I am currently about 340 pounds, and I am looking to build up my mountain bike frame. It is a nice (but older) NOS steel mountain bike with integrated hangers and cable routing for cantilever brakes. I could use V-Brakes, as I do on my hybrids, but I think it adds to the essence of this particular bike to use cantis... plus I think my brakes on my vintage touring bike need to be improved as well, so will take what I learn from this experience into preparing that bike.
I don't plan to do any extreme mountain biking, mostly just some sedate off-road trails... At my size, I don't expect to climb hills big enough to have a massive downhill run. However, based on my experience with brakes of all sorts at my size, I need to make sure to get it right, or I might as well just Flintstone it.
I am not looking to be period correct, no need to look like a restoration, just nice functional cantilevers on a budget.
Has anyone had good experiences with a particular cantilever brake and/or have any setup advice? Would springing for expensive cantis get me significantly better braking?
Or am I pipe-dreaming, and should just use V-brakes?