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)
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.
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
Originally Posted by mr_antares
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.