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BRAKES...AGAIN(5 posts)

BRAKES...AGAINHENRY K
Feb 10, 2002 9:28 AM
HAS ANYONE EVER HAD ANY EXPERIENCE(GOOD OR BAD) USING V-BRAKES WITH A PULLEY ATTACHMENT TO INCREASE CABLE THROW. THE CANTILEVERS TAKE TOO LONG TO ADJUST.
V-brake with adapter.buffalosorrow
Feb 10, 2002 11:33 AM
yes, I run in the front a avid v-brake with an adapter (to extend cable pull). It still seems to be squishy, compared to the srp grumpy canti on the rear. It is just as hard to figure out the adapter, then to adjust the V brake so that the road lever does not dig into the drop portion of the bar. Also my front wheel is out of true from today, rocks and a flat. The two things I spend the most time on are on this damn disscussion board (learning) and adjusting my brakes.

buffalosorrow
re: BRAKES...AGAINdcm311
Feb 10, 2002 3:59 PM
I have Avid Speedial 7s and like them a lot. It does take quite a bit of tinkering to get them right, but one they're set up there's no finicky adjustment like cantis. I prefer them over regualr cantis, but I like the cx specific ones more (mabey it's just mental).
re: BRAKES...AGAINThe Walrus
Feb 11, 2002 3:07 PM
My VooDoo Wazoo was spec'd with LX V-brakes and Travel Agents; this combination wasn't just disappointing, it was dangerous. The feel at the levers was mushy, stopping power was nearly always inadequate and there were unpredictable occasions when they would grab at the slightest provocation. I replaced this mess with Tektro Mini-Vees, which aren't perfect, but they are a huge improvement. I don't know how long "too long" is with respect to fiddling with cantis, but it's still a better solution than V-brakes...;-)
re: BRAKES...AGAINKenS
Feb 12, 2002 5:40 AM
Recently I bought a bike with V-brakes and Travel Agents. They feel squishy to me and made me very nervous. But you should read the Sheldon Brown articles (www.sheldonbrown.com) on brakes and brake adjustment. His claim is that a well-adjusted brake has a somewhat squishy feel because of the differences in leverage between operation of the brake lever and brake arms. Basically the lever travels a longer distance and this is translated into more power of the arm against the rim. The "right" amount of squishiness is not well specified.

I was interested in the Strange brakes that were mentioned in an earlier post but I have not been able to find a review of them. They look similar in design to the Paul Crosstops 3. The reviews on the Paul brakes (on www.mtbr.com) were negative, but all the comments were related to construction quality. Not much was said about the basic design.

It would seem that whoever can make a brake that will work well with STI-type levers will corner the XC market.