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Old 10-20-06, 11:00 PM   #1
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NYC MX Brakes (Recommendation) & Crank Length

Hi-I'm jumping into the fixed gear world for winter training--and learning a lot from this forum. Hope to get a Jamis Sputnick soon and plan to add (yeah! I know) brakes. Saw the $5 NYC Bike Drilled Alloy MX Brakes--Orange. Does anyone else use them and are they functional? Thanks in advance.

One more quick question re crank length. On my ride bikes one is set up with 170 , the other with 172.5 (my perfect size falls somewhere in the middle). As the Jamis is not "track geometry" and has a standard height bottom bracket, I was going to go to 167.5 cranks. Is this the way to go?

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Old 10-20-06, 11:52 PM   #2
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they should work fine, at least if you have cable and housing routed properly. as for the crank arm length, i would just go with a length that fits your leg size and not worry too much about bottom bracket height. If you have a really long inseam then you might want to consider something a little small, but even with 175s, pedal strikes arent that much of a deal unless you corner really hard a lot. I have a friend who has huge pedals along with 172.5s and a low bb. he had a bunch of strikes at first, but he just learned his way around it and learned his bike, and he hasnt struck or gone down since.
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I'm going to say that they probably won't work. The reach on those brakes is huge, and the Sputnik has a road fork, which means it doesn't need huge reach. I bet that if you put it on, the pads would nearly hit the spokes. Get a regular dual-pivot brake from your LBS and use that instead of wasting $10 by going to the internet for a product that won't work.

Having shorter cranks helps a lot. I went down to 165's recently, and it is great to not have to swing wide in order to make a sharp right. I'd say 170's at the most.
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