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Front vs rear v brake

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by smiorgan, 16 Aug 2007.

  1. smiorgan

    smiorgan New Member

    Daft question - some more pricey v brakes or cantis are distinguished as front or rear. So, what's the difference between front and rear? The only thing I can think of is pad orientation for cartridge pads - and surely those can be swapped over if necessary?
     
  2. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    I think is all to do with the angle of your noodle.

    It's the only difference I've found.
     
  3. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Oooh Errr Matron !!!
     
  4. Oldlegs

    Oldlegs Frogs are people too.

    Location:
    Norwich
    The mounting bolt going through the front fork is a lot longer than the rear.
     
  5. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Cheers Oldlegs, even I was wondering.................................................
     
  6. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    The question was about cantis and V brakes. Neither of which have mounting bolts, back or front.

    That just leaves the Noodles.
     
  7. rob_mcp

    rob_mcp New Member

    it is the noodles - the front has a 130 deg arc to allow the uk standard right hand front lever to be connected by a smooth curve of cable wihtout excess bending i.e. the noodle points towards the left side of the bike (looking down on the bike from the saddle) so that the cable can be formed into a neat curve from both the lever and the noodle. On the rear (and if you want your front brake to be on the left lever) this isn't an issue so the noodle is about 90 degrees and the cable pops straight into it. Cheap brakes which don't make this distinction end up with a kinked cable on the front with normal right hand front brake lever. No idea why cantis should be different front and rear though!
     
  8. simon_adams_uk

    simon_adams_uk Über Member

    Location:
    SW London
    ...spare noodles being available quite cheaply thus allowing you to use front on the back and vice versa. I've ended up using a front noodle on the back as it gives better 'cable line' due to a funny cable stop location.

    S
     
  9. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Never knew they were called noodles before, something else to store into the onboard hard disc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!