Will Shimano 105 calipers fit around my mudguards?

by paulbeckett   October 14, 2009  

I've got short arm Tektro Mini V brakes on my commuter and the front one in particular is a real pain to keep adjusting so that it actually stops me and doesn't squeal. I've got Shimano 105 levers and i am thinking of fitting a 105 caliper to the front. However, i've got mudguards on. They're pretty low profile but i'm worried that they might foul the caliper.
Does anyone know what the clearance is like with these brakes?

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that's very much a 'depends' - without seeing the bike it's hard to say, and there's the drop to the rim as well as the clearance around the guard to consider. Suck it and see, I say: unscrew the mini vs but keep the cable plugged in, ziptie or tape them to the bars and then try fitting the callipers. If they fit then you can re-cable, you can always file away a bit of the guard if the drop to the rim is okay. If they don't it's just a case of screwing the Vs back in, and looking for some long-drops...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7783 posts]
14th October 2009 - 16:25

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So there are forks out there with fittings for both V-brakes and calliper brakes?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1424 posts]
15th October 2009 - 10:42


yeah, some, although they're not that common. didn't really consider that to be honest, just assumed that fitting either was an option Nerd

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7783 posts]
15th October 2009 - 11:01