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Old 04-27-06, 11:27 AM   #1
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Ebay brake caliper

Can anyone tell me if the caliper referenced in the link below is long reach? It's been 2 days and the Ebayer has not answered that question for me. Thanks.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
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Old 04-27-06, 11:53 AM   #2
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ha! track bike caliper!
that seller is an idiot. If he can't tell you that the "C" stands for Cannondale, then i'd be amazed if he could tell the difference between short and long reach.

anyway, it looks like a Cannondale Theta, or Omega brake pulled off a R_00-series road bike
which means it should be "short" reach.
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Thanks. Is there an online source for a $20 (or close) black brake caliper?
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Don't know about online, but see if you LBS has the Tektro RX40. They're like $30 for the pair, so you could split 'em with someone. They rule.

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Thanks. Is there an online source for a $20 (or close) black brake caliper?
I forgot to mention, they must be long reach, in the area of 57mm.
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Old 04-27-06, 01:07 PM   #6
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I forgot to mention, they must be long reach, in the area of 57mm.
sheldon has some pretty basic ones here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/brakes.html

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I forgot to mention, they must be long reach, in the area of 57mm.
$20 for that? Screw that!

You can get a new pair of tektro brakes off probikekit for like $40 shipped. Long reach as well, dual pivot.
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My bike shop has a crappy noname chinese dual pivot set in short and long for 28$ Cdn; I think kogswell also has black pairs that are inexpensive, but I could be wrong. Nashbar might be black too; they're not amazing, but in a year I've been more than happy with a 15$ pair of brakes that work very very well with the addition of dura ace pads.
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decent 57mm-reach calipers in black for $20? you're in for a tough search.
Tektro makes a few models, except only in silver.
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ha! track bike caliper!
that seller is an idiot. If he can't tell you that the "C" stands for Cannondale, then i'd be amazed if he could tell the difference between short and long reach.
"C does not stand for CAMPAGNOLO, COLNAGO, CINELLI, OR 100 LB BARS OF GOLD THAT I'M GIVING AWAY FOR FREE." I love it when people do that...

MTN Bike, Magna NOT VANILLA!

thanks for clarifying...
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I'll go halves with anyone on the Tektro RX40's, shoot me a PM or email at ctavel AT gmail.com to sort out the details
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I'd be down with that, except I need a short reach silver front.
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uhh.. there is a difference between a front and rear brake caliper.
you can't install rears on the front because the installing post isn't long enough to go through the width of your fork.
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"C does not stand for CAMPAGNOLO, COLNAGO, CINELLI, OR 100 LB BARS OF GOLD THAT I'M GIVING AWAY FOR FREE." I love it when people do that...

MTN Bike, Magna NOT VANILLA!

thanks for clarifying...
If you want to stick it to them you can report their listings for that I think - keyword spamming. Metal cd sellers will do that all the time, copying and pasting a list of 100 bands and "for fans of".
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uhh.. there is a difference between a front and rear brake caliper.
you can't install rears on the front because the installing post isn't long enough to go through the width of your fork.
you can install rears on the front with an extra long recessed nut

http://www.loosescrews.com/index.cgi...id=37465758512
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I use a long reach brake for my IRO. AFAIK short reach is ~39-49mm - which seems to be the case for the majority of road calipers, and long reach is ~47-57mm. as far as inexpensive long reach brakes go, i'm currently using the single pull tektro 520A, which can be had for about $12.

i'd love to upgrade it, but i'm not about to drop $40 on a caliper
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uhh.. there is a difference between a front and rear brake caliper.
you can't install rears on the front because the installing post isn't long enough to go through the width of your fork.
glad someone pointed this out because i was about to....
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