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    Brake Studs on the Chain Stays?

    Other than the obvious issues with chain line and chain slap, are there any reasons why V-brakes on a chain stay wouldn't work. Seems like it would be exactly the same except for chain issues.

    Thanks!

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    My guess is that you could make it work on a single speed. Or 1x system.....but why?
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    A) Why do you want rim brakes?
    B) Why do you want to mount them on the chainstays?

    Plenty of late 80s/early 90s mountain bikes used chainstay mounted u-brakes. BMX bikes still do on occasion. There's really not much reason to do it in the era of linear pull and disc brakes, imo.

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    My buddies and I have a challenge - to buy/build a fat-bike that is trail worthy and the goal is to keep as cheap as possible. Parts I have do not count towards the cost.

    We both started with a Mongoose beast. Its a mess in its stock form. So, to keep costs down, I am doing the rear brakes as V or canti. I have a junky donor frame with brake studs and I already have V and canti brakes. Thats why I want to do post mount brakes. Front brakes will be a BB7 with a 203mm rotor, all stuff I have already.

    The reason for talking about putting them on the chain stay is because I MAY convert it to FS. I have almost all the parts, to do it. The dropout will be solid with the chain stays, and there will be a pivot between the seat stay and the dropout.

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    Re: Brake Studs on the Chain Stays?

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    There really isn't too much mud around here. Sand yes, mud no. My main backup bike has a front disc and rear V and it works pretty good...

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    V-brakes will not work with fat (ie ~3-4") tires. Period. You're going to get tire/cable noodle or tire/arm interference no matter what you do, pretty much.

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    Walt - Thank you very much for the constructive comments! Have you seen or used the "long arm" V-brakes? They are supposedly for bikes with fenders. I was thinking of trying them, even though they may not work.

    Tires are 26x4.0

    Heres a link to the brakes I saw. Only $12

    V-Brake Extra Long BLK Front - Cycles U.S. LLC/Choppers U.S.

    I was thinking I could mount the studs where the brake pads are as close as possible to the stud, this should give me more tire clearance...

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    Are the side walls of the rim capable, that is have a machined face for brake pads, for this application?
    They appear to me to be Disc suitable only. I have only limited info on Fat wheel rims though.

    Eric
    If I don't make an attempt, how will I know if it will work?

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    Several people are using rim brakes without issue on these bikes. So ya, it should be fine...

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    I doubt that even the longer V-brakes will work with fat tires, the tire/noodle interference is severe. Some cantilivers can be setup to work fine with fat tires however.

    The wal-mart fat rims should work fine for rim-braking.

    Brake Studs on the Chain Stays?-img_5808.jpg


    Chainstay mounted brakes accumulate more snow/mud/sand/spray than seatstay brakes.

    If you are even mildly contemplating a modification to add rear suspension, just start with a decent frame (even a non-fat frame). Really no reason to start such a project with such a junky frame.

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