The only canti's I used that gave good performance were the later XT's with shimano servo wave levers. The worst were the super spongy Dia Compe PowerControl PC levers (Dia Crape???).
The bitch with servo wave levers was that shimano never released them without rapidfire, and since I was thumbie man I had to butcher a set of rapidfire levers with a hacksaw and dremmel to remove the mount.
The servowave levers also weighed a ton but they worked and that was what counted for me - I've still got the levers somewhere but the bushings are shot and they rattle like a babys toys.
V's all the way for me - avid ultimats so I can swap the noodle round to get the best routing. With XTR levers because they are lovely... I'd like to try ultimates but I'm happy with the XTR's and they are much cheaper.
He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.
95 Kona Explosif Singlespeed/Fixie - 100% Thrashed since new and it's still very well loved (and it looks it).
Dave Lloyd C.A.T.S W.I.S.K.A.S - Built, ridden, loved, and sold.