipers is also a Trek product.
He could try Waterford. They have steel forks for long reach. There was an IRD carbon fork that their subsidiary Gunnar sold. But I don't know if that's the right size, or even still available.
08-23-07, 10:41 AM
The Trek T2000 fork is actually quite nice. Not the lightest around, but both lighter and stronger than a Wound-Up tandem fork. The AL steerer is internally reinforced with a short steel insert at the crown, specifically for tandem use. 385 A-C, 50 mm rake; Trek part number 270946; MSRP = $250, but you might be able to talk your dealer into a lower price when they special order it for you.
Our family has two tandems made for long/standard reach calipers. I like 'em a lot. Note, however, that the QR may not open wide enough to permit passage of a fully-inflated 35c tire. Depends, I suppose, on rim width. Our bikes have relatively narrow rims (Bontrager on one and Mavic CXP 30 on the other), and I can just slip an inflated 28 c through.
Good Luck - Have Fun,
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