Moderator: Moderator Team
Powerful than canti's. for me I will be predominantly be on trails, so mud clearance not a massive issue.
Interested in other points if view though.
gt5504b wrote:Well there is also another way to look at it...
I swap wheels with my 29er XC bike.
Ever bike I have now is 700c, and the majority have discs.
Do you not have thru axles on your XC? That would re-complicate it.
Unless you have huge downhill sections, I haven't had any issues with cantis. If you're getting a custom frame, get disc tabs for sure...disc will only get better and better.
I'm in need of some new pads (I use Kool Stop Cross triple compound pads) to use on my FSA SL-K cantilevers, mated to Force shifters. They've been solid and pretty good. I ride and race in the mid-Atlantic so not tons of mud. These brakes have been okay.
But, in looking around a lot of folks like the TRPs. They wouldn't be that much more new than just the pads I'm in need of soon. Thinking about trying them out. Anyone have any major Pros/Cons. Stick with what I have or give 'em a try?
(my bike doesn't have disc mounts, so that isn't part of the equation.)
I think the arguments about lack of clearance are a myth. I've been racing 'cross since 1994, using V-brakes since 2009 or so, CX8.4's for the last couple seasons. I don't do a lot of muddy races anymore, but I still do a few per year. I did Louisville masters worlds in 2012, where the bikes literally got caked with mud, and my wheels spun free (and I could still brake) the entire race (I finished 7th in my age group).
The only other functional argument I've heard against them is they are "too grabby". Again, my experience is this is easily solved by choosing the right pad to go with your rims, for the conditions you will race in. Because they use "standard" Shimano/SRAM spec road pads, you have a plethora of choices. The stock black pads probably are a bit grabby, but Swissstop green or Kool-Stop salmon are much smoother on my rims.
The biggest reason I think people don't use them is that they don't have the cool, traditional look of a cantilever brake. They look a bit like they belong on an MTB from 1995. That is, of course, a fashion/style choice that has nothing to do with how well they work.
BTW, the Tektro RX5 is an inexpensive 85mm arm V-brake that is an alternative to the CX8.4. I used them for a couple years before the 8.4's came out, at the advice of a poster here on WW. I think a full set us $30 retail, so you can try them and see if you prefer V-brakes before committing to the 8.4's. The TRP are a much nicer product, better finishing, integrated barrel adjuster, etc, and use more universal pads (road vs. slimline), but the Tektro are only a few grams heavier and a fraction of the price.
I'm going to need new pads soon & got to doing some reading and thus, considering some v-brakes. I wouldn't say my braking is bad now (and I'm actually working on braking less, being smoother and not wasting energy acceleration, just to have to brake in the next corner) but never a bad thing to have better stopping power.
I spoke to a mechanic friend too and regarding modulation he said, "I don't understand that. If you are flying over your handlebars or locking up your brakes, don't brake so hard."
Great to know about the RX5s and about the brake pads being important as well.
Great info, thanks for sharing.
Good point. It was because of my experiences at Louisville Worlds in 2012 combined with muddy races in Madison and Fort Collins earlier in the year that I opted to run disc brakes the next season and because of the snow and ice, the mud was really bad at Masters Worlds in 2013 and unless you could pit and get a reasonably clean bike twice a lap, it really did not matter whether you ran canti or disc brakes.JBV wrote:I did Louisville masters worlds in 2012, where the bikes literally got caked with mud, and my wheels spun free (and I could still brake) the entire race (I finished 7th in my age group).
- Similar Topics
- Last post
- 6 Replies
- 714 Views
Last post by Geoff
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:01 pm
- 48 Replies
- 3958 Views
Last post by Multebear
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:52 pm
- 7 Replies
- 1350 Views
Last post by mattr
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:58 pm
- 63 Replies
- 6310 Views
Last post by XCProMD
Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:42 pm
It’s Miller Time! Gotobike B36 with EPS and TRP Hy/Rd discs
Last post by lwk « Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:29 pmReplies: 38
Posted in Introduce Yourself / Gallery - Please use metric weights.by Miller » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:12 pm » in Introduce Yourself / Gallery - Please use metric weights.
- 38 Replies
- 5530 Views
Last post by lwk
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:29 pm