first flight bicycles

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  1. Avid Tri-Aligns, front wheel specifically (rear’s were a little shorter for better heal clearance). Best cantilever brakes I’ve ever ridden. Have a set on each of my cross bikes.

  2. Definitely Avid Tri-Aligns. The Tri-Dangle gives it away if the rest doesn’t… I still have some purple tri-dangles on my ‘cross bike.

  3. Definitely Avid Tri-aligns. Notice how the spring adjustment is very similar to the current Avid Ultimate brakes. I had a pair of those years ago and loved them.

  4. I still have a pair of these installed on my 1990 Merlin frame, which I converted to SS. Work nice with Mavic ceramic rims and a pair of blue ano Altek levers. Old skool goodness.

  5. They’re NOT OnZa brakes. I have a bag of those in my ‘bin o stuff’ Some of em are even useable! IOW the pad holders haven’t cracked. VERY easy to set up.

  6. Of course, Avid Tri Align! So beautiful and easy do install!!
    Graftons brake levers were blades with holes and onza did have the same design to rhe brake mount and brake pads.

  7. @sprinting4signs – the Gravity Research Pipe Dreams were squared off on the top and seems to me, I recall they had 1 adjusting screw for the post and one for the pad, not two together like these. The PipeDreams were AWESOME. My bike with them on there was stolen several years back…that’s one of the things I do miss.

What do you think?