Sunday, May 6, 2007

Dreaming of brakes...

So one of my hardest decisions I have come across so far is what brakes to go for, the possibilities are endless and range from thrifty to possible bankruptcy. My original plan for the rear was a Triumph conical hub, drilled to look like a Norton Manx hub at a tenth of the price.

As for the front, I have been totally clueless and still am. My first thoughts were a full width Norton hub with a Norton Commando twin leading shoe brake plate, but I went off the thoughts of this because the Commando didn't come about until 1968/9 which makes it a little late for my build specs.

And then I came across a strange company called Disco Volante and discovered what only can be described as cafe racer porn - let me introduce you to the 250 mm Fontana four leading shoe front brake and its little brother, the 210 mm twin leading shoe rear brake. Time to start saving, I think I am in love...
Well, a lad can dream. Think I will put this decision off for a while, maybe I will make my mind up next year - for now, back to the motor and start on the gearbox...

7 comments:

mw said...

why not use a john tickle or tickle replica 2ls for the front it wil drop into your norton straight away and is period correct

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog very closely recently as I am building a manx replica myself. I think I may know of a solution to your front brake problem. feel free to email me at:
cpratt at elmcote.eclipse.co.uk (replacing the at with an @)
i look forward to hearing from you...
colin

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I stumbled across your blog by fortuitous accident. Give me a call when you are ready to talk brakes - I am the man from Discovolantemoto!
thanks
Howard

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Anonymous said...

As soon as I saw that unbelievable four leading shoe brake,I was ready to sell my B31 so that I could buy one,but what's the point of having a beautiful brake without a bike?......so I'll just stick to my 1949 Beezer without brakes!!!
The ultimate fantasy is to have a 45bhp ZB34 motor,(spruced by Phil Irving),and this scrumptious 4 leader,imagine.....GO! STOP! GO! STOP!

Thanks for the amazing info.

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