Avid Shorty 4 Cantilever Brake Caliper Brake System

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)
Weight : 192 grams MSRP : $30.00

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Product Description

Camera-toting cyclocross fans love a good spill, but they love a good barrier bunny-hop too. Rather than hitting a shin-level barrier at mach 2, slow your bike to a manageable speed with the Avid Shorty 4 Brake, and avoid ending your day in traction. The Shorty 4's cartridge pads are center-mounted to eliminate dreaded fork shudder when it's time to grab that fistful of brake.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dubthang a Cross Country Rider from Portland, Maine

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2009

Strengths:    Great stopping power, good looks, good price

Weaknesses:    The stradle cable is junk

Bottom Line:   
I have the newest style (look like Machine Techs) of Shorty 4's. They are great brakes for the money. They are not super light, but they are very solid. Brake pad setup can be a little bit of a challenge because they use threaded pads. The stradle cable is garbage. It is of the old Shimano design in that one side is of a fixed length. This makes taking off the wheels difficult, and doesn't give you the best braking power possible. I set mine up with an old set of Onza Chill Pills, and they work so much better. Can't go wrong with these brakes. I'd give them a 5 in the overall rating if they came with a better stradle cable setup.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   Deore, LX, Machine Tech, Tektro, and Alivio cantis.
Avid, and Shimano V's.

Bike Setup:   old school xc - '93 Bianchi running the new style of Shorty

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tricross a Racer from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2008

Strengths:    Good stopping power, choice of two transverse cables

Weaknesses:    Squishy feel

Bottom Line:   
This is a review of the Avid Shorty 6 brakes. My Specialized TriCross came with Shimano low-profile cantilevers and Shimano 105 brake levers. The brakes were the only thing about the TriCross that disappointed me. Today I replaced the brakes with Avid Shorty 6's. The Avids are better than the Shimanos. The Avids come with two transverse cables, long and short. (The Shimano transverse cable is medium length.) The short cable is for maximum stopping power, but is "grabby" and squishy at the brake lever. The long cable feels more solid and gives better control but is less powerful. I tried both. With the long cable the Avids stopped somewhat better than the Shimanos, not a huge difference but noticeable. With the short cables the Avids stop much better than the Shimanos. I can easily do a "nosie" with the front brake, and the rear brake locks the wheel easily. I don't want to lock the rear wheel so I settled on the long cable in back, short cable in front. Both brakes feel squishy compared to the Avid Single Digit 7 linear pull brakes on my mountain bike, but the brakes stop well. Specialized should have put disc brakes on the TriCross, but this is acceptable. I tried Tektro mini-BMX linear pulls but they didn't work with the Shimano 105 brake levers.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Specialized TriCross

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MoonsOfJupiter a Cross Country Rider from Alexandria

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2008

Strengths:    Easy to install, works great on the front with Shimano 105 road levers. I will be replacing some Control Tech cantis on the rear with these as well.

Weaknesses:    None for bike path use -- I'd still want V-brakes or disc brakes for off-road.

Bottom Line:   
Best inexpensive traditional Canti I can find in 2008.

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco SP

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Harris Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Diacomp 986, Deore LX/XT, Control Tech, Avid Tri-align

Bike Setup:   '91 Trek 6000 mtb with Nitto mustache bars and Shimano 105 levers. 1x7 (11:28) drive train. Sun Tour XC pro R. Deraileur/Shifter/Headset, Sugino cranks (42T)

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