Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: 2005 Fuji Cross Pro, 2006 Allez Sport, Mid 70's French Bike named 'Pierre'
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As a Clydesdale, I would argue with Andy about how much braking power you really need. The advantage to a lot of breaking power is that you can go full speed longer, crush the brakes, turn, then get up and power out of a turn. Also, if you go down a steep hill, are 220 lbs, and need to turn at teh bottom, big braking power would be a plus. I have a 2005 Fuji Cross pro (with the ridiculous electric blue paint and weird yellow hook-like highlights) that has disc brake tabs. Unfortunately, it has 130mm rear dropouts, and based on the scarcity of 130mm spaced disc hubs, I haven't gotten around to switching to a disc brake. It would also mean I would have no set of backup wheels and no help in the neutral pit that we have here at the Cross Crusade.
To the OP: I think if you are worried about obsolescence...Don't be. There will be cantilever brakes on cross bikes for a long time. (just my opinion)