Cyclocross - Mix and match Paul's brakes. Thoughts?
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10-20-06, 01:04 PM
I went on my first really sloppy training ride a couple days ago. My brakes/wheels were hopelessly clogged with mud rather quickly. The weather here is starting to turn poor, as we are getting a good bit of rain regularly, and I am worrying about my upcoming cross races and the mud. I currently have some Cane Creek cross brakes on my bike. They have decent stopping power and thankfully don't squeal like I've heard some of the Avid's do. But, they are of the lower profile design and as I found out.... pack up with mud VERY easy. So, I'm considering getting some longer travel cantis. The Paul Neo Retro seem to be popular and look to be of high quality. My question is, woudl it be acceptable to run a regular Neo Retro brake in the front one of their Touring Canti models in the rear? and does the touring canti have as much mud clearance as the regular Neo-Retro? The Neo Retro seems to stick out quite a bit, and I'm concerned about catching my legs on them during mounts/dismounts. Is this even really a problem?
I have the Neo-Retro / Touring setup on my Gunnar. It works very well. I do notice a difference in feel between the two brakes. I still haven't mastered the feel of the touring brakes, they tend to lock-up, probably just an issue of getting the right feel. The Neo Retros are fantastic brakes, but I don't have any experience with them in deep mud, they were installed only a few weeks ago. I upgraded from Tektro Oryx brakes. The Paul's brakes are definitely more powerful and do not squeal like the Avids.
10-20-06, 02:33 PM
I have that set up - retro in the front and touring in the rear. works great with the spooky straddle carriers.
10-20-06, 07:32 PM
Neos up front and touring in the rear. Two bikes worth. They work great. :D
I had some 4ZA brakes before the Pauls. I caught my leg only once, but it took a good 5 minutes to figure out how I was tangled up and that the brake shoe had move under the rim.
Thae Pauls are much more simple to setup, and the touring in the rear eliminates a leg snag.
10-20-06, 08:51 PM
I have Neo Retros on the front and touring on the rear on both my bikes. Works great.
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