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Canti Newbie NEEDS Help(7 posts)

Canti Newbie NEEDS HelpUTE
Jan 27, 2003 5:00 AM
Heres the scoop. I finally finished my Rick Hunter rig and took it for its inaugural trail ride yesterday. I wasn't 15 minutes out into the trail before the brake cables (both front and rear) had pulled themselves through the straddle hangers leaving me 10 steep road miles from home and entirely BRAKELESS!! I'm wondering a couple of things, Am I expecting too much from cantis in terms of stopping power on trails?? Would switching to a grabbier pad in the cold weather lead to better stopping and less need to squeeze the life out of the levers?? I think I already know the answer to this one, but can I use Vee's with my D/A STI's ??? Any help would be great - Thanx
re: Canti Newbie NEEDS Helpadventurefind
Jan 27, 2003 7:18 AM
damn! next time tighten the cables! what brakes are you running? I have a shimano canti/shimano brake lever combo and it works flawlessly.

V's would help if you don't ride in gloppy mud.
I'm runnin' Paul's front and rear...UTE
Jan 27, 2003 7:34 AM
Touring Cantis in the rear and the Neo up front. I assume your recommendation to tighten the cables was a joke. I don't know that I can torque those nuts on the straddle hangers any tighter. I'm wondering if the newness of the pads and really cold temps conspired to keep the pads from really gripping the rims. That would cause me to have to really squeeze the brake levers enough to pull the cable out.
Just the thought...adventurefind
Jan 27, 2003 7:39 AM
...of the straddles slipping scares me. You can experiment with other brake syou might have. If you have a spare set of v's, I can send you a set of travel agents I have in my junk pile, those babys work like a charm.

No, no joke on the slippage. I have done that before...I use the shimanos (and they are the cheepass Shimano cantis on lower end bikes) with Kool Stop canti style brake pads. They do the job just like v's do.
something to checklaffeaux
Jan 27, 2003 11:08 AM
On some straddle cables, the bolt that holds the cable coming from the brake levers has two flat edges. These edges allow the bolt to fit into the hanger in only one direction - thus preventing the bolt from turning during installation. If you do not line up the bolt correctly, you can tighten all you want and the cable from the levers will never be secure. Check to see that the bolt is in fact lined up properly with the hanger.
something to checkatpjunkie
Jan 27, 2003 11:39 AM
yes, cable slippage has nothing to do with how well your brakes 'work'. if your staddle cable is no longer where it was and the cable has moved you have diminished the levers ability to act on the brake. It would be like blaming your cars brake pads when you master cyclinder is out and you have no hydraulics. "I push the pedal to the floor and my car doesn't stop......" not the brakes problem, but the connection to it. really take a look or take to a mechanic, somthing isn't right.
No, you can't use STI's with V's without Travel Agents (nm)SS_MB-7
Jan 27, 2003 8:56 AM