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Old 05-13-07, 12:21 AM
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How are short reach brakes different from long reach?

I head that roadbikes in the pre-1980s commonly used long reach brakes vs. short reach? Whats the difference in appearance/function?
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Long reach brakes allow fatter tires (up to 35-40mm on some bikes) and/or fenders.
Short reach brakes are stiffer and generally have better performance, but you are forced to use 25mm or narrower tires and special short fenders like SKS Race Blade.
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The distance between the center bolt and the center of the brake pad is longer for long reach brakes. If you use a short reach brake, you may not be able to lower the pads low enough to touch the rim.
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Originally Posted by mozgj
Long reach brakes allow fatter tires (up to 35-40mm on some bikes) and/or fenders.
Short reach brakes are stiffer and generally have better performance, but you are forced to use 25mm or narrower tires and special short fenders like SKS Race Blade.
Thanks for the good info. So if I use old skool 27" x 1 1/4" wide tires, long reach are the only way to go?

Is Dia-Compe the main manufacturer for the long reach brakes?
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Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
Thanks for the good info. So if I use old skool 27" x 1 1/4" wide tires, long reach are the only way to go?

Is Dia-Compe the main manufacturer for the long reach brakes?
Well, I've seen and worked with Campagnolo long reach but probably pretty hard to find these days. Did you mean is Dia-Compe the only one today making long reach brakes? I don't know the answer to that. Are you looking for "new" brakes?
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You can find lots of good info here: http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ra-e.html#reach

If you're unsure about what kind of brakes you need, you should measure the reach you need first and only then go looking for brakes to fit your particular situation. Tektro and others still make very long reach brakes if you need them. Another option if you can't find long reach brakes or don't want to use them is to use a drop bolt.
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Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
Thanks for the good info. So if I use old skool 27" x 1 1/4" wide tires, long reach are the only way to go?
Is Dia-Compe the main manufacturer for the long reach brakes?
The type of brakes that you may install depends on your frame and rim diameter. You can't install long reach brakes on a frame that's designed for short reach and vice versa (unless you use contraptions like those http://sheldonbrown.com/home-drop.html ).

If you want modern long reach (or very long reach) brakes, you should take a look at stuff Tektro makes.
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Some bikes have a mix of long and short brakes on the same frame. Measuring is the only way to tell what you actually need, and they may not be the same front & rear.
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Originally Posted by Iowegian
You can find lots of good info here: http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ra-e.html#reach

If you're unsure about what kind of brakes you need, you should measure the reach you need first and only then go looking for brakes to fit your particular situation. Tektro and others still make very long reach brakes if you need them. Another option if you can't find long reach brakes or don't want to use them is to use a drop bolt.
Thanks! Very helpful info
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