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Old 05-25-21, 09:45 AM
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When did canti post first appear on bikes?

When did they first appear? Were they developed with with mountain bikes?

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I can't speak for road bikes, but I know I've seen a ad for a BMX in the late 70's with them. I'm thinking 78/79 but I could be wrong.

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Way back, probably the French. one side of the other of WWII
Referencing Mafac catalogs or advertisements might help, Mafac may not have been the first, but widely marketed.
During the era of the Concours de Machines, some of the French Constructeurs may have fabricated their own.
I recall one system where the arms slid in a section of square tubing.
So, mtb's were Decades later.
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Cantilever brakes have been affixed to the frame since the 1920's. The method of attachment varied. Jan Heine is probably the only person who knows for sure.
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According to velobase, mafac cantilevers were available in 1946.

VeloBase.com - Component: MAFAC Securite (first version)

I *think* that Resilion may have made the first cantilevers. Their brakes have shown up on these forums once or twice.


That would push the cantilever back to 1929 and the early 30s.

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Cantilever brakes go back to the very late 19th centrury, though I agree that the 1920 Resilion was first popular cantilever brake. The Resilion cantilever brake was available with brazed-on fittings, though these weren't the standarized, male stud that we're familar with to-day. I know those studs were available at least as early as the bicycle boom, though they still weren't the only style. Both MAFAC and CLB were still cataloguing at least one cantilever model that employed a female braze-on. IIRC, the first Dia-Compe cantilevers also used the female style braze-on.
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The bicycle "Data Book" shows examples from the 1940s:
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