What works, what does not, why canti’s are shit. Also, to keep from shitting up the bike blog thrad
[quote=tehschkott][quote=eric_s]I want to throw all my cantis in the craigslist, install linear pull brakes, and be able to stop. We switch between wide and narrow profile brakes because the truth is that canti brakes are shitty almost all the time. It’s like someone who is being abused thinking that their abuser has changed because they were nice to them on tuesday.
(abuse and bike parts are two very different things: I’m not conflating the two, just the thinking process that keeps people stuck)[/quote]
I love you for this.[/quote]
[quote=Blakey]My recent (last 4Y) canti experience has been:
Oryx with tektro R200: terrible
Oryx with 9sp 105 shakes: terrible
Oryx with flatbar levers and a high straddle: super terrible
cheap mini v with flatbar levers: holy crap endos
mini v with R200: as above, but clogged with melbourne grass&mud super fast due to rim clearance
CR720 with tektro r200: better clearance, middling power, but no endos, better with ‘cross’ cartridges that take road inserts instead of long mtb carts.
vintage XT with 6400: great
Shimano ‘touring’ low profile with 6600 shakes: good
Shimano ‘touring’ low profile with R200: good
shorty ultimates with 6600 shakes: amazing [*]
Oryx with 6400 aero and a low straddle: shocked me how well they worked.
FSA SLK with 6700 shakes: good+
Paul neo retro with 6500 shakes: good
Paul neo retro with flatbar lever: decent, no endos
Paul touring with flatbar: skidzzz
All that said, I’ve never felt that I’ve needed more braking power in a cross race, but I have wanted for more power on gravel grinder type descents.
If I was buying budget cantis now and couldn’t use mini Vs, those low profile tektros (CR710) would be the shot I think. Shorty Ultimates if you need a balance of power and clearance and can spend more, paul touring if you have a MUSA boner.
Or, you know, disc brakes.
[*] amazing for cantis.
Enough canti talk.[/quote]