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Old 06-09-19, 01:48 PM
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Modern Canti's for a vintage touring bike - suggestions?

In my experience vintage touring bikes i.e a mid 80s Nishiki Cresta GT or Schwinn Passage, have front canti posts that are spaced in the 75 to 80mm range and are therefore much narrower spacing than on more modern bikes. I tried Tektro 720s on my 86 Schwinn Passage a few years ago and discovered this issue, they were fine in back but would not work up front so I remounted the stock Dia-Compes.

Having just finished setting up the stock Dia-Compe 962 brakes on my Nishiki I got to wondering if there was something a bit more modern and easier to set up/adjust that would work with the narrow canti studs? I have seen Planet X Frogs as an option (thanks @thethinman) but those show up on amazon as "no longer available" and I don't see them elsewhere. So my question has anyone had success with a more modern set of canti's -Tektro,Cane Creek, Avid etc on a vintage tourer and if so which model?

I can live with the Dia-Compes and the tedious set up but am curious if there is another way.

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Originally Posted by ryansu View Post
In my experience vintage touring bikes i.e a mid 80s Nishiki Cresta GT or Schwinn Passage, have front canti posts that are spaced in the 75 to 80mm range and are therefore much narrower spacing than on more modern bikes. I tried Tektro 720s on my 86 Schwinn Passage a few years ago and discovered this issue, they were fine in back but would not work up front so I remounted the stock Dia-Compes.

Having just finished setting up the stock Dia-Compe 962 brakes on my Nishiki I got to wondering if there was something a bit more modern and easier to set up/adjust that would work with the narrow canti studs? I have seen Planet X Frogs as an option (thanks @thethinman) but those show up on amazon as "no longer available" and I don't see them elsewhere. So my question has anyone had success with a more modern set of canti's -Tektro,Cane Creek, Avid etc on a vintage tourer and if so which model?

I can live with the Dia-Compes and the tedious set up but am curious if there is another way.

Thanks



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Consider Dia Compe 988. They are sort of a 90s brake, but they are still made and sold. Should work with your narrow posts. They also have significant up and down adjustment if converting between 700 and 27 is an issue.They may be be easier to set up than 962s for you but I don't know. I've set up so many canti brakes in my life they all kind of blend together.

The Tektro 720 are nice brakes. I have them on my Riv, but yeah, not friendly to vintage post spacing.
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I just put a set of Dia-Compe 980 cantis on an '83 Voyager. Easy to set up and they use modern pads, Rivendell has them currently.
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I just put a set of Dia-Compe 980 cantis on an '83 Voyager. Easy to set up and they use modern pads, Rivendell has them currently.
Thanks I will check those out
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Why they put those posts so close together I'll never know. I had someone send me some NOS MAFAC studs they wanted brazed onto their frame, I talked them out of it, as the miter and position of the stud would make it difficult to get a wheel with anything other than a 25mm wide tire on it pumped up. One of the advantages of centerpull posts is you can put them on forks with fairly narrow fork crowns and still have them swing open enough to get a fat tire through.

Those Tektros are inexpensive, easy to set up, and have all the adjustability one would want. Unfortunately they don't play well with vintage forks.
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