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    Who makes 65mm long reach brakes?

    I measured the center of the hole to the center of the rim on my 1980 Panasonic conversion fixie and the distance was 65mm. Is this the correct way to measure?

    If so, who makes long reach brakes this size?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    Thanks. With quick release levers yet!
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    The reach measurement is from the center of the brake bolt mounting hole to the center of the brake track on the rim.

    Your measurement of 65 mm is longer than I would expect as bikes from this era usually used "Normal" (now called Long) reach brakes which spanned 47 to 57 mm.

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    I would assume it was spec'd with 27's and now has 700's. Common on Fix conversions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynikal
    I would assume it was spec'd with 27's and now has 700's. Common on Fix conversions.
    Good point. My '83 Trek with "Long Reach" 105 brakes was converted from 27" to 700 and the brakes had enough adjustment to align.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
    Thanks. With quick release levers yet!
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    Just a note from someone who has those brakes. You will want to throw away the stock pads and put on something better, like Kool Stops. They take any Shimano Dura-Ace/Ultegra compatible cartridge pads.

    Really.. the stock pads are more like temporary space fillers than brake pads. They are dangerous, IMO.

    Other than that, they're great brakes.
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    thanks for the heads up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    Highly recommended. Not only are they long reach, but they're a modern dual-pivot design as well. I put a pair on an old Dawes that I installed 700c wheels on. I got them from Harris, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider
    The reach measurement is from the center of the brake bolt mounting hole to the center of the brake track on the rim.

    Your measurement of 65 mm is longer than I would expect as bikes from this era usually used "Normal" (now called Long) reach brakes which spanned 47 to 57 mm.
    My fixie conversion is a 1982 Panasonic and currently has a 27" wheel on it, but I stuck the 700c from my carbon roadie on and 65cm c-c is what it came out to be.

    The fixed is a 62cm frame if that makes a difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
    My fixie conversion is a 1982 Panasonic and currently has a 27" wheel on it, but I stuck the 700c from my carbon roadie on and 65cm c-c is what it came out to be.

    The fixed is a 62cm frame if that makes a difference?
    I guess I was lucky that my Trek 27 to 700 conversion worked with the existing brakes. No, your frame size should have nothing to do with the brake reach requirements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwainedibbly
    Highly recommended. Not only are they long reach, but they're a modern dual-pivot design as well. I put a pair on an old Dawes that I installed 700c wheels on. I got them from Harris, too.
    Damn, they are the recessed-bolt style. I need the long bolt version!

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