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Old 01-08-19, 07:52 AM
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Brake advice?

I have a Surly Cross Check with Tektro cantilever brakes and Dura-Ace brifters.

But I like to use bikepacking style bags, including one on the seatpost. When loaded, it pushes on the rear brake cable hanger/staddle cable assembly.

I would like to change to a sidepull cantilever like a V brake. Is that going to work with my brifters? I am not a gearhead, so any suggestions about what brake to get would be appreciated.

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"Mini-V" brakes will work with your short pull Dura Ace brake levers. Tektro makes them. Just be sure they will clear your tires if you run particularly large ones.
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TRP a part of Tektro, has Mini V with 8.4 & 9 cm long arms for cyclocross sector so 622 - 34 and narrower tires,..
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Mini V brakes tend to split the cable pull (or lever travel) between cantis and more typical long armed V brakes. Some levers will pull enough cable to make the mini Vs work well. Some don't. Some wheels are out of true enough to make mini V pads rub if set close enough to not have the levers bottom out. It can be a fine line sometimes.

The other option is to use common long armed Vs and a Travel Agent cable pull changing stepped pulley. No matter what you choose do check out bag/brake interference before shelling out the bucks. This is one more reason to shop at a bike shop. You can touch, feel and place parts against your bike to better judge the fits. Andy
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What is the distance from the seat stay bridge hole and fork hole to the rim? What is the tire size you use? I am thinking of dual pivot calipers of medium reach.
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Nitto makes a contraption that will hold the saddle bag off the brake cable. See last item on page 23 or their catalogue ( Would that do the trick without having to change brakes? I thought Rivendell carried those but I don’t see it on their website right now.
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