Replacing cantilever with caliper brakes, rim clearance?



soloist

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I want to replace the Avid Shorty 4 cantilevers on my cyclocross commuter with road calipers. I have Mavic T221 wheels with a 21mm rim and use a 700x32 tire. I couldn't find information on the web about caliper and rim/tire compatibility. I don't want to invest in a narrower wheelset, but probably would find the money if it's necessary.
Can road calipers fit a rim and tire that wide?
Are there sites/posts that cover this, or a manual that thoroughly covers brake repair?
 

boudreaux

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soloist said:
I want to replace the Avid Shorty 4 cantilevers on my cyclocross commuter with road calipers. I have Mavic T221 wheels with a 21mm rim and use a 700x32 tire. I couldn't find information on the web about caliper and rim/tire compatibility. I don't want to invest in a narrower wheelset, but probably would find the money if it's necessary.
Can road calipers fit a rim and tire that wide?
Are there sites/posts that cover this, or a manual that thoroughly covers brake repair?
Is your fork and rear brake bridge even drrlled for calipers? www.rivbike.com offes some calipers that will handle wider tires.Check with them.
 

soloist

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The mounting holes are there, the front holds a bolt that secures the cable stop for the brake cable running to the cantilever yoke. The back one isn't used for anything. Thanks, I'll check the website.