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Old 11-17-10, 03:41 PM   #1
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Looking for suggestions regarding brake calipers.

I'm trying to find a suitable brake set-up for my bike. I want something as streamline, small, and/or sitting as close to the fork as possible. I'm trying to keep the bike as clean and simple looking as I can. Lastly, if possible, I want it to have the brake pull on the left side to make a nicer bend when running the front brake to the right brake lever. That part isn't a necessity, though, so I'm totally up for ideas of calipers with right side pulls too.

I'm only just beginning in this hobby and was hoping some of you experts might know of something that suits my desires. Any ideas for particular brake calipers I should search for?
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some of the older dia-compe calipers have the barrels reversed. They would be single pivot, but less clunky.
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Brakes? bike? what are we talking here?

Any problem with regular sidepulls?
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Brakes? bike? what are we talking here?

Any problem with regular sidepulls?
Sorry, I'm looking for a regular side pull brake caliper, but I'm hoping to find a caliper that is as small and simple as possible in order to maintain a clean simple look for the bike.
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The one on the very left is like the smallest, lightest, classic brake caliper you can get.
The CLB compact. It's a bit wimpy in terms of braking power, but it satisfies the needs of most minimalist weight weenies. A nice almost brand new set just sold the other day for a nice low price because of the off-season. The one pictured is the top of the line version with the small centering "balance spring" in the back. You can also opt for the one on the right, the Campagnolo C Delta aero brake caliper, which hides nicely from the slipstream, but a good used set cost lots of money these days.

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They are all fairly small and simple, just get one that reaches your rim. For cleanliness I always liked old suntour cyclones, I don't think brakes get much smaller... (Ignore my long cables and tire guides, you can trim/remove those)

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Are you kiddin me? I got totally surprised by this awesome picture. I love to look at pictures of boxes with random bike parts. And everything looks to be in 'new' condition.

Nice, nice, nice!!!
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some of the older dia-compe calipers have the barrels reversed. They would be single pivot, but less clunky.
The dia-comp model you might look for are the aero grand comps, very small caliper.
http://www.velobase.com/ViewComponen...ff455&Enum=117

Downside is that replacement pads for these calipers are a proprietary design and availability is limited and expensive.
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Is the rest of your bike a hodgepodge of parts? It might help to know what type of bike you have and what other parts are on the bike. Maybe a photo of you bike, too.

Personally, I really like the look of Campagnolo monoplanar brakes. I wouldn't call them small, per se, but I think the aero design gives a nice clean look.
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I'm trying to find a suitable brake set-up for my bike. I want something as streamline, small, and/or sitting as close to the fork as possible. I'm trying to keep the bike as clean and simple looking as I can. Lastly, if possible, I want it to have the brake pull on the left side to make a nicer bend when running the front brake to the right brake lever. That part isn't a necessity, though, so I'm totally up for ideas of calipers with right side pulls too.
You can get the same nice bend when you run the front brake on the left lever and have the brake pull on the right side. I believe it would actually be the same...

As for compact, the DiaCompe BRS200's are compact, clean, and small. They stop pretty well. They are smaller, I believe, than the older aero GC's, and use Shimano pads.
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Personally, I really like the look of Campagnolo monoplanar brakes.
Sorry. My bike is an Ellis-Briggs with kind of a hodge podge. Shimano 600 tri-color crank-set, derailleurs, and bar end shifters, Ritchey ergo bars, Cane Creek aero levers, and I'm thinking it's going to have classic style tubular wheels. The saddle will almost certainly be something modern. I'm also hoping to run the smallest rings/cassette I reasonably can to hopefully keep that look a little more simple. I don't really have a particularly strong feeling as far as new vs. old with the brake calipers. Just a nice clean simple look.

In any case, it looks like there are variations of the Campagnolo Monoplanar brakes, but I did see one set I definitely liked. Thanks.
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You can get the same nice bend when you run the front brake on the left lever and have the brake pull on the right side. I believe it would actually be the same...

As for compact, the DiaCompe BRS200's are compact, clean, and small. They stop pretty well. They are smaller, I believe, than the older aero GC's, and use Shimano pads.
I know I would have the same bend either way. I'd like to set this bike up with right-front brakes for purposes of keeping my hand on the front brake when hand signalling. I also like those DiaCompe calipers. Thanks.
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