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    Cantilever Brake Suggestions?

    I am looking to replace the Tektro Oryx cantis on my Cross Check. Does anyone have suggestions on a good cantilever brake for this application? Right now I am leaning towards the Shimano 550, but I'd love to know if anyone's found a better one.

    I probably will not go with Avid Shortys - they are strong and I like their aesthetics, but I had them on a Kona a couple of years ago and I could never get them to stop squealing.

    Let me know if you have any suggestions. Also I'm curious if I would get measurably better performance from using a straddle cable with a wide carrier instead of using a link wire set-up.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    For the avid shortys if you were running the stock pads they have a history of squealing problems. In my experience it is good to experiment with different toe settings that include flat and even reverse toe. I have no idea why reverse to and no toe even work on brakes but I have got some to stop squealing using both of these methods.

    Also, I have run shorty 4s for a while and have never been especially pleased with their stopping power and am planning on getting some Tektro CR720s for the front.

    good luck braking it up

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    For what it's worth I just built up a bike using Shorty 6's; I've got the fronts toed in quite a bit and the rears flat. They stop like crazy and don't squeal at all.

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    kool stop pads, any flavor, are my suggestion

    my stock avid pads lasted about a month.
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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. My Tektros have V-brake style cartridge pads, so I might just get some Koolstop inserts for them and see how that works. Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonestr View Post
    For the avid shortys if you were running the stock pads they have a history of squealing problems. In my experience it is good to experiment with different toe settings that include flat and even reverse toe. I have no idea why reverse to and no toe even work on brakes but I have got some to stop squealing using both of these methods.

    Also, I have run shorty 4s for a while and have never been especially pleased with their stopping power and am planning on getting some Tektro CR720s for the front.

    good luck braking it up
    I use the CR720 on my mtb and are very happy with them. The stock pads were crap, replaced with koolstops. I switched from v-brakes to canti's with road levers and found the difference in stopping power to be negligable at best. And they look cool IMO.
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    dont get tektro oryx, they are not very good at all.

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    I like the Oryx's better than the Shorty 4s.

    But with those kinds of brakes, it's much more about pad adjustement/type.

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    Shorty's are noturious for squeeking but then so are most canti rim breaks. I like the brakes that fall further away from the rim. They have less stopping power but they clear mud better. I've got a set of SRP Grumpy's, Pauls are similar.

    Here's an article: http://velonews.com/article/9054

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