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Old 10-04-06, 07:39 AM   #1
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Difference between front and rear road caliper

Is there any difference between a front and rear shimano 105 brake caliper?

i.e. can I fit the front to the rear?

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Old 10-04-06, 07:42 AM   #2
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Usually the only diff is in the length of the bolt that attaches the caliper to the frame. Front is a longer bolt since it needs to go through the fork. You can use a front caliper on the rear but will need to get a shorter bolt.
However, if you're in need of a rear brake there are lots more widowed rear calipers out there, lots more than widowed front calipers, because lots of people run the front brake only on a fixed gear or singlespeed bike.
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Old 10-04-06, 07:48 AM   #3
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Got a box of bits so should be able to adapt it, just wanted to make sure!

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