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Mini V's vs. Canti brakes

Old 03-02-11, 11:50 AM
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Mini V's vs. Canti brakes

Is anyone using Mini V brakes for their touring needs rather than canti's? Just curious what your experiences have been since tourers tend to stay on more roads and "cleaner" trails and mud build up is generally not a consideration. As always, thank you for your input.
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Old 03-02-11, 06:16 PM
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and to think I was expecting a Brake Debate can-o-worms. guess not.
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Mini V on the rear wheel on my foldup bike, cantilever on the front. Cantilevers on my touring bikes. Only reason I use the mini V on the foldup bike is that the cable routing does not allow cantilever cable hanger. I tried an old sidepull but it performed poorly so I bought the mini V. The mini V does not have a lot of extra room, if I wanted to use a fender it would be a problem.
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No real input, just thanks for stirring up my curiosity about different brake designs. After minimal research, I now know the difference between mini-v's(my trail bike), caliper(my touring bike), and canti's. (I gather that canti's are preferred on touring bikes for fender clearance.) I can't tell any significant difference in stopping power between mini-v's and and calipers.
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Old 03-03-11, 09:19 AM
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Properly set up, all will stop very well. Cantis can give a little more stopping power than Vs or calipers, but they are harder to set up.

Cantis also give the most clearance. Standard Vs have almost as much clearance as cantis, but things still get pretty tight if you run fat tires & fenders... and you need different brake levers for standard Vs as well.

edit: The link to mini-vs posted by Cyclebum seems to show a picture of standard Vs, not mini Vs, although the Tektro RX5 brake is a mini V.

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Read and learn. I reckon this is the real mini v. Brake in previous link is labeled 'mini v', but has much more clearance. I got the standard v as shown in the previous link.
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The RX 5 in your first post is also a mini V at about 85 mm length which many feel is most ideal with STI.
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Old 03-08-11, 08:27 PM
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I don't see much of an advantage to mini V's. Canti's work really well when they are set up well. Canti's may be more prone to squeeking or squealing than mini Vs, but if you toe them in correctly and use good pads, it is avoidable. Also, Canti's have better clearance for bigger tires and fenders. In the end, either will work well depending on how you are using it, but I would go with Canti's
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I prefer cantilevers, but mostly because it is what im used to, and generally works very well.
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