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Old 06-14-18, 07:52 PM
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Most of the new bikes are putting the rear brake inside of the rear triangle, which I think is superior for several reasons.
  • Braking force throws the wheel up towards the dropout.
  • Protects the brakes to some extent.
  • Much easier for adding racks and other stuff.
I think the issue on the women's bike is, however, that the rear triangle is too small. To get the brake placed inside of the rear triangle, you would have to curve the rear stays, or build a larger rear dropout. Not too big of an issue, but it would mean a complete re-design of the rear-end.
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