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Old 02-02-12, 08:09 AM
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I've got regular caliper brakes (Ultegra) and cantis (Shimano R550 and Tektro CR720) on my bikes. They all work great. The main advantage to cantis is being able to accommodate larger tires. However, I disagree with those claiming that cantis have less stopping power. That may be true if they have crappy pads or are set up improperly. However, my cantis both have KoolStop pads and were set up great by my mechanic, and they stop better than my caliper brakes, particularly in the rain. The pads on cantis have a larger surface area than caliper brakes, so they should stop better. If you lock down on my canti brakes, you could literally lift the rear wheel and go over the handlebars.
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