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    Brake Help.

    So, I have been riding my xc bike for 20 years with brakes that SUCK. They are some dia compe cantis...(I have tried Pauls, SRP, no improvement.)
    Looking for a linear pull brake that will work with ultegra brake levers...any such good brakes out there?
    I am spoiled by discs on all of my other bikes!
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    These look too cheap...
    https://online2.qbp.com/qbponlinesto...=tektro+mini+v

    But i don't care if they work!

    Anyone try these AND travel agents with V-brakes?
    Last edited by rideit; 07-07-2018 at 03:11 PM.
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    I've got Cane Creek SCX-5s with 9sp Ultegra, and they work good enough, similar to XT or XTR v-brakes on my old 26ers, - but nothing like a modern disc.
    In my experience Cantis are all about setup and pad, I've had good luck with Kool Stop Salmon. I started mtb riding in '88, and we had cantis and U-brakes, my brother was an engineering student and a good mechanic (still a very good mechanic), he could get cantis working great, I didn't have quite the touch but I do ok. We generally preferred Kool Stop Eagle Claw iirc grey pads, we could do front wheel stands and pivot the bike around (or at least try to), I remember them working quite well. Those were either Shimano or Dia Compe.
    Now I've got my cx brakes setup pretty good, and I don't have to mess with the setup because when the lever starts getting a little low I just put in new pad inserts, - much better than the old days.

    You've probably tried a bunch of different pads?, have your brakes ever worked well? Maybe find an older mechanic who knows cantis for a setup? Any good cx mechanics near you?, most of those should still be current on cantis.
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    Well, to give a little background, I have been a mechanic for 25 years, and owned a bike shop for ten.
    I have tried just about every pad combo out there.
    XT v brakes with a travel agent worked the best out of all of the options, I might try that after trying out the tektro mini-v's.
    Just curious what other people have run with drop bars.
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    Given your experience, I think it's time to move to discs.
    carry clippers! cut something off the trail every time you ride.

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    Frame is Scandium...no retrofit/welding available.
    I LOVE this frame.
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    I'm happy with my cheap and happy Tektro Mini-Vs with Campy Veloce levers. I originally set them up using a Travel Agent up front as just a roller and that worked pretty well. Then found that if I used it to increase cable pull I could get more clearance and got excellent grip up front.

    Got all the stopping power I can use now.

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    I use the Tektro mini V's on my Ridley which I use as my "road" bike. No complaints. They work better than the 22 year old Altus canti's on my commuter.

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    I used Tektro mini-V with 105 sti lever before and they worked very well. They survived a season of racing in dirt, mud, and rain. They will slow you down and stop the bike as well.

    but, if you race, I highly suggest you to upgrade to a bike with disc brakes.
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    To ask a question I think I know the answer to... Have you been using compressionless housing? That has made all the difference between terrible mush and firm braking for me.

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    Agree with all who said setup is key with canti brakes. Best thing I remember helping improve power on my mtn. bikes with canti brakes was adding
    these triangular cable hangers and running them as low as possible to the tire for improved leverage.
    Mole

    https://www.bikewagon.com/part/brake...ier-black-pair

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    NEVER going back to Canti's. EVER.
    I used to ride trials...the most perfectly set up cantis have about 1/4 the power of crappy V's.
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    Then there's the other thing with Canti's that hasn't been mentioned here - Brake Shudder.

    My ancient Redline with the 1" steerer aluminum fork was absolutely terrifying on a downhill. That was one of the situations where there was nothing you could do with the brake setup to fix it, either. V-brakes don't do that.

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    shimano makes a road specific v brake that should work with ultegra levers

    https://www.bikewagon.com/shimano-br...xoCCVIQAvD_BwE

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    I have got some Paul's set up really great on my old GT ZRX using salmon quick stop pads, full length compressionless housing and a front brake hanger that mounts to the hole in the fork arch which totally removed the brake shudder mentioned above. Set up based on Sheldon Brown recommendations. Not quite hydro disc but similar to mech disc with normal housing.

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    I have used tektro 926AL and TRP 8.4 mini v with both Shimano 5700 and Campy Athena shifters. Both have worked ok, but I found that changing the pads to koolstop salmon made a difference.

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    Mini-V's are a tremendous improvement in braking power over cantis, and work fine with short pull levers. Recommended.

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    I converted an old Rockhopper to a gravel bike. I left the v-brakes and used Tektro RL520 drop levers.

    So far they have been great but I have not really put them through a hard ride



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    How do you shift...or is it singlespeed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    How do you shift...or is it singlespeed?
    19 with bar end shifter

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    Great ride this morning on some rolling single track. Brake levers performed very well with the v-brakes

    A few short downhill sections were no problem

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