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7.) The brakes

EntunassaEntunassa wrote 04/07/2021 at 18:15 • 2 min read • Like

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Brake levers, front- and rear brakes originate also from the DONATOR mentioned above.

MAFAC "RACER" brakes from DONATOR cycle

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Used brake levers from DONATOR cycle


The brakes are very nice french MAFAC central-pull brakes, but they don't match to the rims. Their arms are way too short. Did I mention the word 'issue'?

A funny solution might be a drop bolt (refer to Drop Bolt), but I assume the worst. What´s more, the frame does not offer cable stops for these types of brakes. To make it short, I have ordered a new pair of vintage style Dia Compe MX1000 side-pull brakes. Side-pull brakes do not need frame-linked cable stops.

Front brake and hefty headlight (original part)

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Rear brake

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Special old fashioned cable guides mounted on the top tube


To install the brake cable housing I need special cable guides. They came together with the cable stop. It looks waay better than ordinary cable zippers.

Result: It fits, it looks good, it works.

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