Standard bolt brakes - options

secretsam
secretsam Posts: 5,117
edited May 2014 in Workshop
Hi all

My long running saga to resuscitate my old 531 steelie is near complete, bike is now rideable.

Quick question: bike has old style 'nut' fittings for the brakes, which I've updated for a pair of cheap "Accor" DP units from Condor. If in the future I wanted to upgrade these, could I use a pair of modern DP with Allen key fittings and just replace the bolts with the Accor 'nut' ones?

Thanks in advance

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Comments

  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    You should be able to do this easily enough. I bought a set of Suntour Superbe brakes for my Raleigh - those were allen bolt fitment and therefore too short. I used the front one on the rear (which was a perfect fit) and sourced a new replacement front bolt from ebay for a few quid. Of course, the more modern kit is less likely to be as swappable because that would make life unnecessarily simple!

    Incidentally, you should really look for a pair of Suntour Superbes. They are excellent (you won't find better - a world apart from Weinmanns) and pretty cheap to buy when they turn up. Much better than dps for old 531 frames!
    Faster than a tent.......
  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,117
    Rolf F wrote:
    You should be able to do this easily enough. I bought a set of Suntour Superbe brakes for my Raleigh - those were allen bolt fitment and therefore too short. I used the front one on the rear (which was a perfect fit) and sourced a new replacement front bolt from ebay for a few quid. Of course, the more modern kit is less likely to be as swappable because that would make life unnecessarily simple!

    Incidentally, you should really look for a pair of Suntour Superbes. They are excellent (you won't find better - a world apart from Weinmanns) and pretty cheap to buy when they turn up. Much better than dps for old 531 frames!

    :lol: I've got a set of old Weinmann CP to get rid of!!!! Am more than happy with my super cheap DPs, as - unlike the Weinmanns - they actually work

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • andrew549
    andrew549 Posts: 35
    I've used this http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 0s100p2341 to get modern shimano and tektro brakes to work on old frames.
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    SecretSam wrote:
    :lol: I've got a set of old Weinmann CP to get rid of!!!! Am more than happy with my super cheap DPs, as - unlike the Weinmanns - they actually work

    To be fair, the Weinmann sidepulls certainly do work - but they are very hard to get centred and to get them to stay centred. The Suntours are a class apart from that.

    On the other hand, Weinmann CPs are beautifully sprung, feel great and are made of a particularly soft variety of cheese. Try slowing a bike fitted with one of those on anything above 20%...........
    Faster than a tent.......
  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,117
    andrew549 wrote:
    I've used this http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 0s100p2341 to get modern shimano and tektro brakes to work on old frames.

    Excellent

    Trust Spa to be so practical! I bet they all have beards and sandals :lol:

    It's just a hill. Get over it.