Bikerumor Monday Mystery Pic

Photo from the collection of Jeff Archer of First Flight Bicycles. If you think you know what this is, post your answer in the ‘comments’ section– the correct answer will be posted there on Tuesday!

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sean - 11/26/12 - 7:22am

Grafton cantis….

Vittorio - 11/26/12 - 7:38am

Grafton sure

jud - 11/26/12 - 7:45am

grafton canti brakes from john grafton.

Miami - 11/26/12 - 8:16am

Grafton Speed Controller Canti’s. I wonder which came first, these or the Paul’s Stoplight canti’s?

Your Face - 11/26/12 - 9:18am

1946 Campy joystick shifters as used by the great Eddie Merckx.

Jeff - 11/26/12 - 9:36am

Grafton’s, I still have a purple pair.

monroe - 11/26/12 - 10:10am

im sure these are left over parts from the first generation flux capacitor either that or grafton cantis like everyone else said

LP - 11/26/12 - 10:18am

Grafton canti! Tomac had those on his Raleigh Titanium/Carbon bike with the Tioga Disk Drive rear wheel in the 90’s. Blast from the past!

Chris 68 - 11/26/12 - 10:29am

Of course Grafton. Worst (and prohibitive) brake I ever riden. Great break power just for 2 rides, then you had to readjust. Racing DH WC at Kaprun/Austria in early 90s friends heard me braking three miles away 😉 scary fast!

Chris 68 - 11/26/12 - 10:41am

2. comment:
These are rebuilt Graftons. Originals did have a rectangular brake pad holder. Easier maintenance shown on the picture above. I rebuilt mine with first gen XTR replaceable brake pads.

kurti_sc - 11/26/12 - 12:54pm

I think Chris 68 is right. I was thinking Grafton’s but knew something wasn’t quite right with the pad post holder. When are you gonna post some Gravity Research brakes? Those were the best of that era / type.

Sevo - 11/26/12 - 3:35pm

Grafton brakes. I had a set….fantastic brakes (but you have to be able to wrench on your own bike, not for newbies). Loved mine and still have a shirt.

Chris 68-You are right and wrong, yes original version came with the L bracket but they would later be available exclusively in this configuration.

Miami-Grafton was the first with IRD to follow. Paul didn’t come right away, but hey…he’s the only one left :)

Technically, WTB was making their own brakes CNC style long before anyone.

Ryan - 11/26/12 - 5:58pm

campy bottom bracket

huelse - 11/27/12 - 6:05am

This is the original version of the Grafton Speed controllers that showed up in 1988. It used shimano XT brake block mounting hardware. The “L”-bracket version came later, 1990 or 1991.

Kristibee - 11/27/12 - 7:16am

Answer from Jeff at First Flight Bicycles: “Grafton Speed Controller Brake”

Jay d J - 11/27/12 - 1:15pm

Curve Brakes! So 1994, and so good when combined with their straddle and a DKG Gorilla Brake Booster…

Rodrigo Catelli - 11/29/12 - 8:50am

Grafton of course

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