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STI Shifters - What Brakes????SUV
May 21, 2002 6:33 AM
I am setting up a cross bike with 105 shifters and was wondering what kind of brakes are needed. Can you use V-brakes with STI shifters, Is there enough action in the shifter for this. What Cantilever brakes are best?
canti's or adaptors, sorry.jw25
May 21, 2002 7:24 AM
STI levers don't really have the cable travel for V's, unless they're the short type, and even then, the feel isn't great.
Your standard cantilevers should work fine, and allow a lot of adjustment via pad placement and straddle cable length.
If you really want V's, you'll need some travel adaptors, but to be honest, canti's should have all the power you need for skinny tires.
what about tektro mini v's?Jakob
May 21, 2002 7:49 AM
are they compatible w/standard levers?

i saw them on sale at some online bmx retailer.
what about tektro mini v's?Alpedhuez55
May 21, 2002 8:09 AM
THese stop great. I am a clydesdale and the stopped on a dime for me. THe stock pads are surisingly good. THey are also cheap. I got them for $15 a wheel. My only gripe is that there is not a lot of tire clearance. I think about a 700x35 is the biggest tire you could use. You can also forget fenders.
Use a wheel to improve cable pull and tire clearance NMJan Gerrit Klok
May 30, 2002 12:16 PM
2nd the tektro mini v's?jrm
May 21, 2002 8:36 AM
Im using um with 105 Sti levers. They stop well on most surfaces. I'm going to try to shorten the brake noodle nipple (end) so i dont have to loosen the cable everytime i have to change a flat. The onle thing that bugs the shlt outta me is that the brakes dont allways center.
do tektro brakes....Jakob
May 21, 2002 8:46 AM
...ever center properly? i had a pair of quartz brakes that were constantly coming out of alignment.
do tektro brakes....Alpedhuez55
May 21, 2002 6:26 PM
They are not the best at staying centered. I think you need to use a lot of pressure on the springs with the road levers. It is not that big a problem though. I would check them before each ride. I would also keep the 2.5 mm allen wrench in the saddle bag. I do like them though. I did swap them off for cantis because I wanted to run fenders for commuting. I will put them back on if I get into shape for racing.
do tektro brakes....atpjunkie
May 21, 2002 7:39 PM
whose selling those (Tektro Minis), I'd like to take a look. I'm assuming you still need a travel agent for them to work.
May 22, 2002 5:55 AM
The horizonal feed of the cable into the brake via noodle is only about 1-1/2"s so the pull of the sti lever doesnt require a travel agent.

You can look a dealer up from their web page or most LBS's that carry BMX stuff will either have um in stock or be able to order them for you. But dont pay more than $15 each.
Not really........jrm
May 22, 2002 5:52 AM
Could maybe use better bushings or constant greasing? maybe...
what are the advantages of mini-vs...weiwentg
May 24, 2002 7:58 AM
over cantis?
Info for Tektro Mini-Vs on sale!Jakob
May 22, 2002 1:52 PM
I saw them here:

They're $16.99 each. I finally got my XT cantis dialed so I think I'm going to stick with 'em.