Any idea what brakes are on this bike and the vintage? I checked Velobase to no avail.
Mafac brakes with a "booster arm". They are thought to stiffen up the brake caliper and improve their performance.
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Looks like a MAFAC with a stiffening bridge. I've not seen that before.
+1, the brake booster prevented the pivot studs from splaying outward in reaction to the pad pressing against the rim. This increased the mechanical efficency of the brake slightly. This feature was popular on Roller-Cam and U-Brake equipped ATBs in the very late 1980s.
Plenty of brake boosters on cantis back in the day also.
1980ish Free Spirit Sunbird fixed * 1996 Mongoose IBOC Zero-G * 1995ish Park Pre Pro 825 * 1997 KHS Comp * 1990-ish Scapin * Lemond Buenos Aires Triple
True, but they weren't nearly as effective on cantilevers.
guygadois, i saw that bike, are you looking at buying it or are you the owner? look good!
I have a set of those bridges but have ridden on those brakes in quite some time. I recall not noticing much difference in braking feel.
1958 Drysdale (Grey Ghost?).........197x Windsor Pro
1961 Gitane Gran Sport
1974 Zeus track
1980 Palo Alto
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