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Old 05-09-13, 09:16 PM
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Brake recomendations

Hello. I have a '94 tandem frame and am looking to replace its 1998 center pull cantilever brakes.
As disc is not an option due to the frame not being compatible for it, what type of a brakeset recommendation would you make to be good for this 700cc tandem with 27mm tires?
Stoker is 135# and I'm 165#.
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Magura HS 33 . a/the.. hydraulic rim brake that mounts on V/cantilever bosses. German made.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Magura HS 33 . a/the.. hydraulic rim brake that mounts on V/cantilever bosses. German made.
Thanks. So, do you know if these are readily available and do you any idea what it would cost to get these? Would they be markedly better than Avid's?
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Originally Posted by jerman
Thanks. So, do you know if these are readily available and do you any idea what it would cost to get these? Would they be markedly better than Avid's?
Thanks again
There are several hydraulic rim brake products on the market that can be ordered.

Probably the bigger question is whether you have drop or flat bars, as I don't believe that there are drop-bar lever options for them.

Is there a particular reason you're getting rid of the existing brakes? I just installed a set of Tektro CR720's on my 1991 Cannondale tandem, and I can bring the bike to a dead stop from 20MPH in a little more than the width of a suburban driveway. If you're just not interested in traditional canti's for some reason, there's always the option of mini v-brakes.
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My wife and I have 1989 and 1992 Burley's and have "V" or linear pull brakes on them if you will. Ours are mid level Shimano but newer Tektros would work as well. Roger
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If you have "brifters" and want to use V-brakes (BTW, I recommend Avid SD-7's) you will need "Travel Agents" to get the right cable pull. If you have plain brake levers, they can easily and inexpensively be changed for Tektro RL-520 levers which are directly V-brake compatible.
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Originally Posted by HillRider
If you have "brifters" and want to use V-brakes (BTW, I recommend Avid SD-7's) you will need "Travel Agents" to get the right cable pull. If you have plain brake levers, they can easily and inexpensively be changed for Tektro RL-520 levers which are directly V-brake compatible.
That's certainly the most common and probably the most cost effective option.
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Think the set is about $230 .. Magura USA is in Olney Ill. their Disc Brakes are Popular,
In Europe HS33 are a common brake .. acidfast7 says they are , in Frankfurt at least.

I got a Trekking Bike with them On It. work Great.
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Are you using salmon cool stop pads?
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Originally Posted by mulveyr
There are several hydraulic rim brake products on the market that can be ordered.
Probably the bigger question is whether you have drop or flat bars, as I don't believe that there are drop-bar lever options for them. Is there a particular reason you're getting rid of the existing brakes? I just installed a set of Tektro CR720's on my 1991 Cannondale tandem, and I can bring the bike to a dead stop from 20MPH in a little more than the width of a suburban driveway. If you're just not interested in traditional canti's for some reason, there's always the option of mini v-brakes.
Ditto on the Tektro c720's. They are attractive, stiff, stop well and the hardware is beautiful. Even better if swap in KoolStop combo pads (half salmon, half black). Find the brakes on ebay in a bundle for both front and rear - Often for under $30 (higher priced elsewhere or sold only as singles which drives up cost). A real performer at a bargin price. They will stop as well as original MAFAC tandem canti's, don't stick out as much, and are much better looking. The sets I bought were glossy almond/beige arms with buffed alloy/billet bits. Look good on must color bikes.

Get the shoes with replaceable pads on Amazon. Look for the long ones with dual color pads and threaded posts -- get them here;

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Extra pads there also, get them here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Thanks for the replies. After talking to the mechanic at the bike shop some more, I have a set of top of the line Avid brakes coming in. These are supposed to be used by cyclecross racers and have great stopping power. Never know when may be in the mountains and have a shower break out, so want maximum stopping with wet rims. Sounds like these should do well, hope so for $220.. Thanks again
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