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Old 07-26-14, 07:00 PM
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Diacompe U Brake?

Hey there guys, anyone know where I can get one? What other bikes came out with the Diacompe U Brake? I am struggling to find something over here in NZ.
I do not have an eBay acc, so anywhere else would help.
I could do a straight swap for something I have that you may need?
Thanks all. Paul

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I recently bought an early 1990's GT Tequesta which had traditional cantilevers in the front and Dia Compe U-brakes rear. Don't have the bike any more.
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Shimano also made/makes a U-brake, which should be compatible with the bosses on your frame. My Schwinn mountain bike came with a SunTour RollerCam front (another compatible option, but perhaps not a good choice for under-the-chainstay mounting) and a Shimano U-brake rear, and I have no complaints whatsoever regarding the brakes.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
I recently bought an early 1990's GT Tequesta which had traditional cantilevers in the front and Dia Compe U-brakes rear. Don't have the bike any more.
Thank you for the reply Velocivixen, I must admit to feeling like a bit of a dumbass now as I had not checked Diacompes website to see that in fact yes they are still doing retro looking U Brakes and a whole raft of other stuff . . . which now means I will probably spend money!?
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@ Bicycle Addict - no worries. Nice to know you can get what you're after. Post photos when you've got it done.
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Shimano also made/makes a U-brake, which should be compatible with the bosses on your frame. My Schwinn mountain bike came with a SunTour RollerCam front (another compatible option, but perhaps not a good choice for under-the-chainstay mounting) and a Shimano U-brake rear, and I have no complaints whatsoever regarding the brakes.
I have a Suntour roller cam brake, can it be made to work successfully?

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I have a Suntour roller cam brake, can it be made to work successfully?

Thanks for the replie John E, and Velocivixen, I am sure to post photos during the process
Yes, the Roller Cam and the U-Brake share the same boss location.
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The Golden Boy, Thank you for the responses and the pm.
I am thinking of setting up the roller cam simply to see if it will work cable wise being so close to chain stays into BB area, bike is a 87 Spec Hardrock that I am trying to do a drop bar conversion on ( by the way is anyone is struggling to find BB triple cable guides, Evans cycles in the UK have 'em) I have early Diacompe drop bar levers predating the age of the bike, I may try to find some from the 86-89 era, I will need to research that, out come the Bicycling Magazines!
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@Bicycle Addict - yes, although they don't work the same, both U-brakes & roller cam brakes have their mounting bosses above the rim. You can mount either on those bosses. I've got Suntour Roller cams on my 1986 Fuji Sundance and they stop really well!
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Well . . . the Roller cam brake is on, a fiddly little thing, done now I will just need to adjust when I test ride.
If all is well I will get some Kool Stop eagle claws, bike is being made rideable to see if it works for me frame size, then I will completely disassemble and clear coat it build it back up with new BB etc
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