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Extra wide rims, what rims brakes to use (Alex DX32 rims)

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Extra wide rims, what rim brakes to use (Alex DX32 rims)

I have a bike I've built up, with Alex DX32 rims, which are 39mm wide. I currently have the bike set up with some no-name linear pull brakes, I've already moved the spacers to the widest setting, my next option is to turn the spacer down further (in a metal lathe), but that is not my ideal solution. I'd like to find a linear pull brake that can adjust for a wide rim. Cantilevers are a fallback solution. Disk brakes are out of the question. I have a hub brake solution, but I want rim brakes for their power, and the rims have a nice machined sidewall, so I might as well use it.

The current linear pulls are working, but they stick out a lot, as much as some cantilever brakes. The geometry is not ideal.

Do Paul's Motolites have good adjustability for rim width?

Edit: looking closer at the Paul Motolites, it looks like the pad bracket could be reversed, and the the pad spaced out further, it looks like I could make it work. Any other ideas?

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