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'Nother brake question.(12 posts)

'Nother brake question.Allroads
Jan 20, 2003 9:53 AM
How many are actually running V brakes? After getting used to their power and learning how to control it are there any drawbacks? I never got the mud clearance thing it clearance from the top of the tire to the crosswire or pad to rim clearance that is the concern? I used to run XT cantis and had to adjust the pads pretty close to the rim in order to have decent stopping power with standard Shimano levers.


re: 'Nother brake question.jhr
Jan 20, 2003 11:09 AM
I ran XT v-brakes on a cross bike with the Alloy Accents Travel Agents, for about a year. Ultimate stopping power was good althought the brakes felt a little mushy. I stop using them because they had to be run very close to the rim. Any time I got any mud at all on the bike the brakes started dragging (ie mud on the brake pads and/or the rim created brake rub). Not to mention they had little or know margin for error if you biffed a wheel during a race (or ride). I can run my cantilevers (redline radius's) a lot looser, without too much loss of stopping power and a much bigger margin for mud and other contingencies.

You do see a few people at races running V-brakes, and I have certainly been smoked by dudes with V-brakes (also been smoked by mountain bikes, single speeds, cruisers, bmxers, old ladies, etc.).

Jan 20, 2003 2:42 PM
How do you like them? I have considered Paul's or Spooky's but the cost is high. The infamous Avid squeal has turned me away from those.

Jan 20, 2003 4:18 PM
They are pretty good. You have to dump the stock pads as they suck (this drives up there overall cost). They are very adjustable. You can run them a long way from the rim and still not feel like the lever is going to bottom out. I like them better than the avids (the squeal is bad, and I don't like how close you have to set them to the rim) and Shimano. I have not tried the Paul's, Spooky's or Froglegs, but have only heard good things about them. The Spooky carbon's definitely have the Euro-pro bad ass look.

Jan 20, 2003 5:29 PM
I have the Spooky's (non Carbon) and love them. tons of clearance and great pucker power (plus they got that old school swank). Love my vees on my MTB, they just look weird (to me) on cx bikes (MO no offense) out of proportion. Anyhow a pal of mine is selling some Spooky's (no pads) new in bag for about half price, I bought the other set and am considering these but am posting in case someone NEEDS them as I really only want them.
Jan 20, 2003 6:37 PM
How much give or take?
Jan 20, 2003 6:49 PM
Almost can email me directly with the particulars for the Spooky's. I am at

re: 'Nother brake question.Alpedhuez55
Jan 20, 2003 12:52 PM
I used the Tectro Mini Vs for a while. I thought they were pretty good. The stopping power was great. It is a good option if you are not running fenders. You do not need an extra adapter for them either. My biggest problem was they would often need a little tweeking and adjustment after every few rides. Just a quick turn ot an allan wrench though, nothing major.

Mike Y.
I'm using V's...SS_MB-7
Jan 20, 2003 1:10 PM
As shown below, I'm using V's on my singlespeed cross bike. Because it is a singlespeed, I don't need to worry about shifters. This allows me to use a set of Dia-Compe 287V levers, which are V-brake compatible levers. Of course, if your frame has downtube shifters, you're OK. Or, you could use bar-end shifters.

I raced with them the entire season and never had a problem with them despite some nasty mud and snow and ice. In the later races (Nov/Dec), the races had a combination of mud, snow and ice. Thank goodness for Eggbeaters and singlespeed in these conditions.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Have you had any problem with rim clearance?Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 20, 2003 1:41 PM
I also ride and race singlespeed with 287 V's and V-brakes. I've noticed that while I have more oomph in stopping power, I've got much less clearance between pad and rim when the brake is not activated. It has been a problem.

Just curious to know your impressions.

So far, no problems (nm)SS_MB-7
Jan 20, 2003 2:26 PM
Rim clearance.Allroads
Jan 20, 2003 2:39 PM
I used to have some XT cantis with Shimano non-STI levers and had to run the pads real close to the rim for any decent braking and the levers were being pulled most of the way to the bar. Mountain bikes used V's (many still do) for years and I don't recall ever reading any commentary about mud clearance issues over on MTBR.