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    Old school XT cantis vs v-brakes for cross

    I am thinking about switching to some 1995 old school Shimano BR-M737, Deore XT cantilevers and ditching my Tektro v-brakes (with Problem Solver Travel Agents) for my new cross build. When the V-brakes get wet, they are fairly useless - I can ride the bakes fully depressed and not completely stop - just slow down a bit.

    Will these cantis provide better wet condition stopping power with Campy STI levers? Also, what brake pads do you recommend (or with the stock black Shimano XT MTB pads be fine) for use on aluminum rims?
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    Been rockin old school XTR on my Salsa for 15 years .....they work perfect.
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    Cantis can provide some mean power when set up properly, but they are finicky to set up. As far as wet, use salmon pads, huge difference. The power difference makes Cantis slightly better in the wet IMO....but I still think v's are great because of how easy they are to adjust, and set pad changes are easier and pads are cheap and easy to find

    when I had my cross check I switched from Cantis to v's and then back again and stuck with the Cantis using salmon pads until I saw the light and got a disc frame
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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    What about Mini-Vs? The Tektro 926A BMX brakes are cheap and powerful, although you will need to spring for some Kool Stop Salmon or combination pads.
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