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Old 07-13-07, 12:01 PM   #1
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Brake preference: center pull or "v" canti?

I've got the center pull Tektros on my Cross Check, but curious about what others use (Shorties, etc.). Also, does anyone make a cross bike with side-pull brake mounts?

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Paul touring canti's. The bees' knees.
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Paul touring canti's. The bees' knees.
Mmmm, nice. Not cheap, either, eh? I do like, tho. I also like the warning on the Neo Retro's: "These are very powerful brakes, and have a tendency to over power thin tubed frames (in any material)". Dang.
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I've got the center pull Tektros
You mean cantilevers.

I prefer the wide, old style, cantilevers. Have a set of Radius on one bike now. They actually work very well for a $40.00 set of brakes. I would like to try a set of Shimano's new BR550 brales though.

Lots of people complain about cantis. I found they take a little longe to set up than V-brakes but work very well. Another advantage is they can be used with brifters and regular road bike brake levers. Travel Agents are not an elegant solution IMO.

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You could also try Campagnolo or Tektro mini-v's. They have a shorter arm, and apparently work with road levers.
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I just installed some Tektro mini- V's on my new Scattante cross frame. They work way better than the canti's I had on there before. Night and day. I am using the Cane Creek brakelevers. I got the brakes new on Ebay for somthing like $26 for the pair.
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