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Newbie question - cantilever/ V brakes(8 posts)

Newbie question - cantilever/ V brakesWriConsult
Jan 30, 2002 1:47 PM
OK, I'm new to this forum so this topic may have been addressed before. Seems a lot of people aren't big fans of the cantilever brakes on their CX rides...

A couple months ago I bought a Bianchi Volpe, which I use for road rides and commuting. I'm not doing any cyclocross racing and it's not technically a CX bike, but I thought you guys could help answer a question about the cantilever brakes that came on it. I love the bike, but the brakes just don't seem very powerful, and the modulation is lousy. As a result I don't have much confidence commuting with it in traffic, especially on hills and/or when it's wet (which is about half the time in an Oregon winter).

I recently converted my 10-year-old mountain bike from cantilevers to V brakes - an easy upgrade and the improvement was nothing short of astonishing. Could I do this on my Bianchi too? I realize most road levers don't pull enough cable to work V brakes, but Sheldon Brown sells one that does. Of course I'd have to give up STI shifting, but for decent braking I'd at least consider it.

Anyone done this? Worth the upgrade? Bad idea?

- Dan
there needs to be a brake ffaq!!!nm
Jan 30, 2002 3:52 PM
here is a good detailed link regarding brakes.buffalosorrow
Jan 30, 2002 5:03 PM

Strange brakes the solution?buffalosorrow
Jan 30, 2002 5:30 PM

Has any one used these. I am quite interested. Interested enough to buy a pair.

go for itd
Jan 30, 2002 7:13 PM
save me $190
wow, thanksWriConsult
Jan 31, 2002 10:22 AM
Wow, thanks for the info. That'll get me started. Should've known the information dirt road would lead straight back to that cycling god, Sheldon Brown.

I'll try futzing around to see if I can get my Avids to work better. If not, the Paul Touring Canti sounds intriguing (though expensive). Anyone used them?

- Dan
wow, thanksflyweight
Feb 1, 2002 9:43 AM
Paul Touring cantis work great. Of course it's better if you can find some old XT/XTR/LX cantis and save yourself a bunch of $$$.
re: Newbie question - cantilever/ V brakestayo
Jan 31, 2002 10:26 AM
It would probably be worthwhile if you're really okay with giving up STI. The issue (imo) with V's vs. canti's on CX bikes is mud clearance. V's don't have nearly as much clearance (or adjustablity) to deal with muddy conditions as canti's. Most CX riders expect mud at some point so prefer canti's at the expense of some braking power (although some will point out that canti's are just as strong if setup properly - that's a big 'IF' for some people).