Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Colorado Springs
Bikes: Gunnar Crosshairs, Giant Trance, Felt Breed, Marin SS MTB, Felt Pyre BMX bike, oldschool GT trials bike
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I had v-brakes all the way around for a long time (until the rims wore out, which were well used when placed on the xtracycle) when I lived in Knoxville, I lived at the top of a very steep and kind of long hill that I have went down with quite a bit of weight, the only limiting factor for my stopping distance was traction.
Also keep in mind when you have very heavy loads with an xtracycle you tend to use your rear brake much more than you would on a regular bike, the added stress on the front wheel causes a lot more flex in the fork and with the weight of 50+ pounds of cargo on the back you have a lot of grip in the rear. Actually I could ride all but the steepest hills with just a rear brake.