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Old 11-04-13, 07:07 PM
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Grand Cru long reach brakes with fenders?

Hi All,
Looking for some advice on these brakes:
http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...ch-brakes.html

I am building up a touring bike, and will be using some 45 mm fenders with 32mm 700c tires. No canti posts, so it's either double pivot or centre pulls.

Anyway, I was looking at the grand cru, and I think they look really nice, and I've read some reviews that they fit around 45mm fenders, but I'm looking for real life testimonials that they really fit - like no interference with the fenders, and no fiddly crimping required.

Does anyone actually have these brakes installed with fenders? If so, how do they work?

Thanks!
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Old 11-05-13, 08:20 AM
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No experience with velo orange brakes but I used Tektro 539 brakes with 700 wheels and 45mm fenders and have plenty of reach. I thing the 539s are actually medium reach. Tektro make even longer ones.

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Share the space the frame leaves above the tire, and what the distance is

between the mounting hole and the rim at brake track.
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Thanks for the replies. The frame has yet to be built, so no measurements available yet! : )

I was more worried about the width of the caliper than the height which, if advertising copy it to be believed, should be adequate. I will design the fork so that the blades are the right length, but I can do less about the way the fender interacts with the brake.

From the photos attached, it looks like the fit of the tektros is close at the sides...
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Pauls Racers May be a better clearance with mudguard's fit,

that center pull can be fitted to frame as braze on pivot-bosses (or center Bolt)

the leverage is greater too.. cable pulls arm up on opposite side , pivot-fulcrum
and the pad moves in..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Pauls Racers May be a better clearance with mudguard's fit,

that center pull can be fitted to frame as braze on pivot-bosses (or center Bolt)

the leverage is greater too.. cable pulls arm up on opposite side , pivot-fulcrum
and the pad moves in..
Hmmm, thanks, I was looking at that option too. Significant jump in cost to consider...OK, time to look at the family budget...
Cheers,
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Originally Posted by engo View Post
Thanks for the replies. The frame has yet to be built, so no measurements available yet! : )

I was more worried about the width of the caliper than the height which, if advertising copy it to be believed, should be adequate. I will design the fork so that the blades are the right length, but I can do less about the way the fender interacts with the brake.

From the photos attached, it looks like the fit of the tektros is close at the sides...
The fenders may be close but there is no interference with the calipers. If the fenders are too wide you can use a dremel tool to grind them down slightly in the area of the calipers. I have done this on another bike with perfect results.
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My advice is to get the best long or mid-reach brakes that you can afford. I had one bike with long-reach brakes and was never satisfied with the stopping power, even after adding Kool-Stop pads. Long-reach brakes do not stop nearly as well as short-reach calipers or cantilever brakes, in my experience, and braking power is very important on a touring bike.
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