This bike will take the Paul's 'Racer medium' braze-on center pull brakes. They have serious stopping power and are made in Calif.
This isn't a dainty feather-light frame.....it is made from some stout True Temper OX tubes to take the beating of urban and fire road riding.
The brake boss placement is really high for the racer brakes so no other brake will be usable on this frame and fork. It should not be a problem as these brakes are built to last a really long time and all the small parts are available separately form the manufacturer-a real plus.