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What cantilever brakes for 55mm and 75mm Canti boss center distances?

Old 10-02-13, 12:11 PM
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What cantilever brakes for 55mm and 75mm Canti boss center distances?

I'm looking for new or used, current or vintage, Cantilever brakes. The center distances on the cantilever studs are narrow: 55mm on the fork and 75mm on the seat stays. I'll be using a 22.5mm wide rim and 28 to 32 mm wide tires.

I like Tektro CR 720 cantilever brakes, but I'm unsure if these will work with the narrow 55mm stud centers.

What should I use and why.

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The CR 720s are a pretty safe bet, you can always use a narrower pad if you have issues, like the thinline. I know the thin in thinline refers to the height of the bad but they also have a narrow profile and I have used them to get better performance from narrow studs. All that said, you can't really go wrong with a vintage brake since they were all designed around narrower studs. so anything from the 1980s should work.
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I just got an email from Tech Support at Tektro informing me that the CR 720 is not recommended for a 55mm stud center distance. The Kool Stop Thinline is a good idea, and might work. I have this combination on my modern CX bike. I'll probably remove the units I have and see if they can be made to work.

However, I'm still considering alternatives: Any other suggestions for Cantilevers that fit a 55mm stud center distance?
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Can't find the thread, but I'll make an attempt from memory. Sounds like you'll have to use a set of vintage calipers since as you mentioned there's a discrepancy between the boss center distances. Contemporary cantilever brakes are interchangeable as this discrepancy hasn't persisted over the years. Look into what came stock and try to find the same brakes or similar around the time the frame was manufactured.
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Older shimano Altus and such. Had to do this with my Trek 620. Dig through a parts bin at your LBS if they'll let you. With good pads, they work great.
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