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Old 05-16-05, 08:28 AM
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U-Brake advice

I have an older GT MTB that uses a U-Brake mounted on the seat stays like a canti. What is a decent U-Brake and about how much to they cost? The bike is going to be a commuter so I want front & rear brakes. Thanks


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By "like a canti", do you mean on top of the seatstays? Because a normal u-brake would be very difficult to set up in that position due to the cable routing (the cable hanger would have to be in front of the seattube, and above the toptube). Try looking for an old Odyssey Pitbull II.
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Old 05-16-05, 09:39 AM
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Exactly, the mounts are on top of the seat stays. It seems that this was a GT staple as far as mounting goes. There is a plastic guide that protects the seat tube from cable chaffing.

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Well, try this: go to the LBS, and grab a pair of Odyssey Evolvers and see if they'll work.
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Do you think you could V-brakes on it? If not just check out www.danscomp.com
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Perhaps you could explain exactly how he'd manage to get v-brakes to work on u-brake mounts?
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Old 05-16-05, 11:28 AM
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Kenny Ga:

Being a road guy I didn't realize that Canti/V-Brakes have the bosses below the rim while U-Brakes have the bosses above the rim. I had the same thought you did. Unfortunately only U-Brakes or Roller Cam will work. It seems that U-Brakes come in very cheap or very expensive versions, nothing inbetween. Thanks for the try though.

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I'd go for OG Dia Compe AD990's, they're fairly cheap and pretty good.
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I just remembered v-brakes have that pin.
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I'd try tektro brakes, they are cheaper than 990's (about $15) and the pads are a lot easier to set-up because they are the threaded instead of cantilever style.
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I haven't seen a set of Tektros that are near the quality of Dia Compe 990s or Odyssey Evolvers. It really is a difference of about 5 bucks more for 990s and 15 bucks(ish) for Evolvers. 20-30 bucks is nothin' to spend on a decent set of u-brakes. Some mt. bike brakes are in the 100s of dollars. wtf!
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I just scored a set of Shimano Deore U-brake rear and front canti off of ebay for $20 shipped. They look to be in real nice shape. It came off a bike of the same era as the GT. I'll let you know how they work when they come in. Thanks

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Now those are some badass u-brakes. I know a guy who's had the same pair on all of his bikes since '95. It's a pity that they stopped making them.
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I've heard nothing but good things about Shimano U-Brakes. I tried to score some of those really funky Campy U-Brakes but the price is out of sight.


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Originally Posted by Beerman
Perhaps you could explain exactly how he'd manage to get v-brakes to work on u-brake mounts?
with a V-brake plate..they sell them in Dans and maybe some other places.....you just put it on over the U-brake mounts and then you can have your v-brakes and skid all you want...the plate is like under $10
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Do you even know how a v-brake plate works? You can't just go and mount it on top of a pair of u-brake bosses.
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u brake and v brake plates are mounted through the little holes on the place where the chain/seatstays meet
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