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How good are mini-V's? What pads for Carbon rims?(4 posts)

How good are mini-V's? What pads for Carbon rims?Jan Gerrit Klok
Oct 24, 2001 1:17 AM
I am a 84kg racer and I need a lot of confidence in my brakes to be able to get the max out of my racing. I now run Spooky's on one bike and Shorty's on the other.

My problem is the top bike, now with Spooky's on Zipp Carbon rims. I just don't get the stopping power I want, though I still need to upgrade the pads. Anyone have any ideal what pads to use?

And are perhaps Mini-V's an option, using STI's and maybe Frogleg levers? How is the tire clearance, modulation, etc etc?
Mini's are impossible to come by here in Holland. What lenght is the best, 75, 80 or 85mm? Do the mini V's actually accept V-style pads? that would be a big plus...

Thanks for any ideas!!!
my .02...lonefrontranger
Oct 24, 2001 10:18 AM
Before you try switching components, consider this:

Installing the proper "carbon-compatible" pads for the Zipps will do a LOT for you. The regular pads with my Zipps wouldn't stop a road bike in the rain with my 65 kilos on it, much less a 'cross bike in mud with your 84.

If you're still looking, I'll let you know in about a week what I think of the BMX-style vee brakes (I think that's what you mean by "mini"?). I will run one on the rear wheel of my Colnago because it doesn't have a canti stop at the rear.

Good luck!
re: How good are mini-V's? What pads for Carbon rims?the mayor
Oct 24, 2001 11:38 AM
I'm running Aztec and Richtey reds with SRP Mr Grumpys on carbon Zipps and they work fine. But I do clean the pads a lot...they don't like to have crap on them. A quick sanding makes them like new.
re: How good are mini-V's? What pads for Carbon rims?The Walrus
Oct 24, 2001 3:38 PM
I've been running the DiaCompe Mini-Max brakes that came stock on my '00 Redline--the only limitation I've encountered was actually due to the terrible braking surface on the stock Alex rims. Stopping power and modulation are great with the CXPs I'm using now; couldn't say how they'd work with STI, as I'm still using the original matching DiaCompe levers. Couldn't tell you offhand what size they are, but clearance is quite good with the 30c tires on the bike.