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Old 11-12-05, 03:10 PM   #1
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Caliper brake on a Burley Cro-Mo fork?

This question actually arises from another thread, but just to get it out there: Can a regular road caliper brake be used on a stock Burley Cro-Mo fork? The bike (our 2005 Tosa) came with V-brakes, but it finally dawned on me that there's a hole drilled at the crown. It sure looks like it could handle a caliper brake. Is there some catch I'm missing? Is there too much clearance in the fork for the caliper to reach the rim?

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1. Carefully measure the vertical distance (in millimeters) between the mounting hole and your rim's breaking surface. That's the amount of brake reach that you need.
2. What does the BACK of the hole look like? Does it look like it might be the right size for the recessed nut that is used on most modern caliper brakes?
3. What do you have against the V-brake?
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It sure looks like it could handle a caliper brake.
Off hand, I've never paid much attention to it. Might I suggest you call Mel or Burley and ask?
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Oh, nothing against the V-brake per se. I've just been toiling over my squealing brakes and in a weak moment when I was contemplating giving up I saw the hole and started wondering. I am a fan of simplicity and aesthetics, though, so a caliper would mean one less adapter and equivalent stopping power from what I've read. So I was curious.

I guess I'll just drop Burley a line... or maybe Mel. It's more of a curiosity thing. I haven't given up on the SD7 yet.

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