Re: [CR]Mafac Competitions vs. Racers

From: "Charles T. Young" <>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Mafac Competitions vs. Racers
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 23:23:54 -0400

Sheldon has some good line drawings w/ part numbers as well as stock on some MAFAC bits:

What do folks like as replacement pads for the MAFAC cantilevers? Stopping and frame clearance (w/o hacksawing the pads) are the major factors for me at the moment on a ALAN cross bike build.

Charlie Young
Honeybrook, PA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Elman"
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 10:40 PM
Subject: Re: [CR]Mafac Competitions vs. Racers

> Check out the link below that shows a set of 1st version Mafac Competition
> straddle wires. David - if this is what you have, I'd sure like to purchase
> two sets.
> Re. David's query, "are they better???" Yes, I believe they function better
> due to the more solid pivot bushings resulting in less flex and in my
> experience, less squeal. Are they considerably better, probably not, but
> they are a bit better and certainly less common than the Racer. The finish
> of the early versions is no netter, no worse.
> As mentioned by Phil, I also use LaVipere pads. They pop up on ebay with
> some frequency, stop great and do indeed help to reduce squeal as compared
> to Mafac pads. A little gentle toe-in goes the longest way towards reducing
> or even eliminating squeal.
> Eric Elman
> Somers, CT
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Cowie" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 9:54 PM
> Subject: Re: [CR]Mafac Competitions vs. Racers
> > Hello, Would anyone on the list have a pic or a line drawing of the
> > "impossible to find" Competition straddle wires? Did they come in
> > different lengths?
> > Need to identify a couple box's of straddle wires thought to be Mafac.
> >
> > Thanks, David Cowie
> >
> > Sutherlin , Oregon