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 Post subject: Best Canti's or V's??
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:34 pm 
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Question to all? starting a full reno'on a Merlin Reynolds 631 frame.(Already have the 25.0 Ti Post 4 it) it hasnt a Canti bridge, but should I go with Canti's, if so whats rated as the best? (I used to prefer Exage back when) or find some old Onza etc V's.

Also as top tube is short at 20.25 I need at least a 130 mm stem, (normally ride an 80mm on a 22.25 top tube), but if I go up to a 145 mm how ponderous will the steering be?? :D :D


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:01 pm 
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my fav canti's are Dia-comp 986 with ss5 levers. I always have them fitted. Like all cantis setting up is fiddly Once set up they are good light weight stoppers. Never used V's


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:17 pm 
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Vs are all power and no feeling.

Cantis are hard to set up and can be mushy if not set up properly.

The choice is up to you.

I prefer Dia Compe too - 987s though.


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 Post subject: Chicken Stix
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:34 pm 
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Forgot to say, but have some New X-Lite Chicken Stix in Purple, was hoping to utilise, if decide to go with the Canti's. Was wondering about the Froggleg jobs that the Psycho-cross set use a lot? Anyone familiar with these?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:54 pm 
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I use them on my cross bike.

Brutal to set up, but work fine.

But they aren't elegant.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:01 pm 
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for cantis, i always liked DC986's

except during setup of course



V-brake wise, avid single digits, soooo easy to set up.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:20 pm 
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I would love those chickn stix if you decide to sell 'em instead...


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:27 pm 
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I use cantis and v's, don't really have a preference although I do think v's have more power.

Incidentally I have some mint black LX low profile cantis (F + R) spare, very easy to set up and look and work just the same as the higher end Shimano ones. PM me if you're interested


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:36 pm 
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for looks canti's - especially Grafton or Critical Racing IMO.

for stopping power (if you a, ride hard and/or b, weight 200lbs +) then its got to be XTR V's.

sorry not much help really.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:47 pm 
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I'd add avid ultimate V brake arms to that list for powerful brakes as well :)


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