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Old 03-06-07, 11:33 AM   #1
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Long-reach V-brake recommendations for a 29er

Can anyone recommend a long-reach v-brake for 29er tires? I've got a Surly Karate Monkey 29er w/Schwalbe Big Apple's and I've got "standard reach" v-brakes on it right now. They fit but they are snug. I just picked up the new Planet Bike Arcadia 29er fenders and, as I suspected, the fenders don't fit under the v-brake cable. I've heard there are some longer-reach v-brakes out there but a search here and w/google turned up dead ends. Thanks in advance.
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How do the fenders fit otherwise? What brand brakes are you running now?
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I'm not sure I understand your question--they fit by runnig across the wheel as v-brakes do, and they're really snug w/out fenders. But because the tires are so big the space in b/w the v-brake cable and the the tire isn't big enough to fit now that I want to add fenders. So I need a taller/longer v-brake arm.
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From the specs I can gather: Tektro sells direct pull brakes with 102mm arms. Shimano sells "longer" arm v-brakes at 107mm.
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Thanks. I now see the Shimano Deore longer reach. I'll measure to see if that will fit. Any other long arm v-brakes out there?
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I'm not sure I understand your question--they fit by runnig across the wheel as v-brakes do, and they're really snug w/out fenders. But because the tires are so big the space in b/w the v-brake cable and the the tire isn't big enough to fit now that I want to add fenders. So I need a taller/longer v-brake arm.
Sorry, I was quickly typing this while I should be working! I was just curious how the fenders fit since I have a KM too. Is it possible to slide the wheel further back in the dropout? Or are you already all the way back. In theory this could buy you some more room for the V-brake cable.
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Thanks. I now see the Shimano Deore longer reach. I'll measure to see if that will fit. Any other long arm v-brakes out there?
hey russian! i'm rockin' the almost exact same setup wheelwise as you (big apples on mavic a719's). the deore work great. i haven't installed fenders yet, but my lbs (harris cyclery in newton, ma) says it'll be no problem with the deores.
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Sorry, I was quickly typing this while I should be working! I was just curious how the fenders fit since I have a KM too. Is it possible to slide the wheel further back in the dropout? Or are you already all the way back. In theory this could buy you some more room for the V-brake cable.
Yeah, I tried that and it's really snug--but in a pinch it would work. I'd rather avoid those kind of fits, plus the Deore are cheap.
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Yeah, I tried that and it's really snug--but in a pinch it would work. I'd rather avoid those kind of fits, plus the Deore are cheap.
Not only are they cheap, but they are very solid. I just put a set on my Trek 7K and love them. A big improvement over the stock STX-RC short cantis. I feel Shimano has a good "trickle down" attitude towards their V-brakes, meaning most of them are very similar in how they perform. Granted the XT/XTR levels are a different story but for the most part I've felt that the low to mid upper grade work very well. Just a slight weight variation, and the Deores are black............thats important as well

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My Surly 1x1 came with a set of Shimano Deore XT's. It originally had 26x2.35" knobbies,and cleared them fine.
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