Thursday, March 7, 2013

Soma Triple Cross Brake Reach

If you're not a serious bike nerd you may want to take a pass on this one. If you are, then listen up.

Now that we have the new Triple Cross stainless frames in stock we pulled one out and threw an IRD B76 caliper on it and voila! It works.


The pads are at the very bottom of the slot, so other brakes like the Tektro R559 which have a shorter reach probably won't work for this trick. Now before the disc brake mafia get's up in arms about stopping power, we know okay! You'll get better stopping with a disc brake than a super long caliper. But somtimes there are situations where you have all the parts from another non disc build and you want to get it finished and this trick will make it all come together. IRD sell this brake singly so no need to buy an extra if you only need the rear.


The brake bridge even takes a recessed brake bolt, so no need to worry about using a nutted caliper.



FYI, if you like this setup, but you want a little more stopping power the new Dia Compe 750 recessed centerpull brake should also work if you use a cable hanger mounted to the seatpost binder.

12 comments:

F. Brian Hidy said...

Just because I'm sure I'm not the only one confused, what's the deal here? Is it that the frame isn't intended for rim brakes, it's disc specific? You don't mention this anywhere, the only cryptic reference I could use is the Triple Cross frame which isn't listed on your store site yet... I had to make the assumption that the new frame doesn't have the canti mounts.

Evan Baird said...

We'll have an official page up for it soon. You can find more pictures of the triple cross in our NAHBS post.

Evan Baird said...

Here's a link to a picture from the KVA booth. http://www.flickr.com/photos/therubbishbin/8511316011/



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Anonymous said...

Why would one purchase a frame with disc tabs only to use road calipers? Make a gravel grinder frameset with clearance for wide 700Cs and fenders and without a double top tube already!

Evan Baird said...

@Anon We hear you! We've got something neat in the pipeline. FYI, 76mm reach brakes are definitely not "road" calipers.

Anonymous said...

Those long reach sidepulls work better than discs anyway. Unless you're fat. Braking power has only become a recent problem with the increase in average weight of the general population. Anyone who needs disc brakes is disgusting.

Anonymous said...

Lol @ all disc brake users being fat.
How dare we ride in wet weather!

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Andre said...

What's an IRD B76 brake? Your webstore only show a B75 model, and only in black, not silver as in the photos above. (A google search doesn't help either.) Anyway, aren't these just rebranded Tektros, perhaps with the slots filed out a bit on the lower end?

Evan Baird said...

@ Andre The B75 is now out of production, and the B76 is replacing it. We have some of the original B75s in stock, but this is the last batch. The design of the new calipers is closer to the IRD B57s than the Tektros. The Rivendell Silver brakes are made by Tektro, but the reach on those is a bit less.



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