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Canti or V(9 posts)

Canti or Vpherret
Oct 16, 2003 7:19 AM
I am building up a redline cross. I am stuck between running avid shorty 6's or avid arch rival. I will be using shimano 105 sti shifters. If I run the v's will I need an adapter? And which do you think will be better, the canti's or the V's?

Thanks for the input

re: Canti or VMShaw
Oct 16, 2003 9:41 AM
You're probably going to get arguments for both sides.

My take on this is that running cantis is good for racing cross, but if you're going to ride the bike as a thin-tired mtn bike, then you may wanna run V-brakes.

Yes, you'll need an adaptor to run STI with V-brakes.

I have a mtn bike with V-brakes and my cross bike with cantis. The mtn bike has much stronger brakes, but they're a little more on/off. It takes a more finesse to get the brakes to modulate.

That help?

re: Cantirichpierce
Oct 16, 2003 10:42 AM
canti- simpler to set up with road levers, plenty powerful to lock up skinny tires. It's not like you're trying to lock up a 2.4 knobby.
re: Canti or Vrawket
Oct 16, 2003 1:47 PM
V Brakes sit too close to the rim to be terribly effective in the mud and muck commonly found in cyclocross. If you never encounter these conditions you will probably be fine with the V brakes. Otherwise I would sitck to the Cantis. Low-profile cantis have similar problems only not so severe hence the long arm cantis found on most euro cross bikes.

Hope that helps
re: Canti or Vskateparks
Oct 16, 2003 4:17 PM
Mud clearance- Canti's
Stopping power- depends on tire size. 35's or smaller canti's will lock 'em up in any conditions
Simplicity- Canti's. V's with adapters are not difficult but require a bit more fiddling than cantis. Set 'em and forget 'em.

I love the Shorty series. They just plain work and mine never get any attention whatsoever.

re: Canti or Vatpjunkie
Oct 17, 2003 12:27 AM
cantis for the retrogrouch luddite in all of us
If it pleases the courtskateparks
Oct 17, 2003 5:09 AM
I'll be installing V's on my wife's bike in about an hour...and I'm not a grouch....and I'm too young to be retro.

one advantage to v-brakeslaffeaux
Oct 17, 2003 10:02 AM
One big advantage to v-brakes is inital set up. Pads with threaded posts are about 1 million times easier to install correctly compared to non-threaded posts. That said, some modern cantis come with v-brake pads, making them the best of both worlds.
related question..Jakob
Oct 17, 2003 10:02 AM
has anyone had any success setting up their cantis as Keith Bontrager suggests on his website? his recommendations are based on the the width of an mtb rim and I can't figure out how to adjust the dimension to fit a road rim. I haven't experimented too much with it yet, but I was wondering if anyone else had any luck with his set up.