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Old 06-14-12, 04:17 PM   #1
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Brake change?

My Tricross has cantilever brakes. The ones at the front are easy enough to adjust but the ones at the back just seem like more of a pain. So I was wondering if it's a sensible proposition to change them for caliper brakes, something like this, which seem like they are much easier to work with.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=67224

If it makes a difference, it's a 2009 tricross sport triple and I've had the change made so the front brake cable is seated under the fork rather than on the stem (a change Specialized made from 2010 onwards to prevent juddering when using the front brake)
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Contango- It's doubtful that your frame has the needed distance between the rim and a caliper moung hole, or if your frame has said holes to begin with. Even if your frame had a brake bridge and crown with the correct holes to mount the calipers being a bike made for large profile tires and mud build up the length of the calipers' arms would be very long. This would reduce their leverage by a lot.

There are cantis with easy adjustments and those with more finiky methods. Practice, practice, practice. Andy.
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IDK which canti's you have, one popular adjustment improvement,
is added to where the fixed end of the cable is,
to replace the standard fixed transverse cable
with an adjuster between the end ball and the brake,

Avid Ultimate http://www.cyclocrossworld.com/avid-...locross-brakes
and some of the TRP EuroX cantilevers come with those
http://www.cyclocrossworld.com/trp-a...e-brake-barrel..

you might go for Pauls new short arm V brake too.
they are made for cross bikes with Road Brifters [in California] http://www.paulcomp.com/

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Ah, I hadn't considered the height of the caliper... I thought it should fit around my wheels as I'm using 700x32 tyres rather than anything hugely wide (I figured if I was going to put 700x50 or something on it then I might as well stick to riding the MTB).

Maybe the best bet is to just swap out the rear brake with something easier to work with, something more like the front brake.
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