I am completely new to cross. Just picked up a bike, it was too good of a deal to pass on...
The previous owner switched out the stock shifters/levers to the Sram Red levers but I still have the crappy stock tektro wide brakes in front and narrows in back. They dont seem to work very well with the sram red levers. Lots of lever movement with very little braking power.
I am used to riding a specialized carbon 29er stumpjumper with XX world cup brakes. I know I am not going to get that kind of stopping power but I want something with a decent amount of stopping power. The tektros dont seem to have any. I think I prefer stopping power over pad clearance.
So what do you guys suggest. I am not necessarily planning on racing in the mud... but I wouldn't rule it out. I am going to try and do a few races this fall. I dont want to spend a ridiculous amount of money, but I know you generally get what you pay for with brakes. How are the avid shorty ultimates? I also saw the TRP EuroX Carbon adjusts on for like $180.
I just have no idea what I am doing though with cantilevers so I am open to any recommendation.
Also, other than the brakes, what would your first upgrade recommendation be... best improvement for the money Everything is stock except for the levers, the chainrings were upgraded to wickwerks and all the cables are gore sealed cables.
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