This morning I read this posting by a member on the CR list, and it got me to wondering.
"One critical variable that people don't discuss is brake reach. The "same" Record brake run as a long reach caliper at the bottom of the slots and a short reach run at the top of the slots brake nothing alike. The former is a classic "speed modulator" while the latter is a powerful, effective brake that is capable of stopping as quickly as the tires and conditions allow."
I was wondering about how two different sets of Record brakes might differ on the bike I was working on at the time. I tried both a set of short reach Record brakes on it, and a set of "long", or regular reach Record brakes. Both fit. And work. The shoes were near their lower limit in the slot on the short reach set. Closer to the top of the slot on the standard reach set. I didn't have the chance to test each fully.
What do you say about the theory mentioned in the quote? Is it a wash? One set-up preferable to the other?