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    Rear brakes for Nishiki Alien (All aluminum version [1992])

    Any Alien owners out there who have found a v type brake that works well on the all aluminum Alien? The distance between Alien brake bosses is 12mm wider than standard MTB brake bosses. Shimano XT V brakes do not work; the pads will not reach the rim.

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    So you need to make up 5-6mm each side, or thereabouts?

    The concave and convex washers on each side of the pad bracket, first step is to make sure you've got the thicker pair on the inside (i.e. the pad side as opposed to the nut side). After that, can you space it out a bit more with some washers?

    The cool thing about cantis is you can set the pads to sit inboard of the caliper arm because that pads don't have a threaded post.

    Having said all that. someone might come along with some proper advice.

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    I've not played with XT v-brakes as much as Avids. Avids also have conical washers (and a couple of flat ones) that can be arranged in different configurations to make the mads in or out as needed. In your case, the smallest conical washer would be on the outside of the arm, and everything else would be on the inside.
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    Wide rims and thick pads will help you out here. Also, as mentioned above, make sure your spacers are on the right side and try adding a washer or two if you can. It will depend on your pads' stud length.

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