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I've got a Focus light touring bike that i use for commuting. It has Shimano 105 levers and Tektro mini-V brakes. However, the front brake squealed horribly and eventually i gave up adjusting it and bought a long drop (although i had to file out a couple of mm to drop it lower) road calliper.
I was recently involved in a crash that has bent the remaining, rear mini-V, which i am hoping to replace with something similar to the front, only the drop is something like 65mm. What should i do? I know there are a couple of extra long drop callipers out there but should i also be looking at a U brake and/or cantis?
Any help would be most gratefully received  1

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 5 years ago
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Dia Compe do one that'll handle up to 70mm drop:

http://www.ison-distribution.com/english/product.php?part=BCDC806F

they're only £12 a go so you can probably afford to have a punt, i've not used them but have heard they're good value.

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paulbeckett [4 posts] 5 years ago
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Wow. They do look cheap and not particularly robust. But if they work then they're on my list! Thanks for the recommendation.

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 5 years ago
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I've used other dia compe brakes at about the same price and tbh they're fine. the blocks are a bit scratchy but you can just get some better ones when they wear out.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 5 years ago
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Personally, I'd go for cantis.