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Calliper Brakes

Calliper Brakes

Calliper brakes are mostly found on road bikes as well as many cyclocross and hybrid bikes. They use a cable to squeeze pads onto the wheel rims, slowing them down. Calliper brakes are sometimes referred to as rim brakes and come in three varieties: road calliper brakes, cantilever brakes, and V-brakes.

Road calliper brakes are lightweight and powerful, connected using a single bolt, with high end options featuring a powerful dual pivot design. Cantilever brakes are often found on cyclocross bikes, and use two bolts to mount the to the frame and forks. V-brakes also use two bolts for mounting and provide a simplified system to cantilevers, and are often found on hybrid bikes. There are also some hydraulic v-brakes and road calliper brakes, when the greatest power is necessary.

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