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Old 05-28-09, 12:56 PM   #1
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Cantilever suggestions

I am looking at the following any suggestions, recommendations are appreciated.

  • Pauls Neo Retro
  • TRP EuroX
  • Velo Orange Grand Cru
  • Velo Orange Grenouille
  • Tecro CR720.
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Old 05-28-09, 02:07 PM   #2
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Look, to be honest, I would write off the TRP EuroX. Why? I have them, and while they have decent power and killer looks, they are a BITC* to set up. You have to manual toe in the pads with brute force and so many variables can go wrong because they are a LOT of adjustments factors to consider.

This is also valid for the Grand Cru and Grenouille brakes.

My first choice would be Paul. Second would be CR720. Both have excellent power and have the V-brake type pads.
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well i have the paul's they look brilliant work great ,buy the paul's.
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Rivendell claims the IRD cafams (?) are really good. So, you might want to add that to your list. I can't link to Riv, their site keeps dying on me.

Riv also points out the width of the Tektro CR720s can be an issue in hitting you and your stuff, require a wider, longer cable run and thus recommend against fitting them on frames <53cm. This would be a fit problem for the rear brake only. If this applies to you, you could combine a lower profile canti in the rear, and use the 720 or other wide profile canti in front for maximum leverage/braking force.

I can see nothing wrong with Pauls, except for the ~$160 cost.

BTW you left Paul touring cantis off your list. The IRDs are basically the same as these functionally, but cost half as much, and are not available in black:
http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=BR8869
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Also consider some NOS Suntour XC Pro. There always seems to be a pair on ebay. Great Brakes. Adjustment is a snap.
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My commuter/utility bike has Cane Creek SCX-5 with KoolStop salmon pads and CrossTop levers.
I stop very well, even in pouring rain with road grit covering everything- my mass with bike and commuting load is about 120 kg. The brakes use cartridge pads & are not as expensive as Pauls.
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no need to look further than Shimano BR-R550s. Stoutest, strongest Canti I have ever run with.

high profile cantis with nonadjustable toe-in are the lamest for touring.
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