Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Boise, Idyho
Bikes: '04 fisher 29er, NYC Bikes CityFixed
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V brakes are way easier to set up, but they require specific levers, and put a lot more stress on the seat stay.
Cantis are a pain in the ass to set up properly, but you can use any old road lever, and they have way more mud clearance than Vs. Once they are set up nicely, they'll stop you just fine.
V's run parallel to the seat stays so there is a good 3/8" spot for mud to collect between the brake arms and the stays.