Paul Components Neo-Retro Cantilever Brake

Paul Components



The Paul Components Neo-Retro Cantilever Brake is a wide-profile cantilever brake with a design based on the geometry of the famous Mafac Tandem brake. Where the Neo-Retro differs from its classic heritage is in its modern materials and adjustability.

  • Designed to work with road levers and includes crossover cable and carrier
  • Compatible with drop bar levers and short pull mountain bike levers
  • Modeled after the popular Mafac Tandem Cantilever
  • Sealed pivot system with adjustable spring tension and Kool-Stop pads
  • Recommended for standard pull (not linear pull) brake levers
  • Made in USA

The arms of the Neo-Retro are machined from lightweight 6061 aluminum. Their T-shaped cross section prevents the brake from flexing too much under load.

The brake pads mount to slots in the arms that allow for vertical positioning. The toe-in and angle can be fine-tuned thanks to the spherical washers on the brake pad threaded posts.

Paul Components Neo-Retro Cantilever Brake

The long arms give the Neo-Retro lots of mechanical advantage and supreme mud clearance. However, for smaller frames and those with panniers, we will often recommend our narrower Touring Canti brake.

Like all Paul brakes, the Neo-Retro has a sealed pivot mechanism. Rubber seals and a stainless steel bushing keep the brake arms turning smoothly no matter what you’re riding through. The spring tension can be adjusted in both pivots to center the brake and to adjust the strength of the return swing.

The Neo-Retro stands out with its stopping power, high adjustability, low easy maintenance, and classic looks. The brakes come with their pivots pre-greased and with all necessary hardware. The Moon Unit cable carrier is not included.

Paul Components Neo-Retro Cantilever Brake


  • Material: Aluminum
  • Finish: Anodized or Polished
  • Pad Attachment Style: Threaded Post
  • Cable Pull: Short Pull
  • Brake Pads: Salmon Kool Stop Thinline
  • Weight: 100g
  • Additional Information: Download
  • Brake Pivot - Exploded View: Download
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