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Category:  Brakes
Name:  MAFAC Tiger
Brand:  MAFAC
Model:  Tiger
Years:  1960 - ?
Country:  France
Added By: nprenet on 11/10/07
Updated By: peterbman on 03/12/15
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Design Category Center PullCable Adjuster
Quick Release NoAttachment Bolt TypeExterior Nut
Cable Attachment BoltStraddle Cable - Double EndedFront of Arm Markings"Tiger" Mafac Dural forgé
Back of Arm MarkingsReach CategoryLong Reach
Min ReachMax Reach
General Information
The Mafac "Tiger" has been launched on the 46. Salon du cycle de Paris which took place in October of 1960. (see Le Cycliste Sep./Oct. 1960)


"Mafac’s major innovation was the introduction of the Tiger brake in the late 1950’s (first available in Britain in 1960). The arms were set further apart to provide increased leverage (giving a squarer profile) and the straddle cable was re-designed. This became double-ended with a tiny nipple at one end and a tab at the other for release. This now meant the straddle length was fixed, a step backwards because the mechanical advantage could not be altered, and also if not lubricated carefully the nipple would corrode into the brake arm holder.  The lower end of the spring now fitted in the stirrup arms rather than as before against the brake shoe holder.   The brake shoes could not be moved up or down, only angled, which dramatically reduced the drop range. Mafac compensated for this by elongating the frame clamp bolt hole to give 10mm of vertical movement."

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MAFAC, or Manufacture Auvergnoise de Freins et Accessoires pour Cycles, was a French manufacturer of bicycle brakes, tool kits, and racks. MAFAC was founded in post-war France under the name "Securite" which was changed to MAFAC in the fall of 1947. Initially MAFAC manufactured cantilever brakes, brake levers, and tool kits. Later MAFAC brakes were of a center-pull design where a cross cable links the two arms of the brake, which is actuated by pulling from the center of this cable. MAFAC's rubber brake hoods, originating in the late 1940's, had built-in adjusters, allowing a rider to adjust the brakes while riding. Additionally the center-pull brakes were of a design that allowed them to clear fenders, front rack mounts, handle bar mount bags, and large tires. This versatility made MAFAC brakes one of the most popular models from the late 1950's through the 1970's. The ability to clear larger diameter tires also led to the use of MAFAC brakes on many of the earliest mountain bikes, including one of the first package-built mountain bikes, the 1982 Specialized Stumpjumper. The center-pulls were solid brakes and were well made, but were relatively inexpensive. This put MAFAC in the enviable position their components being specified on everything from the highest end race bikes to run of the mill bikes. The lack of exclusivity in the brand, however, may have contributed to MAFAC's disappearance in the 1980's.

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