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Best Budget Cantis

I was wondering if anyone could throw out some recommendations for a front and rear set of budget cantilevers. I am planning on building a Cross Check for use as a single speed commuter and for some dirt use on occasion. I am trying to keep my cost low and get the best bang for my buck (I guess we all do).
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the ones that come in the box , when you buy a whole bike rather than the frame set work.

You prefer Low profile or the original L armed type,
older styles will work better with muddy-dirty courses,

because they leave a bigger clearance gap when you let go of the brake .
TRP euroX in aluminum are decent.

other than that bid away on used stuff, just make sure they include all the parts.

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Anyone recommend the Tektro CR720? Seem like good reviews for the price.
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Anyone recommend the Tektro CR720? Seem like good reviews for the price.
I just replaced those to upgrade. They're not the best, but if you can get them cheap they did stop me.
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Since you building a singlespeed, I would go with V-brakes and the properly matched levers. Avid SD5s are pretty decent. You'll be much happier with V-brakes than with cheap cantis.

If you're determined to go with cantis, the CR720s are probably the best of the bargain options.
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Originally Posted by geeter View Post
Anyone recommend the Tektro CR720? Seem like good reviews for the price.
Yes, I'm happy with mine. Install & set-up was easy enough and performance is very good.
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Has anyone tried the Tektro Oryx brakeset?
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Has anyone tried the Tektro Oryx brakeset?
Yes, I have two bikes using these. They work well enough, but lack some of the power of CR 720 or caliper brakes. They also do not work well with tires larger than 700x40 with fenders.
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If you had to go a step up from the tektros, what would you go with?
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Cane Creek makes a budget set. Not sure what model. I have them on my Bianchi San Jose (stock equipment).
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Origin 8 also makes some budget canti brakes, but Cane Creek is a much better brand.
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Is that the Cane Creek SCX-5? They are around the same price as the Tektro 720s. Any feedback on the two in comparison?
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IMHO, the best price/quality point is a very good one -- the Nashbar cantis, which are obviously Tektros and much less expensive. I have used these on several builds and see no reason to buy more expensive cantis.
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Tektro Oryx + Koolstop pads
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Tektro CR720 are awesome. Much prefer to Oryx and Avid Shorty 4.
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My preferred inexpensive setup was the CR720's in from and the IRD CAFAM's in the rear. Worked so well.
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I agree with the people above that just about anything off of a used bike if cleaned up and restored would do a fairly good job with new Kool Stop pads.

That said, I happened upon a pair of Avid Shorty 4's for $15 NIB at the local bike swap last week. I have to call that a pretty good bargain canti brake deal. Keep your eyes open and go to bike swaps and other events and you can find good stuff cheap. Look on CL too. In my junk box I've got a brand new pair of Kool Stop Cross Dura 2 Threaded Set Triple Compound on replaceable holders that I could put on them if I don't like the stock Avid pads.

I only found the one pair at the swap but I've also got a pair of Dia Compe's that came off of my Mt. Hood (with Kool Stop pads) that should do a journeyman job out back. I'm sure there are other people with take-offs from project bikes that might be selling stuff on CL so just keep an eye out and you'll find something.
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If there's an e-mail list or discussion forum for your local racing scene I bet you can find a lot of people with Shortys or Oryx sitting around that they might even just give away. They come on most entry level bikes and everybody seems to want to upgrade to something else. (I suspect a lot of that is that it's hard to believe that cantis are such a PITA if you aren't used to fiddling with them, so everyone thinks they must be able to get something better.)
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I hated my shorty 4's. They stopped well and were easily adjustable but the squeal was horrible, like people staring at you on the sidewalk horrible. I'm sure I have at least one set sitting in my parts bin.
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I've been very happy with my Tektro CRs. With good pads, they provide great stopping power. The stock pads are not very good though.
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Can Creek SCX-5's can be had pretty cheaply. Same with Avid Shorty 4's. In any case, be prepared to ditch the stock pads/inserts and get some Kool-Stop salmons.
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Look at some of the past posts on people who hated the Original cheap cantilevers
that came on their cross checks, I bet they would sell them to you.
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Cane Creek SCX-5 are Tekro Oryx with a different label. (Sort of like their SCR-5 levers and Tektro R200, same thing with different hoods.) If you're going with the SCX-5, save the few bucks and get the Tektros.

I wasn't keen on the Oryx that stocked on my Cross-Check so I swapped them out for CR720s and I've been happy enough with those and Kool Stop pads. I use them on my brevet/commuter Cross Check, and I ran them on my Fisticuff monstercross race rig. I'll be putting them on my Conquest Pro frame when it gets here tomorrow. They're cheap ($22 at JensonUSA), reasonably strong, and I like the stock straddle hanger they come with.
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If I was in your shoes, I'd pick up the Pair of Avid 15c's that redxj has for sale for $30 for the whole set.

Highlighted, about a quarter of the way down that wall of text

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Originally Posted by geeter View Post
I was wondering if anyone could throw out some recommendations for a front and rear set of budget cantilevers. I am planning on building a Cross Check for use as a single speed commuter and for some dirt use on occasion. I am trying to keep my cost low and get the best bang for my buck (I guess we all do).
Both of the tektros mentioned work fine with good pads and good setup and they're cheap.
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