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Old 06-30-08, 02:21 PM
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Fork Brake Mount Too High

My front brake mount on my 61 cm fork (with matching frame) is too high. If I were to use it the way it is, the pads would clinch my tire. Is there some sort of steel S-adaptor or something for this, or should I just get a new brake?
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Old 06-30-08, 02:37 PM
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it be best to get new brakes.
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Old 06-30-08, 07:43 PM
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Old 07-01-08, 03:15 AM
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What size wheels are you using? Did they put in a fork for 27" wheels and gave you a fork for 700c wheels? Is the extra amount you need around 4mm or so?
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Old 07-01-08, 07:25 PM
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Yeah, they're 700Cs, and it does look like there's about 4-5 mm lower. Thanks for the help!
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Have I got a deal for you!

I put up with cheezy long reach single pivot brakes for years for the same reason that modern road calipers are such a short reach just as you've found. But recently I found out that Tektro is either still or once again is making long reach sidepull brakes in a double pivot style. Just put sets of them on my single speed and the old Canondale touring bike that originally both came with 27's.

The numbers you want are Tektro R538 or R556 and you can find the details here.....

http://www.tektro.com/02products/10rb-1.php

As it turned out I have one of each set. The medium reach 538 is on the single speed and the reach was long enough with a millimeter or two to spare. On the Canondale I used the longer armed 556 and the pads are up near the top of the adjustment.

I'm using both calipers with old Shimano 600 and 105 aero brake levers and the feel is truly amazing. HOwever that's with some Koolstop Salmon pads instead of the Tektro pads. I found the Tektro pads were just beginning to gall the rims. Then it got rainy for a few days and the opposite happened. The Tektro pads almost melted like a cheap bar of soap in only two or three days in the rain and grit. Literally they went down to around 1/2 their thickness.

The good news is that both calipers come with some very nice replacable pad holders and the Koolstop inserts fit like a charm.
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Old 07-01-08, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
Have I got a deal for you!

I put up with cheezy long reach single pivot brakes for years for the same reason that modern road calipers are such a short reach just as you've found. But recently I found out that Tektro is either still or once again is making long reach sidepull brakes in a double pivot style. Just put sets of them on my single speed and the old Canondale touring bike that originally both came with 27's.

The numbers you want are Tektro R538 or R556 and you can find the details here.....

http://www.tektro.com/02products/10rb-1.php

As it turned out I have one of each set. The medium reach 538 is on the single speed and the reach was long enough with a millimeter or two to spare. On the Canondale I used the longer armed 556 and the pads are up near the top of the adjustment.

I'm using both calipers with old Shimano 600 and 105 aero brake levers and the feel is truly amazing. HOwever that's with some Koolstop Salmon pads instead of the Tektro pads. I found the Tektro pads were just beginning to gall the rims. Then it got rainy for a few days and the opposite happened. The Tektro pads almost melted like a cheap bar of soap in only two or three days in the rain and grit. Literally they went down to around 1/2 their thickness.

The good news is that both calipers come with some very nice replacable pad holders and the Koolstop inserts fit like a charm.
Correct, tektro makes some nice dual pivots down to at least 69mm+ reach. Just grab a pair of those. Cheap as well $40 a set.
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That is actually what I did. It was $28 for one at my LBS.
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