Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Brakes?
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11-19-10, 08:14 PM
I'm getting a Nature Boy frameset this spring and I'm searching for a decnt set of brakes for around 30-40 each wheel (60-80 for the set) and I was wondering about some good brands.
I only want some with the easy adjust washers like what they have on linear brakes
I was considering:
Kore Kross Race+
11-19-10, 09:52 PM
CR720's in the front and IRD CAFAMS for the rear. Make sure you get the 720 in the polished finish to match the CAFAMS.
11-19-10, 10:06 PM
cr720 is a great and inexpensive front brake and just about anything will work fine in the rear (though i wouldn't run a cr720 in the rear 'cause they stick out and just get in the way: pick something with a narrower profile).
Or just forget cantis altogether and use mini-v brakes. The 85mm arm length of the tektro rx-5 seems to be perfect for use with normal road levers. I use mine with campy levers and they work great. The new TRP CX9 mini-v looks better, but cost like four or five times more and I think it's 90 or 95mm arm length is stretching the boundary of what can be used with road levers without using a travel agent. I bet it has to be set up with pads really, really close to the rims.
11-20-10, 12:36 AM
I went with CR720's front and rear with no problems.
11-20-10, 02:28 PM
I was considering getting some v brakes, but I was concerned with mud clearance. I don't currently race but I was looking into going out and doing some and I've heard that they are illegal in UCI sanctioned events.
I wonder, why do you guys suggest the Tektros over the Kores?
11-20-10, 02:34 PM
I've never heard anything about V brakes being illegal and in fact, even disc brakes are now legal in UCI cyclocross races. I'm unfamiliar with the Kore brakes.
11-20-10, 02:52 PM
V brakes are legal but come with challenges. I've never ridden the Kores so I can't speak to them.
11-20-10, 03:20 PM
I must have heard wrong.
Is the mud clearance a big issue?
Like does it prevent braking altogether?
Or slow you down a ton?
Or not really?
11-23-10, 07:22 PM
Leverage is the name of the game, V brakes have a lot,
and as a result cable pulls arm quite a ways
For a smaller amount of shoe motion.
11-28-10, 12:03 PM
I know, but I was wondering if the reduced clearance would be an issue or not really?
11-28-10, 05:33 PM
IMO V-brakes with travel agent gives you a good balance between leverage and mud clearance. Weight penalty for travel agent vs. noodle is 16g IIRC. But really I think there are no hard/fast rules, you have to see what works for you, and honestly you might have to try a couple different setups to get there.
Adam Craig has been running mini-Vs without travel agent and this is what he has to say:
Craig admits, though, that while most privateer racers in wetter climates do have to concern themselves with pad clearance in the mud, he not only often has the luxury of a pit bike but also a support mechanic to take care of both machines.
Even so, he feels it makes more sense to choose your equipment based on the rule rather than the exception, and in many cases - at least in the US - that rule is dry and fast.
11-29-10, 08:48 AM
It really depend on you conditions. If you are in a dry area then it may not be a concern. If you are acing in the Pacific Northwest, then it may be.
All of this being said, cross is a discipline where you have to find what works best for you. There is no "right" part for everyone. This keeps comp manufacturers very happy and my parts bins full.
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