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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 10-11-06, 07:58 PM   #1
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Wide Profile Cantilevers

For those who race in New England, do you find it worth the decrease in stopping power to have the extra mud clearance offered by wider profile brakes? And just how poorly do they stop anyway? Sheldon Brown seems to think that they are awful. Lastly, the only affordable examples are the "Radius" brakes. Yes, Paul's are out... waaayyyy out. I can't seem to find much info on these (manufacturer, reviews, etc.). Is there anyone out there running these with some opinions on their performance?
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Old 10-11-06, 09:29 PM   #2
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I ride Paul Neo Retros on my Poprad and I've got no complaints. No worse in terms of braking power than any Avids I've ever ridden, for what that's worth.
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How are they as far as setup? Do you find that they squeal any more/less than Avids?
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I have Radius which are wide profile and YES they do brake really poorly. I haven't really tested them with a lot of mud though. Set up is as easy as others and they don't squeek.
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Old 10-14-06, 09:19 PM   #5
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Its apples vs. oranges. Canti brakes just work way different than modern double pivot road brakes, its more about modulation than brute-strength.
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