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    Replacing Canti brakes with Mini V's ?

    I bought a Cyclocross bike to ride on pavement and I am not liking the cantilever brakes at all. Lots of noise, front wheel chatter and definitely not good stopping power.

    The shop originally to install the brake of my choice labor free as long as I purchase the brakes.

    The bike is a Cannondale and I weigh about 215 lbs, what would be a good set of brakes to go with?

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    Paul Mini motos

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    or TRP CX8 or CX9.

    and get Kool Stop salmon pads. They cost 10 bucks and they're awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueBeliever View Post
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    Never heard of these before, not that I know anything! I will check them out, thanks for the info!

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    Sounds like your brakes aren't adjusted properly. My old mountain bikes that had canti's would squeal and shudder unless they had the proper toe-in. I used to keep a matchbook in my tool box to adjust canti's by placing the cover of the book at the back (front of bike is front, back is back) of the brake pad (between the pad and the rim) when tightening them down. I've never owned a cyclocross bike but unless cyclocross canti's are different this should stop the squeal and shudder and give you more power.
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    I am sure you are correct but I did get the bike from a quality shop and one would think they would have set them up properly?
    I guess I could learn how to adjust them, but for now, I am going back to the shop and let them know I am not too happy with the brakes. As discussed with the shop, the brakes were my main concern.

    No warning bell needed on this bike, I just need to apply the brakes!

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    I wasn't implying that the bike shop did something wrong only that the symptoms you described were characteristic of improperly adjusted brakes. I've had canti's go out of adjustment just from an inadvertent bump when removing the wheel. I'm sure your shop will be able to make your brakes work properly (no squeal or shudder) without you having to spend any money and then you can decide on upgrades if you still want more power.
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    Re: Replacing Canti brakes with Mini V's ?

    TRP mini V's and don't look back.

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    I hear you, just a little disappointed with the shop and cannot imagine the brakes would be that sensitive? If so, I think I would be better served paying for different brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikewerx View Post
    TRP mini V's and don't look back.

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    8's or 9's ??

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    Re: Replacing Canti brakes with Mini V's ?

    What brake levers do you have, Shimano or SRAM. Check the TRP site to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikewerx View Post
    What brake levers do you have, Shimano or SRAM. Check the TRP site to see.

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    Shimano my friend!

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    Why do the TRP CX-9's get such bad reviews? It makes me wonder, while on the other hand, the least expensive Tektro mini, the 926A seems to have great reviews?
    I realize the pricing is very different between the two however the less expensive brake seems to be a good choice in so far as the reviews thta have been posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikewerx View Post
    TRP mini V's and don't look back.

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    The bike is in the shop and they are going to install the TRP CX-9's. This was their recommendation, as it was also yours! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickcin View Post
    Why do the TRP CX-9's get such bad reviews? It makes me wonder, while on the other hand, the least expensive Tektro mini, the 926A seems to have great reviews?
    Unsure whey the bad reviews but TRP=Tektro racing product, yes tektro makes the cx-9's etc., I seriously doubt the stoping power of the $TRP is that much better, if any, than the 926. I think the big difference is finish and marketing(other than price).
    If anyone can tell me any mechanical/leverage/etc. difference between the two please do.

    thanks

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    TRP replacement !

    Just a followup to my thread regarding my dissatisfaction with canti brakes for road and pavement use.

    I just picked up my bike with the new TRP mini v's and the difference is incredible! The loud alarming screeching is gone, the front fork shutter is a thing of the past and the stopping power is way better! This may not be surprising to most serious bikers, but as a new bee, i would never recommend canti brakes to someone who is using a CX bike on pavement or as a commuter bike.

    I just love my new brakes!

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