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Old 09-26-09, 07:46 PM   #1
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Brake Options for Commuter build

I'm thinking about my next commuter bike, which will probably be based on a cross frame. I see lots of commuters builds with barcons, but I have 105 STI shifters on my road bike, and I love them.

What are my brake options? I know I can use cantis, but I worry about stopping power (I'm a big guy, and I go up and down some steep hills on the way to work). I might be able to use a front disc (I already have a good rear wheel that I want to transplant, and it is set up for rim brakes)

Any other ideas? Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-26-09, 08:19 PM   #2
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How about long reach double pivot sidepulls? V-brakes with Travel Agents are another possibility. Properly set up Cantis can be quite powerful too.
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Old 09-26-09, 08:40 PM   #3
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I need to be able to run both winter tires (e.g. Nokian W106s) and full fenders for winter commuting, so I think that any sort of caliper brake is probably out. One of the drawbacks of my current hybrid is that with fenders, there is enough clearance for a 32 mm tire, but not much more.

I have V-brakes on the hybrid: they work, but I'm not thrilled with them. I seem to spend a lot of time adjusting them to get rid of squeals, etc.

I've heard of travel agents, but I'm not really familiar with how they work.

I do see people with a number of people with cantis, so that may be the route I end up going.
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I've heard of travel agents, but I'm not really familiar with how they work..
Travel Agents are a double pulley device that changes the cable pull ratio between the brake lever and the brake itself. They allow road brake levers/brifters to work properly with V-brakes and some mechanical disc brakes.

However, there are disc brakes designed for use with regular road levers so you might want to consider these too.
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Cantilevers are my favorite caliper brakes. I just built up a Surly Cross Check with inexpensive Shimano cantilever brakes. They're wonderful.
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