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Old 05-27-08, 01:23 AM   #1
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Center pull brakes on new fork

Has anyone upgraded a suspension fork to a rigid and kept older center pull cantilever brakes on it?

I have an older Rockhopper that I took to have looked at for replacing the fork. The LBS mechanic told me that I'd need new brakes, shifters, etc. He said that it would cost almost $300 when all was said and done..

Then I was shown some new bikes.

I'm not sure that I was being taken for a ride , but it seemed that there must be some rigid suspension adjusted MTB fork that could take my current brakes. (I want to keep them because I have drop bars and Road bike brake levers on the bike, and V brakes don't like my levers...not to mention the cost savings).

Thanks for any ideas.
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Old 05-27-08, 02:38 PM   #2
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Can't think of any reason why you can't switch your old brakes onto the bosses of your new fork. You may need to fit a cable hanger to stop the outer cable if this is on your suspension fork. You can get these from most bike shops, they either fit on the headset or stem - or if you are careful you can drill vertically through the stem and fit an adjuster in the hole.
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That "mechanic" was taking you for a ride. Go to a shop where they respect your needs.
Rigid suspension-adjusted forks with canti bosses are widely available. Just use a cable stop that clamps onto the steerer/stem or bolts to the hole at the fork crown.

(Note: there is no "careful" way to drill a hole through your stem. If you value your life, don't ever do it.)
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That "mechanic" was taking you for a ride. Go to a shop where they respect your needs.
+1.

To the OP: Name the shop for future reference.

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