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Compass Centerpull Brakes for Bolt-On Mounting


Mount Compass Centerpull Brakes on a bike without braze-ons! We combine brand-new Compass arms and hardware with a refurbished and polished Mafac Raid backing plate.

Your fork crown and seatstay bridge must be drilled with holes for brake mounting. If your frame has recessed brake holes, you can either use the supplied bolt and nut, or you can modify the bolts and use recessed nuts.

Of course, the backing plates add some weight and flex, so it’s not the ultimate solution. If you are thinking about repainting your frame anyhow, just have a framebuilder add the braze-ons and use our standard centerpulls. That is what Steve Frey did on his “hot-rodded” Trek, which we featured in the Winter 2016 Bicycle Quarterly. Or add braze-ons to the fork (as well as rack-mounting eyelets) and use a bolt-on brake on the rear, where you don’t need that much braking power.

Each brake comes with all required hardware, straddle cable hanger, and Kool-Stop salmon-colored brake pads. Includes one set of standard and one set of angled washers to set toe-in. Ships with standard brake bolts only. Rack-mounting bolts available separately.

Sold individually, choice of front (long bolt) or rear (short bolt).

Made in Taiwan, France and USA. 10 year warranty.

Note: Please allow a few extra days for assembly and shipping of these brakes.

Limited Availability!


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Centerpull brakes locate the pivot close to the brake shoes, which minimizes flex and maximizes brake power and feel/modulation. The Compass centerpull brakes use forged arms and custom-made hardware to provide the ultimate in strength and light weight. The leverage of the arms is optimized to provide superior braking power, yet the pads have plenty of clearance in case your wheel goes out of true.

These brakes are mounted to backing plates for frames without centerpull braze-ons. These brakes do not fit on posts for cantilever brakes.

Sold individually, choice of front or rear.

Also available for braze-on mounting (without backing plate) in standard and Rinko versions.

  • Optimized for 42 mm wide tires and full fender clearance
  • Backing plates for mounting on bikes without braze-ons
  • Reach: 65 - 80 mm
  • Weights:
    • Front with backing plate and pads: 218 g
    • Rear with backing plate and pads: 220 g
  • Click for downloadable instructions for installing our centerpull brakes
  • Made in Taiwan, France and USA
  • 10 year warranty

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