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Old 01-25-15, 03:51 PM
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Brake reach problem

I am building up a 1983 Motobecane Super Mirage frame and fork.

Brakes are being a challenge as the front needs 62mm reach, back is 55mm.

Tektro makes the 559 which has the reach but is for wide tires/rims, I am using nominal 19.5mm wide (700c) rims.

I would like to avoid using centerpulls for the added hardware that must hang from the seatpost bolt and head top bearing area and because newer dual-pivots probably work better.

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 01-25-15, 05:02 PM
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Why do you consider the 559 unsuitable? Appearance? Functionality? So what if they say they are for wider rims/tires. They should still work.
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I agree with CV-6. The long arms will clear big tires but I haven't seen anything suggesting that they are designed for wide rims. If you ask me, all brakes are designed for wide rims.
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i used the 539/559 combination on a couple 700c conversions where i could use the shorter caliper on the front, and the longer model on the rear. they don't look exactly period correct, but they do perform wonderfully.

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Thank you for the comments. I have ordered the Tektro 539 rear and 559 front.
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