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Shimano xt cantis(4 posts)

Shimano xt cantissnuz
Jan 15, 2004 3:38 PM
Thinking about getting some Shimano xt cantis-new old stock. I've heard good things about them, sick of my noisy avids. Any experience with them.
XT cantis are goodThe Walrus
Jan 15, 2004 6:13 PM
...but won't necessarily cure the squealing. I have XTs on one Wazoo and LXs on another, and they both have been known to get loud. Whatever you do, use something other than the stock Shimano pads. A lot of people are fond of the salmon Kool Stops.

The setup is also more finicky than with the Avids, but not insurmountable; the idea is to position them so they have a higher profile, so there's more mechanical advantage as with the Avids or Paul's, etc. To do that, I wound up running the pads as far in toward the rim as possible, with the canti arms rotated outward. I get good power with this setup, and they
i are
usually less squeal-prone than the Shorties.
XT cantis are okdamon
Jan 18, 2004 1:13 AM
Walrus' picture is an excellent illustration why you should try to look around for a set of high-pro cantis (at least for the front). Having all that brake post hanging out there makes your brakes more prone to squealing, and makes setup more finiky. Obviously, it can be done and works reasonably well (i've done exactly the same thing). However, if you havn't bought the brakes yet, you might want to look around for a more suitable set. Typically these will be brakes from the early 90's, late 80's if you are looking at used ones...

Good luck,
re: Shimano xt cantiscross bro
Jan 23, 2004 5:29 AM
They are fine, if set up correctly, but then do not have the mud clearance of some others.
As a cross racer I found the lack of mud clearance a problem in typical UK cross conditions. I bought a pair of Frog Legs, and used them on the front of each of my cross bikes kept the XT's for the rear. I like this set up.