canti's vs v's

by giff77   February 14, 2012  

Have just picked up an old steel frame which has canti brakes. Am pondering whether it is worth the expense (getting levers cables etc) of switching over to v brakes rather than overhauling the canti's. Or any tips for overhauling said canti's. More familiar with callipers which is why I ask Smile

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If you're running it on the road then Mini-Vs are another option; they have the same cable pull as cantis. make sure you fit an inline adjuster too though...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7253 posts]
14th February 2012 - 8:39

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I did just that. Always used cantis on CX bikes and as the entire world recommended V's I swapped for some mini's. They seemed fine at first but really loose the power when they bare worn and you have had to shorten the cable. You can adjust cantis a lot more before you ditch the blocks. Also unhooking the V noodle is akward if the blocks are close to the rim.
See Sheldon Brown for advice on setting cantis. Also CTC forum

posted by mattsccm [245 posts]
14th February 2012 - 9:47

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I've used both and switched to Cantis as I couldnt fit mudguards with mini-v's as they are bang in the way.

I found mini-v's were more powerful but didnt have the 'feel' of canti's.

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
14th February 2012 - 14:01

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Thanks guys for your help. Thinking I'll keep the canti's as I'll be able to fit guards and like the idea that the blocks can last longer. It's tough being aa cheapskate Big Grin

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posted by giff77 [1038 posts]
14th February 2012 - 23:46

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if you're keeping the cantis, getting some good quality cartridge pads will make all the difference

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7253 posts]
14th February 2012 - 23:52

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Brilliant -thanks Dave

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posted by giff77 [1038 posts]
15th February 2012 - 0:12

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