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old XTR cantis or v-brakes?(9 posts)

old XTR cantis or v-brakes?anaerobic Max
Oct 5, 2003 11:27 AM
ok, so i've decided which frame to get. now i wonder whether these old school XTR cantis will provide enough braking power or whether i should get light&cheap deore Vs.

re: old XTR cantis or v-brakes?matt friedman
Oct 5, 2003 4:11 PM
you won't be able to run the v's with standard road levers without a travel agent. the xtr cantis, on the other hand, should work quite well, and will weigh less. get some kool stop brake pads to make the cantis happy.
re: old XTR cantis or v-brakes?flyweight
Oct 6, 2003 10:07 AM
Stopping power is as much a function of tire size as it is braking power. Problem with V's on cross bikes is that they have more power than the smaller contact patch of a cross bike can handle which means the bike tends to skid more easily. V brakes work better on MTBs because they have a much larger contact patch with the ground. Stick with cantis.
Either will workTWD
Oct 6, 2003 11:43 AM
Either set will work. Which one is better for you depends a lot on what conditions you subject them too.

I have run V's with travel agents and XTR cantis on my CX rig, and have swapped back and forth several times.

The travel agents are a pain to set up, but if you do it properly, they work quite well, and don't feel mushy. There are two versions out there. One with a barrell adjuster and one without. The ones without the adjuster are worthless, unlesss you are are running inline adjusters. You need to compensate for pad wear.

Comparing the Vs to the canti's, depending on setup, the Vs will give you more stopping power, but less modulation. If you are a light rider (say 145 lbs), the V's may have too much power and tend to lock up really easily. If you are heavier (say 205 lbs), the modulation and power become more appropriate.

Another consideration is wet weather. I find that once it gets wet (I mean constant downpour and standing water on the trail)the canti's loose most of their power. The V's tend to fare a little better in these conditions.
don't need XTRrichpierce
Oct 6, 2003 4:12 PM
Most any cantis will work well, as well as XTR but they won't have the same sex appeal or last forever. Many are as light as old skool XTR.
Yeah but......TWD
Oct 6, 2003 5:16 PM
I had a nice polished set of XTR cantis AND a set of virtually identical black LX cantis in my parts bin.

Needless to say, I went with the XTR cantis. They do work the same though.

I may put the LX ones on my wife's CX rig to get rid of the Avid Squealers she's using now.
I just switched....xcmntgeek
Oct 8, 2003 6:23 AM
from canti's to a pair of XTR v-brakes (w/ the travel converters) I didn't find them that hard to set up, odd for me cause I'm not the best at turning a wrench. I really like them a lot compared to the canti's. More power and better modulation, plus they're easier to keep tuned up. If you can afford the v-brakes, go with them.
well, we'll see...anaerobic Max
Oct 8, 2003 8:59 AM
i think i will stick with the XTR cantis and then maybe switch to Vs

thanks for your posts!
re: old XTR cantis or v-brakes?Ash
Oct 10, 2003 12:12 PM
Don't rule out the Tektro mini-v's either. Some people have had good success with them.