Tektro oryx - spent 2 hours carefully seating the housing, picking out the ends until the cable slid inside the housing with absolutely no resistance, aligning the pads (new avid v-brake pads) symmetrically on each side...etc.
I've tried tektro oryx, an older set of shimano's, and even a third set I had laying around (no name).
They still suck - my v-brakes went back on in 2 minutes and have more power already....the oryx had "ok" power, but still not like the v-brakes do. You don't even have to align the pads perfectly and they still work better than cantilevers.
I just can't see using these pieces of crap when they pale in comparison to linear pulls.
Oh, and the lack of easy to use barrel adjusters is stupid too. Having to use in-line adjusters, or introducing sharp bends in the housing at frame stops sucks.
The only reason these things still exist is because their mating with drop bars....that's it. No one would use them otherwise...ok, I'm done.