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Balancing Cantilever Brakes

Old 11-30-23, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by daniell
Also, if I changed the system and then installed V brakes, would that simply matters?
linear / ‘V’ brakes can be be easier to set up than cantilever brakes - but can also be a PITA …

and if you have first gen 8 speed XTR (M900) shifter/brake assemblies designed for cantilever brakes - a ‘travel agent’ or similar mechanism might be required so the brake pull will work with the linear brakes … later XTR 8 speed (M950 etc) are designed for linear brakes
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Old 11-30-23, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by daniell
I ran into a problem adjusting the front brake. These are the Shimano Altus CT91 brake. It has an adjustment on one side. I turned the screw too hard and the screw now turns without grabbing. It goes into a plastic housing. I would gladly replace the brakes with a higher end model. As I previously mentioned, the last one I tried did not work out. The pads would not go low enough to reach the rim.
I ride this bike more often than my road bike. Now that I am old, I feel more secure on the wider tires.
I see this as my choices.
1. Buy a new bike.
2. Change the the drive chain to a 1 X. I am happy with the XTR shifters however.
3. Buy another pair of the CT91 brakes
I would like to begin the process soon so that I can be ready to ride in the Spring.
All suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.
one bad / not-so-good thing about the CT91 brake calipers is brake pad replacement will require replacement of the entire brake pad assembly (including post) and therefore will require adjustment etc - as opposed to a brake caliper that has brake pads with removable / replaceable brake pads (with just a small screw / pin) to retain the brake pad on the assembly

( you can spot this in the picture above )


if you like the bike / plan to ride it -

I would look for brake calipers that have replaceable pads

I would lean toward replacing the crank with another triple or replacing the chainrings - whatever seems to make more sense and cents

replace the chain and cassette and you will be good to go for years

vintage ATB’s are great versatile bikes

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Originally Posted by t2p




one bad / not-so-good thing about the CT91 brake calipers is brake pad replacement will require replacement of the entire brake pad assembly (including post) and therefore will require adjustment etc - as opposed to a brake caliper that has brake pads with removable / replaceable brake pads (with just a small screw / pin) to retain the brake pad on the assembly

( you can spot this in the picture above )


if you like the bike / plan to ride it -

I would look for brake calipers that have replaceable pads

I would lean toward replacing the crank with another triple or replacing the chainrings - whatever seems to make more sense and cents

replace the chain and cassette and you will be good to go for years

vintage ATBs are great versatile bikes
I am thinking of these brakes though reviews on their stopping power are mixed.https://www.thebikesmiths.com/produc...SABEgIYzfD_BwE
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Originally Posted by daniell
I am thinking of these brakes though reviews on their stopping power are mixed.https://www.thebikesmiths.com/produc...SABEgIYzfD_BwE
those brakes appear to be good but Im not familiar with them

again - I prefer pads that can be replaced without replacing the entire brake pad assembly the pads equipped with that brake caliper are not that type just a preference though

for the most part Im sorta / kinda boring and stick with a brake system that was originally specd on the bike or a similar bike of that general era I have old XT cantilever brakes on my XT bikes, STX brakes on the STX bikes, XTR on the XTR bikes etc

cantilever brakes can provide very good stopping power when equipped with good pads and set up well (and rims with good sidewalls etc)
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Originally Posted by t2p
those brakes appear to be good but I’m not familiar with them

again - I prefer pads that can be replaced without replacing the entire brake pad assembly … the pads equipped with that brake caliper are not that type … just a preference though

for the most part I’m sorta / kinda boring and stick with a brake system that was originally spec’d on the bike or a similar bike of that general era … I have old XT cantilever brakes on my XT bikes, STX brakes on the STX bikes, XTR on the XTR bikes … etc …

cantilever brakes can provide very good stopping power when equipped with good pads and set up well (and rims with good sidewalls etc)
I dunno I have them and they are meh brakes but pads easily replaced...

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