Hi guys, I've poured through as much data on bikeforums.net and roadbikeform trying to get anything that might help me.
First, some background. Having a small house, my wife told me we can have 2 bikes (hers and mine). Meaning, my mountain bike and road bike went to friends. Thus, I built a cyclocross bike trying to make a compromise to get me through the best of all worlds. I do some cross racing in winter, I do mountain bike racing on it and road races on it. It has pluses and minuses to every single one due to weight vs loss of tire size and no suspension to being heavier than most road bikes, so big deal, I manage.
My deal is brakes. On mountain bikes I used disc, v-brakes and cantis depending on the time period. Almost as soon as v-brakes came out, I switched. And I was never fully impressed with mechanical disc, so I switched back to V.
My road bike had calipers, of course, which stopped me well and on a dime when I needed it.
So, I read over and over how spongy cantilevers can be and that people don't recommend them for the road. So, for the past 2 years I used Tektro RX3 with Travel Agent. I was satisfied until both springs and moving parts gave out. So, I switched to the RX5, which they sucked and the springs were garbage (they just wouldn't retract) and now to the BX3v which also can't seem to stay in adjustment and squeal like crazy even with Kool Stop pads. I mean, seriously can't get it to stop.
The LBS is telling me to upgrade to Shimano XT or XTR V-Brakes because of their engineered movement that moves the pad parallel with the rim.
But at this point, I need cantilever opinions. Considering I ride on the road, are they an option? I can't find any listed on the Shimano website, but Sram has the Shorty Ultimate, 4 and 6. Are there any cantis that are going to give me good road stopping power?
Or, are there any opinions on a better V-Brake to get than the Tektro?