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Mini Vs - what's the verdict?(7 posts)

Mini Vs - what's the verdict?MrT
Aug 15, 2002 7:42 AM
I'm strongly considering a set of Tektro Mini Vs and was hoping for some feedback. Over the past year or so I've noticed an increasing number of you seem to be using (or at least thinking of using) these. I ride a small frame, and direct brake cable routing is certainly appealing.

What I'd like to know: what brake or brake/shift levers are you using, how much rim clearance do you have side-side. Any gotchas or other unforseen problems? Are they mushy once the stock pads have been replaced?

Thanks in advance.
re: Mini Vs - what's the verdict?JohnG
Aug 15, 2002 9:48 AM
I'm using late model Campy Record ergo levers, Velocity aerohead rims, and mini-V's with stock pads.

At first they were a bit grabby but after a very short "break-in" period seem to work just fine for my 150# ass. IMHO, these little guys have very good modulation and braking power.

re: Mini Vs - what's the verdict?Jan Gerrit Klok
Aug 15, 2002 11:53 AM
Did you manage to set yours up with good mud clearance? Mine (Ultegra STI/19mm rim) is quite mushy and hard to get set up right. At the best lever feels, the the cable cannot easily be unhooked to allow a wheelchange, just too tight. I wish STI's had more cable pull, or allowed us to adjust it.
Mud clearance was only an issue in one or 2 races for me last winter, but I want to have a brake setup that works everywhere. I tried that first Tektro V up front of my spare bike, because on the race bike, the carbon rims just won't be gripped by any canti pads that I have tried up till now. Still looking for tips on that one.
Here's your tip JanOffRoadTourer
Aug 16, 2002 2:55 AM
Paul cantilever brakes use V brake pads. By using your favourite V brake pads on cantilevers designed to work with your levers you should have problem solved. Go to for a look.
I'm running Paul with STI...Wheelz
Aug 16, 2002 3:02 PM
...and I can't get the breaking power I'm looking for. These are the Neo Retro breaks, but I can't even lock up my rear wheel. The Touring Canti, may work better. I run the Moto Lites on my Mtn bike, and they are the best V out there. I really wish I could run them with drop levers.

mud......... we ain't got no stinking mud hereJohnG
Aug 16, 2002 7:09 AM
Yeah, I've got mine set up for 'clean' conditions.

Aug 19, 2002 5:22 AM
A Mini V came on the rear of a Kelly that I just bought and it was a POS. It could have been a lemon, or damaged by the prior owner, but I just could not get it to work.

So...installed a spare set of XT V's (fr and rr) that I had left over after dropping Hope Mini's on my FS bike. A little mushy, but they work (will lock up too). They need new pads regardless and possibly Travel Agents to get a little more pull.

I defer to those that have worked with the Mini V's that came new in the box as to performance.