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What's about Reverse Pull brakes?

Old 02-12-17, 11:56 AM
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What's about Reverse Pull brakes?

Reading a Dia-Compe catalog (aka porn for bike lovers) I discovered something I have never noticed before: Reverse Pull caliper brakes.

Why would someone use reverse pull brakes instead of "normal pull" ones? Is there an advantage?
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Old 02-12-17, 12:06 PM
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Some of the Mixte bikes use them.

Brake cable follows the low top tube, then loops up to the seat stays and connects to the brakes from the bottom side.
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Old 02-12-17, 12:24 PM
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Almost all womens bikes use them and I have a mens 1953 Schwinn 3 speed that also came with them. Roger
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They are also used on some recumbent bikes that route the cable housing from the bottom of the frame and then go upward.
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I believe they are only for more convenient cable routing.
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
I believe they are only for more convenient cable routing.
You mean like this?

http://www.bikeforums.net/19304931-post13745.html


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Old 02-13-17, 10:32 AM
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Here's an example of a reverse-pull caliper on a mixte.

Putting a standard-pull caliper on the upper stays would require some less-than-ideal cable routing gymnastics. A reverse-pull caliper, on the other hand, allows you to run the cable down the top tube(s) and middle stays, out of the way, with a simple loop back up to the caliper.
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Old 02-13-17, 10:44 AM
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True Mixte bikes often put the brakes on the middle set of stays, especially if using center pull brakes.

But other step through frames may not have the luxury.
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Originally Posted by SkyDog75 View Post
Here's an example of a reverse-pull caliper on a mixte.

Putting a standard-pull caliper on the upper stays would require some less-than-ideal cable routing gymnastics. A reverse-pull caliper, on the other hand, allows you to run the cable down the top tube(s) and middle stays, out of the way, with a simple loop back up to the caliper.
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Old 02-16-17, 06:49 AM
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True Mixte bikes often put the brakes on the middle set of stays, especially if using center pull brakes.
Maybe for centerpulls, but it seems that putting a sidepull there would leave it vulnerable to being snagged by the rider's foot.

In my (recumbent) world, a short wheelbase recumbent will have a boom that extends over the front wheel, usually close enough that it interferes with the cable in turns, and sometimes even hits the arm of a standard caliper. Reverse pull calipers are a great solution there.
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Old 02-16-17, 07:05 AM
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Also used for the rear brake on Bromptons.
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It's often trivial to convert a standard-pull caliper into a reverse pull caliper simply by swapping the mounting locations of the cable hardware. Weinmann, Dia-Compe, and similar clones are good candidates for this.
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