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Replacement cantilever brakes for '89 Schwinn Voyageur?

Old 01-25-19, 07:14 PM
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Replacement cantilever brakes for '89 Schwinn Voyageur?

A question to go along with the soft-compound brake question.

After 30 years my ancient OEM Dia Comp cantis could prob'ly be replaced.

Anyone got any suggestions?

This bike gets ridden a lot, I don't mine spending to get good stuff.


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If you have the funds, you can't go wrong with Pauls canti's but if you're looking for the best value for the buck, I would suggest Shimano BR CX50 (or CX70 if you can find them)
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What's the post c-c dimension? Some cantis work OK with narrow spacing. Most newer ones like wide spacing. And the rim width too. Andy
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the tektro whatevers I have on my 2010 bike at least have adjustment screws on both sides, making setup and adjustment easier than my 1990 bike that had who knows what that only had a screw on the one side.

as Andrew mentions, there are technical considerations to take into account, but my take on it is that middle of the road, reasonably priced ones will be sufficient for your needs--properly set up and with softer pads.
I can take a look at what is on my 2010 Tricross, but I suspect spending 5 times as much for some fancy ones isn't really necessary and won't give you 5 times the braking power by any means.

just looked at my bike and cant see any model name, but one other design improvement is that they use cartridge pad holders. First of all the pad length is longer, and its fairly easy to put in new pads, remove the little cotter pin, slide out old pad, slide in new pad and reinsert cotter pin.

Im sure andrew will have more detailed recommendations, and the reality of your frame dimension stuff vs newer systems (of which I know diddly squat).
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did a quick web search, all I can see is that mine are "tektro wide" and "tektro narrow"

the narrow ones are on the back, I presume not to interfere with panniers and such.
and I assume the wide up front are to have more leveraging power.

I suspect one can find this level of cantis in the 50-75 dollar range easily.
Yes, a disc setup does brake very well and I'm sold on them , having done a number of fully loaded trips using "old" mechanical discs in very mountainous terrain, but I am also totally realistic that a properly setup canti works fine too, just have to ride within the limits, as with any braking system.
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On my bike with a narrow post spread I have used Mafac cantilevers and those who followed their design..., of the current offerings , Shimano CX Cantilevers would adapt.. by ..

changing the thickness of those spacers using, say, a number of V brake pad mounting combination washers..
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