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Old 02-25-05, 08:29 AM   #1
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avid brakes

considering getting a set of avid cantilevers.
what's the diff. b/en shorty 6 and short 4 besides 15 bucks a brake?
also, can i just use any old el cheapo aero lever say from nashbar w/ said brakes?
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Not much difference, except I think the 6 has cartridge pads. They work well with just about any road brake lever.
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Not much difference, except I think the 6 has cartridge pads. They work well with just about any road brake lever.
This matches what I have read but I have Shorty 4s with cartridge pads on my Marin. I did buy the bike used but it wasn't used much so I am not sure if the pads had been changed over but I would guess no.
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The first response is correct, all the Avid Shorty's (4, 6, 8) use the same forged arms. The 4 uses molded shoes, the 6 and 8 use refillable shoes. They can't be used with linear pull but are fine with any center pull break levers. I'm using the Shorty 4 with Tiagra levers. It's been a very reliable set up...no repairs in two years of commuting.
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The first response is correct, all the Avid Shorty's (4, 6, 8) use the same forged arms. The 4 uses molded shoes, the 6 and 8 use refillable shoes. They can't be used with linear pull but are fine with any center pull break levers. I'm using the Shorty 4 with Tiagra levers. It's been a very reliable set up...no repairs in two years of commuting.

molded shoes vs. refillable shoes.
no familliar w/ molded shoes.
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A molded brake shoe has the brake pad molded to the mounting post (click the small picture for a better view)...
http://store.airbomb.com/ItemDesc.asp?IC=BR1496
...so you replace the entire unit when the break pad wears out.

A cartridge style brake shoe has a reusable post and pad holder...
http://store.airbomb.com/ItemDesc.asp?IC=BR2346
...that lets you replace only the brake pad:
http://store.airbomb.com/ItemDesc.asp?IC=BR2345
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