question about front/rear road calipers...

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by sal bass, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. sal bass

    sal bass Guest

    i recently aquired a set of Nuovo Record calipers in a standard reach
    model.

    but looking at them closely....the caliper itself seems identical save
    for the difference in bolt lengths and which way the pads face.
    assuming the bolts and pads are swapped around....are the calipers
    really identical?

    i looked really closely but can't seem to find any difference between
    the front and rear. this is just something i've always wondered about.
     
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  2. sal bass wrote:
    > i recently aquired a set of Nuovo Record calipers in a standard reach
    > model.
    >
    > but looking at them closely....the caliper itself seems identical save
    > for the difference in bolt lengths and which way the pads face.
    > assuming the bolts and pads are swapped around....are the calipers
    > really identical?
    >
    > i looked really closely but can't seem to find any difference between
    > the front and rear. this is just something i've always wondered about.


    Yes they are really identical, except for the mounting bolts. For my
    fixed gear bike's front brake I used my brother's excess rear brake.
    He only runs a front brake. I just put a new bolt into it. Different
    road caliper brakes front and rear is a fairly recent invention. On
    mountain bikes in the 1980s they occasionally used U brakes on the
    rear, under the chainstays, and a cantilever in front.
     
  3. sal bass

    sal bass Guest

    got it...thanks....


    [email protected] wrote:
    > sal bass wrote:
    > > i recently aquired a set of Nuovo Record calipers in a standard reach
    > > model.
    > >
    > > but looking at them closely....the caliper itself seems identical save
    > > for the difference in bolt lengths and which way the pads face.
    > > assuming the bolts and pads are swapped around....are the calipers
    > > really identical?
    > >
    > > i looked really closely but can't seem to find any difference between
    > > the front and rear. this is just something i've always wondered about.

    >
    > Yes they are really identical, except for the mounting bolts. For my
    > fixed gear bike's front brake I used my brother's excess rear brake.
    > He only runs a front brake. I just put a new bolt into it. Different
    > road caliper brakes front and rear is a fairly recent invention. On
    > mountain bikes in the 1980s they occasionally used U brakes on the
    > rear, under the chainstays, and a cantilever in front.
     
  4. On 1 Mar 2006 06:33:17 -0800, "sal bass" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >but looking at them closely....the caliper itself seems identical save
    >for the difference in bolt lengths and which way the pads face.
    >assuming the bolts and pads are swapped around....are the calipers
    >really identical?


    Yes.

    JT

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  5. sal bass wrote:
    > i recently aquired a set of Nuovo Record calipers in a standard reach
    > model.
    >
    > but looking at them closely....the caliper itself seems identical save
    > for the difference in bolt lengths and which way the pads face.
    > assuming the bolts and pads are swapped around....are the calipers
    > really identical?


    Yes, they are, most road calipers are except for bolt length and pad
    orientation.
    >
    > i looked really closely but can't seem to find any difference between
    > the front and rear. this is just something i've always wondered about.
     
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