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POLL: What brakes do you use?(18 posts)

POLL: What brakes do you use?gregg
Nov 14, 2002 11:56 AM
I'm not sure whether to upgrade my Cross-Check brakes to Avid Shorty 6's or Dia-Compe levers and V's.

What brakes do you run?


um, XT cantilevers. nmweiwentg
Nov 14, 2002 12:16 PM
re: POLL: What brakes do you use?1x1 Speed Craig
Nov 14, 2002 12:45 PM
I don't run the brakes I mentioned below (I still have the stock cantis on my Cross-check), but I have seen Spooky and Paul Neo-Retro cantilever brakes on some "high-end" 'cross bikes. Looks like WAY more stopping power than a standard canti.

You can see the Spooky brakes here (bottom left photo).

Anyone running either of the brakes I mentioned?

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Nov 14, 2002 1:57 PM
Yeah, I have Paul's Neo-Retros on my bike. I don't have enough miles on them to give a full review, but they do have good power.

There's so many factors in the brake system - callipers, pads, levers, rims, cross-over cable heights, etc., that it's hard telling which single piece is making the system work well.
Nov 14, 2002 4:00 PM
I had the Spooky's on my bike for a season but didn't like them very much. You couldn't adjust them properly and there was way too much spring tension on them. (so much tension that I had a hard time reading how much brake I was feeding into the wheels)Now using old Avid Tri-Align 2's.
Thanks for the feedback (nm)1x1 Speed Craig
Nov 14, 2002 5:23 PM
avid shorty 6 with dura-ace like a charm!(nm)merckx56
Nov 14, 2002 2:01 PM
re: POLL: What brakes do you use?TWD
Nov 14, 2002 2:07 PM
Hmmm, lets see,

CX bike came with Avid Shorty 6s. Didn't have enough stopping power and squealed like a pig, especially in the wet, which is about all I ride in.

Replaced with cheap low end shimano Vs and travel agents(had them laying around in the parts bin)which had much more power.

Switched the back brake to a low profile XTR cantilever I also had in the parts bin. Very smooth and well modulated with nearly acceptable power in the dry, near worthless in the wet.

I will likely switch back to the v-brake in the rear for the winter.

Now, the important question.....what brake would I like to use??????

1st choice would be a set of avid mechanical discs (let the traditionalists bawk....but I can't think of a better brake for my weight, riding style, terrain, and riding conditions). Wouldn't be worth converting, would have to be a whole new bike.

2nd choice would be to steal the Magura HS-66 hydraulic rim brakes off my road tandem. Don't want to give up my STI levers, although if they break, I'd probably do it in a heartbeat.
re: POLL: What brakes do you use?dontnomuch
Nov 14, 2002 3:36 PM
I'm running Mr. Grumpy's with 105 (I think) brake levers-my cross bike is a singlespeed. They modulate really nicely. They don't have a ton of power, which works fine in a race where you just want to slow down, not come to screeching stop.

I had some old Dia-Compe 986s on the bike before switching to the SRPs and they were great...pretty low profile, great stopping power. I may have them laying around someplace if anyone's interested.....
SRP Mr. grumpys and campy leversbuffalosorrow
Nov 14, 2002 3:47 PM
Avid Tri-Align 2'smorati
Nov 14, 2002 3:53 PM
Why? Cause of the infinite adjustability including spring tension.
XTR V's with Dia-Compe 287V levers....powerful, quiet and fairly well modulated (nm)SS_MB-7
Nov 14, 2002 4:23 PM
re: modified Radiusrichpierce
Nov 14, 2002 5:31 PM
I bought Radius brake (you can find them cheap at and modified by filing the "hook" that captures the straddle cable end (made the hook shorter). That way you can set them up with the right amount of rim clearance and still remove the straddle cable easily when changing the wheels. Stock condition requires some gymnastics with straddle cable geometry for easy wheel change. These brakes feel good with road levers and will lock em up for me from the hoods easy enough.
re: POLL: What brakes do you use?mackgoo
Nov 15, 2002 5:36 AM
Record OR.
XTR canti's but am considering switching to V brakesgreg n
Nov 15, 2002 6:39 AM
Avid Shorty TiSteve_O
Nov 15, 2002 7:31 AM
Just like the standard Avids but with Ti hardware. Lots of pad squeal (do a search on this forum and you'll find lots of posts about Avids and brake squeal).

They are light and I got a good price but I would probably go with something else if I had to do it again.
re: LX V'sjrm
Nov 15, 2002 12:19 PM
They work so well...
XT V with Travel Agent and STI LeversKenS
Nov 17, 2002 1:25 PM
They work fine but feel odd because the cable pull is longer than most brake systems.