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Old 10-21-13, 04:39 PM
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Quick V-brake question

The rear V-brake (Tektro) on my husband's mountain bike broke. I am looking to replace it. On eBay is a Tektro brake up for auction, which says "front or rear." Are the front and rear brakes the same? They look the same.
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Old 10-21-13, 04:49 PM
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There's no difference between front and rear v-brakes, check the direction of the pads though, as these should have a directional arrow on them,
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OK, I went to the Tektro site and they say in response to a question about whether front and rear brakes differ: The length of center bolt to mount on fork for front and frame for rear is different.
Also the forward of brake pad is opposited.

So does that mean they are different after all? Or are they just talking about brakes that mount different from v-brakes? Maybe I am confusing things as usual.

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OK, I went to the Tektro site and they say in response to a question about whether front and rear brakes differ: The length of center bolt to mount on fork for front and frame for rear is different.
Also the forward of brake pad is opposited.

So does that mean they are different after all? Or are they just talking about brakes that mount different from v-brakes? Maybe I am confusing things as usual.
Sounds like that question is referencing caliper brakes. They have long bolts up front to go through the fork crown. The rears have much shorter bolts to go through the brake bridge.
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That's for a road double pull, V brakes will be the same.
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OK, I get it now. Thanks!
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On V-brakes the parts are all the same. The reason they have seperate listings for front and rear is so the mechanic will not have to swap the pads while installing brakes.
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Originally Posted by Bezalel View Post
On V-brakes the parts are all the same. The reason they have seperate listings for front and rear is so the mechanic will not have to swap the pads while installing brakes.
Interesting. It ends up confusing us amateurs.
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But then we're not amateurs for long. In a very short time we can express our knowledge with absolute certainty, especially in the areas of diet and health.
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