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    Mini V-Brakes: Campy or Tektro, 80 or 85mm?

    As the thread title says, I'd be interested in feedback on the differences between these brakes:

    Campagnolo Veloce (85mm) - €58
    Campagnolo Mirage (85mm) - €50
    Tektro Mini-V (80mm) - €36

    These are the options I have from this Geman eBay shop, if anyone has other convenient options for a European I'd be happy to hear them.

    I'd be using these with Shimano 105 STI levers. Converting from Shimano Altus cantis which are dreadful.

    What are the issues with 85/80mm - which is better for braking, what are the trade-offs (clearance?) Am I right that 80mm should require less cable pull (and thus work better with STI shifters) but have slightly less clearance?

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    85mm is the proper length for sti's.

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    the 926 is bullsh...
    take tektro rx 5 , stronger springs than campy ,lighter ,cheaper ,85 mm
    cheaper brakepades,
    standard brakepads will fit
    campy has an own standard .


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    Not to threadjack...
    Anyone know when the Tektro RX6 will be released?
    They have 90mm arms and Quick Release.
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    90mm ist too long
    it will cause a bad "pressurepoint"

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    Thanks for that Elmar. So 926 is the Tektro part number for that 80mm, right? Any idea where to find these RX5 that will ship to Ireland; for some reason Germany seems to be the home of mini-V brakes ;-) Do you sell them yourself? I'm sending you an email in case you do for more info.

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    germany is the home of the mini-v ,because i am the mini-v missionary man .
    i hab1000 ridicoulous dicussions wizjh guys who newer rode them ,but wrote.
    now more than 50 % of the riders use mini-v.

    the only disadvantage is less mud clearnace , and a softer pressurepoint.
    i rode 3 seasons now,with 15-20 races /year .
    i never hard to change the bike more often ,than the other guys,in muddy races..
    a very big advantage is that mini-v brakepads fit with nearly every rim ,
    you dont have to change pads ,when changing rims from alloy to carbon .
    they wor in rain and snow much better .
    the pressurepoint can be much better with nokon or jagwire reinforced ones. the ones from shimano for mechanical disc-brakes work ,.too.
    there is absolutely no fork-shutter .
    you save a lot of money ,because even cheap brakepads work .
    you can use avid tuningkits to get a weight to 120 gramm.
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    whats so great about mini-v brakes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzinehaus View Post
    whats so great about mini-v brakes?
    They'll actually stop a bike in a reasonable distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dzinehaus View Post
    whats so great about mini-v brakes?
    brakepads fit with nearly every rim ,

    you dont have to change pads ,when changing rims from alloy to carbon .
    they work in rain and snow much better .
    there is absolutely no fork-shutter .
    you save a lot of money ,because even cheap brakepads work .
    they are cheap

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    I'm dumb. Will mini-vs work on a Cross Check?

    If so - do you recommend any particular ones?

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    They should do, yes, they use the same fitting points as cantilevers so if you have canti bosses they will fit onto the frame/fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elmar Schrauth View Post
    brakepads fit with nearly every rim ,

    you dont have to change pads ,when changing rims from alloy to carbon .
    they work in rain and snow much better .
    there is absolutely no fork-shutter .
    you save a lot of money ,because even cheap brakepads work .
    they are cheap
    I use cantilever on the front, long reach caliper on the back.
    I dont understand why you would not have to change pads when changing rims from alloy to carbon. I though carbon rims need special pads.

    I can understand they work better for rain/snow because the seem to have a higher pull potential with the arms being lower/closer to the pads.

    I don't understand how it will fit nearly every rim, don't you still have to adjust the pad angle in or out to make contact with the rim properly?
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    all pads work on all rims ,that we use
    i use 5 different alloy , 3 different carbon rims
    they dont squeeze .
    in cyclocross rims dont become hot , perhaps thats the reason .

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