Originally Posted by lbear
What brand cantilever brake has the most stopping power and quite? I weigh about 195lbs and I have been riding caliper brakes.
It doesn't work like that! Cantis are very set up dependent, so that you trade off mechanical advantage and clearance against each other - and this trade off, which you decide for yourself, is the dominating factor.
And you do know that actual stopping power isn't dependent on brakes as much tyres? Any canti can be set up to take you to the edge of a skid with a reasonable squeeze.
Anyway, I weigh 210 and I've never had a braking problem with any set of cantis. Otoh, some knobbly cross tyres can be killers if you have to brake hard on the road - they can be great at digging into dirt but lousy on tarmac.
(That said... the canti record holder for absolute power is almost certainly the legendary Pedersen Self Energizer: these beasts were able to lift the back wheel of a tandem
off the ground before the lawyers banned the front brake version. But on a single rider bike any cantis set up for max power with good pads should be able to do this.)