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I am rebuilding a 93(?) Hard Rock. I had a lot of parts hanging around collecting dust, so. I do not have any cantilever brakes, or a head set. Nor do I know which cantis or threaded head set is a good one.

I have a 985 28 - 40 crank, 970 front and rear derailleurs, XT 756 and 770 hubs, thumb shifters. I ordered, Alex adventure 2 rims, (rim brake Tubeless,) XT 10 speed cassette 11 -36, (34 would fit the 970 better,) new cables and housing.

I am bring the old garage queen back to life.
Could use advice on rim brakes of good quality, and a head set.

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Checked on avid V brakes, liner pull brakes, out of stock, ??
Xt liner pull brakes have only front in stock and not rear.
Can't roll smooth all the time.

Do linear pull brakes stop a little better than cantis?

I was planning to get a canti rack. If I recall correctly, V brake and canti racks do not play well together.
 

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Checked on avid V brakes, liner pull brakes, out of stock, ??
Xt liner pull brakes have only front in stock and not rear.
Can't roll smooth all the time.

Do linear pull brakes stop a little better than cantis?

I was planning to get a canti rack. If I recall correctly, V brake and canti racks do not play well together.
Well set-up cantis can stop as well as v-brakes, but the v-brakes are typically easier to set up. If you have access to a bike co-op or shop with used parts you should be able to find decent used brakes. I would suggest new pads if you get a set of used brakes. For cantilevers, I have had good luck with 1st generation Shimano XTR M-900 and DiaCompe 986. I am not sure what a cantilever rack is.
 

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They sell $85, $115 stainless canti racks, but a $20 aluminum canti rack is light and lasts at least a couple of years, at half the weight of the expensive name brand stainless rack. Stainless canti rack weighs about 1 pound, and is strong and will last a few years or more.

The canti rack allows a much larger and heavier bar bag. combined with a frame bag, a touring cyclist should be able to travel about the place without a rear rack, or back pack. Also good for trips to the grocery store. I am referring to a home made do it yourself bar bag.

Might be hard to find Shimano XTR M-900 cantis in good shape.
Well set-up cantis can stop as well as v-brakes, but the v-brakes are typically easier to set up. If you have access to a bike co-op or shop with used parts you should be able to find decent used brakes. I would suggest new pads if you get a set of used brakes. For cantilevers, I have had good luck with 1st generation Shimano XTR M-900 and DiaCompe 986. I am not sure what a cantilever rack is.
 

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They sell $85, $115 stainless canti racks, but a $20 aluminum canti rack is light and lasts at least a couple of years, at half the weight of the expensive name brand stainless rack. Stainless canti rack weighs about 1 pound, and is strong and will last a few years or more.

The canti rack allows a much larger and heavier bar bag. combined with a frame bag, a touring cyclist should be able to travel about the place without a rear rack, or back pack. Also good for trips to the grocery store. I am referring to a home made do it yourself bar bag.
OK. I've seen those and have several friends with them. Not sure why they wouldn't work with v-brakes.
 

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OK. I've seen those and have several friends with them. Not sure why they wouldn't work with v-brakes.
The cantis fit underneath the rack, the v brakes bump into the rack.
A canti rack can interfere with the v brake performance.
 

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This is awesome! I was just working on my 93? 94? Hardrock this morning, and realized my cantis are all buggered up. I'll be following closely...
Here's my baby, I've been on this one longer than I've been with my wife!

The old beast is in the midst of being reborn, many changes to come!
 

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