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V brakes vs canti's: which one do you use?(6 posts)

V brakes vs canti's: which one do you use?jimmygroove590
Aug 19, 2003 1:25 AM
Hey, I was just wondering what kind of brakes you use and the reason behind it. I've noticed that alot of people use canti's, despite V's having alot more stopping power.
re: V brakes vs canti's: which one do you use?Alpedhuez55
Aug 19, 2003 9:11 AM
With v-brakes you need a travel agent so you can get enough pull from the cables. I ran tektro mini-Vs for a while. They stopped great, but required freqient adjustments.

Last year I switched to the Redline brakes. I bought the KoolStop Salmon pads and love them. The stock pads were too hard. These stop great now. The reason I switched to cantis is so I can fit fenders on the bike for commuting. I think the cantis stop just about as well and are easier to maintain.

Mike Y.
re: V brakes vs canti's: which one do you use?atpjunkie
Aug 19, 2003 11:51 AM
Canti's clear more mud, are simpler, lighter and appeal to the Luddite/Traditionalist in most cxers. I think they look better for some reason as well. They stop well enough when set up right. You don't need the super pucker of vees as momentum is important so braking is usually less instantaneous in contrast to MTBing.
re: V brakes vs canti's: which one do you use?HENRY K
Aug 20, 2003 3:38 AM
I have tried many canti's, as well as Vs with a Travel Agent. The Vs stopped great but I worried about the reliability of the Travel Agents hundreds of miles from home. I now use Paul brakes which are great brakes but, the biggest difference in my mind was the Salmon Pads. I think that all of the others that I tried were too hard. I have about 1500 miles on my Cool stop salmons and there is alot left.
V on front, canti on rearPT
Aug 20, 2003 11:55 AM
I use my cross bike for lots of gravel road riding in hilly terrain, and as compared to the more controlled environment of a cross course, I have frequent need for powerful braking.

The V-brake up front can slow me down in a big hurry. I use a travel agent and there is no issue with reliability or functionality. The canti in the back is less powerful but is great for scrubbing off speed on long loose descents. When I put the bike together, I had only one V-brake available and I've grown to be quite fond of the set-up.

I much prefer the easy set-up and powerful nature of V-brakes. I'm apparently not one of those wrenches that can get the same power from a canti by proper set-up. YMMV
Aug 20, 2003 7:12 PM
out of necessity though.

I have a threaded King headset, grip nut model that does not accept a cable hanger. It was easier to install the v-brake and travel agent than to wait for the part to swap out from C King.

Benefits, same. I like the mix. Best of both worlds.