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Old 12-30-05, 06:54 PM
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if you had your choice...

would you opt for cantilever or v brakes on your vintage mtb tourer
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Old 12-31-05, 12:19 AM
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Cantilever...
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Cantis on any touring bike. They just work better with STI.

[Edit] Maybe I'll work on my reading comprehension some day. If you have drop bars and STI shifters use cantilevers. If you have barend shifters and separate levers, use v-brakes and Diacomp V-levers If you have flat bars (and bar ends) on a mountain bike go for v-brakes.

The stopping power of properly adjusted cantilevers is equal to v-brakes. The difficult part is properly adjusting the cantilevers. V-brakes are much easier to adjust and require less fiddlin'.

Whatever you do, don't go with Travel agents, v-brakes and STI. Set up is a bogger and the results aren't generally worth the trouble, in my opinion.
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If your mtb tourer has flat bars, go for v-brakes and appropriate levers. If your using drop bars, cantis work better with aero and sti levers. If you prefer v-brakes for drop bars you can use a travel agent, a little doohickey that increases the cable pull.
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I've got Cantis on my MTB tourer. Set up properly (and sometimes this takes some tinkering) they work great. Especially heavily loaded.
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thanks for the replies.I plan on using flat bars with integrated bar ends(brahma bars).so v brakes are preferred for ease of set up?
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I'll install cantis on any frame that comes with cable hangers...
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I like cantis a lot.

I have nothing against v-brakes.

I despise 'travel agents'.
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Canties get my vote
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Cantilevers are a pain in the butt. V-brakes are much easier to deal with, and in spite of all the retrogrouches in this forum, I have yet to encounter any canti brakes that stop as well as Vs. Just make sure that you get V-brake levers to go with the V-brakes.
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I agree that traditional cantis which use studded pads are a bit of a pain setting up. But newer cantis which use pads similar to V-brakes are just as easy to set up as V-brakes...

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I like canti's for looks, but v-brakes for stopping power. I have also used travel agent adapters on v-brakes and they worked great.
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