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Old 03-26-23, 08:57 AM
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Cantilever upgrade for Miyata 1000?

I finally scored a nice '85 Miyata 1000 last summer and am now in the process of refitting it. That includes an upgrade from the original brakes, which no longer look too good. But I'm a bit in the dark about modern cantilever brakes, which I heard were designed for the wider canti post spacing on today's bikes. If that's the case, what are my options? One brake that caught my eye is the Tektro CR510, which was recently discontinued but is still available. Has anyone refit a vintage touring bike with a modern canti? I'm not interested in V-brakes. Thanks for any input.
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Old 03-26-23, 10:27 AM
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You should be fine with that swap, v-brakes would require new levers
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Old 03-26-23, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Fuji1986 View Post
I finally scored a nice '85 Miyata 1000 last summer and am now in the process of refitting it. That includes an upgrade from the original brakes, which no longer look too good. But I'm a bit in the dark about modern cantilever brakes, which I heard were designed for the wider canti post spacing on today's bikes. If that's the case, what are my options? One brake that caught my eye is the Tektro CR510, which was recently discontinued but is still available. Has anyone refit a vintage touring bike with a modern canti? I'm not interested in V-brakes. Thanks for any input.
I think too much is made of the post spacing of old bikes and using new cantilevers on them. The width may have changed but Im reasonably certain that they changed before the age of your bike. I had a 83 Miyata 610 from 1983 to 2003. I changed cantilevers on it a few times over that time period and never had any issues with width or fitting the brakes to the bike. The larger problem was going from a 27 wheel (630mm bead seat diameter) to a 700C (622 BSD). The 4mm difference is often difficult to adapt for on more modern brakes.
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I don't see why there would be any issue. You're swapping one older brand of canti for a new canti brand and model. I've got an older Miyata frame (it was stripped to bare metal early but my memory tells me it's a 1000) and I just checked and the posts are spaced at 78mm. And my MUCH newer Soma Double Cross has the canti posts at the same spacing. So unless you're going to covert from 27's to 700c there won't be an issue.... well.... other than the new blinding shiny....
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I just installed a set of dia compe 980's and they look right to me.

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