I'm a road racer who just picked up a cyclocross bike for city riding and maybe a race or two next year. I'm on the '09 Giant TCX1, just took delivery of it this week.
My question: is braking with cyclocross brakes always this bad? I'm used to dual pivot road calipers, SRAM Rival to be precise. I don't feel secure riding in downtown city traffic at all on these things. I've got the pads as close as I can (though I can't get the pads to center very well, there's a few millimeters difference in distance to the rim between the left and right pad on both wheels).
Here's my (stock) setup: Tektro CR-720 calipers, 105 levers, and Tektro RL721 cross levers all working on a Mavic CXP22 rim.
Any tips on setting up the brakes to maximum braking performance? Is everyone changing out their pads for something better? Let an ole roadie in on the secret. Thanks.