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    Center-pull brakes?

    Do these provide any more stopping power than standard caliper brakes? My new bike doesn't have canti studs, so I'm curious if there's any advantage to center-pulls beyond the long reach. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Also consider dual pivot side pull brakes when you lack canti studs. Better stopping power than center pull in my experience. Not everyone agrees. But a useful option I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayessen
    Do these provide any more stopping power than standard caliper brakes? My new bike doesn't have canti studs, so I'm curious if there's any advantage to center-pulls beyond the long reach. Thanks in advance for any help.
    certainly no more power than sidepulls. But they can be made to work very well, On the last frame I built I had some old weinmann 999's that I was just to going to use until I got some long reach dual pivot barkes. I put kool stop salmon supra pads on and they work so well that I have kept the centerpulls on.
    If you are buying brakes the new Tektro dual pivot long reach brakes are damn good and they don't cost much.

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    Alhonga Dual Pivot

    Article about this brake here

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    The Alhonga is certainly appealing, especially at the price, though now that I'm thinking it all through, the lack of any quick release provision may end up being might be a dealbreaker, as I'd like to be able to swap wheels easily, and I'm lazy with the pump. Thanks all for the input. Appreciated.

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    My old touring bike had Gran Compe center-pull brakes with bronze bushings. Very nice old vintage brakes and they stopped my bike on some long loaded decents very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayessen
    The Alhonga is certainly appealing, especially at the price, though now that I'm thinking it all through, the lack of any quick release provision may end up being might be a dealbreaker, as I'd like to be able to swap wheels easily, and I'm lazy with the pump. Thanks all for the input. Appreciated.
    Cane Creek SCR-5 levers have a built-in quick release of their own. Buying a set of levers adds to your cost, but it's an option that could work (if you have drop bars).


    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...0Road%20Brakes

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    If you already have those centre-pull brakes, keep them or install them. Replace the brake pads with modern Kool Stop Salmon pads with threaded posts. They will provide a great improvement over the 20-year-old hard-rubber brake pads.
    Michel Gagnon
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    The center-pulls have no real braking advantage over modern side-pulls. What the center-pulls do have is retro style to burn. I'd keep them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Gagnon
    If you already have those centre-pull brakes, keep them or install them. Replace the brake pads with modern Kool Stop Salmon pads with threaded posts. They will provide a great improvement over the 20-year-old hard-rubber brake pads.
    Having used that exact combo, I will attest to the degree of improvement indicated here.
    I feel more like I do now than when I first got here.

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    centerpulls

    I have them on two 80's vintage bikes and they are great! I use the kool stop pads and stopping power is absolutely fine. Old school Dia Compe levers have the built in quick release that makes wheel change outs easy and fast. Some of the old stuff is better designed for practicality than much of the new stuff. One of my brakesets is the new made long reach centerpull that I used to convert a 27" wheeled frame to a 700c wheel and I get lots of fender/tire clearance with these plus set up is super easy and the pads always pull evenly on each side of the rim. With new, modern and thicker cables these brakes are very solid feeling....plus they look cool and are symmetrical unlike side pulls.
    Last edited by charles vail; 02-05-07 at 01:09 AM.

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    Mafac centrepulls work fine. I think they are at least as good as low-profile cantilevers. They are a little harder to adjust, though.

    V-brakes are MUCH more powerful than either.

    I haven't had much experience with sidepulls other than on test rides, but they seemed much "smoother" than any of the other options above - maybe just the brand-new thing, maybe adjustment, maybe intrinsic to the type of brake.

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