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Compass René Herse Cantilever Brake

Pre-Order the Compass Cantilever brakes. Delivery is usually around 10-14 days.

The lightest brake available today, weighing just 75 g per wheel (with pad holders, but without pads, which vary as they wear). The secret behind the light weight lies in the minimalist design and ultra-high specification. The forged arms are thin without giving up strength. Post-style pad holders allow small adjustments in pad height without the need for bulky slots and heavy bolts. Carefully equalized springs eliminate the need for adjustment screws.

To mount the brake pads, we offer two options:

  • 1. Direct mounting without washers, with ultralight aluminum nuts for the eyebolts. To adjust the toe-in, bend the arms slightly.
  • 2. Washers that set the toe-in, with thinner steel nuts for the eyebolts. To adjust toe-in, swap between straight and 2.5º angled washers to compensate for the alignment of your frame’s cantilever bosses.
  • Both methods of adjusting toe-in have the advantage of being permanent: You adjust the toe-in once, and then you can change the brake pads without having to adjust toe-in ever again.

Use the René Herse cantilever brakes with modern ‘aero’ or with classic ‘non-aero’ brake levers.

Each brake comes with all hardware, a straddle cable hanger, and Kool-Stop salmon-colored brake pads. Please select:

  • standard brake bolts or bolts for a front rack
  • steel or titanium eyebolts
  • direct-mount pads or washers for toe-in

 Note: To work with the ultralight design of these brakes, the height of your frame’s cantilever posts must be within standard tolerances. (Your current brake’s pads should be roughly in the middle of the slots.) If the pads of your current brakes are at the top or bottom of the slots, the René Herse brakes may not fit on your frame.

Sold as set for one wheel, to give you a maximum of flexibility when spec’ing your bike. Made in Taiwan and USA. 10 year warranty.

Free worldwide shipping for the René Herse brakes.

René Herse® is a trademark of Compass Cycles.

Free UK Shipping over £20

Tracked 48hr service. Free European shipping on orders over £50

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