I have a cyclocross bike that I use mainly for bike trails, city, gravel, dire trails, etc. I haven't raced with it and I'm not sure that I will.
It currently has Avid Shorty 4 cantis on it. To put it simply, I cannot stand those brakes. They don't stop worth a crap and they are a pain to adjust. As with most cantis, there is a give/take when it comes to having a hard feeling brake but yet being able to take the front tire off without the use of tools.
I was looking at putting a set of Shimano XTR mountain bike V-Brakes on the bike. I haven't seen anyone do this, but I see no reason why it wouldn't work. It should allow good braking and much easier wheel removal. Only thing I'd be giving up would be mud clearance, but again--I do not race with the bike at this moment.
Brake levers are SRAM Rival.
Anyone see any issues with this setup? Am I crazy or just being practical? BTW--I can get the XTR's cheap from a friend.