help me decide!
:skep:ontherun said:Cantilever. For me there is not much to decide, It's just a simpler mechanism with much less things to go wrong.
Yes, different "pulls", as A.S. said. But it isn`t really very complicated- with only a few exceptions, levers made for drop bars (slightly larger diameter than flat bars) will work with "roadie" sidepulls and with old style straddle wire cantis. Those levers include the brifters that come on most new road bikes (STI, Campy Ergo, and SRAM Doubletap). Old mtb levers, from pre V-brake days have the same pull as road levers. Most new mtb levers work for mechanical discs and for V-brakes (same pull for each of those) and many mtb levers can be quickly and easilly switched from one "pull" to the other. None of my Avids or Tektros are switchable, although the adjustable pull on SD7s comes close enough that I`m using it for the wrong brakes on one bike and haven`t had any incedents yet. I`m pretty sure that all Shimano mtb levers can be switched- somebody please correct me if I`m wrong. If in doubt, check the product specs- Long Pull is for Vs or mechanical discs, Short Pull is for straddle cantis or sidepulls.tw3nty9er said:I guess I assumed that any lever would work. which goes with which? also, does one have more power that the other? does one perform better in the snow?
That's what I should asked about.jonzinmj said:I used to hate cantis and then I worked on my wife's that came on her new touring bike. Newer canti's, like the shimanos are awesome. The springs are much easier to adjust. Personally, while V's brake harder, I think canti's look a little classier and they're easier to set up with a rack/fenders.
????AlliKat said:Every canti needed to be touched every 1-3 rides. Most of their mechanisms were flaky and wore out too. (diacompe, shimano, scott, etc suntour)
Bars or levers? For the bars, it`s like finding a saddle that you like- there are a lot of differences and everyone has his or her own "right" bar. Dropbar levers for cantis are almost imposible to miss. As far as I know the only ones that WON`T work are Tektro 287V and some Cane Creek model that`s apparently a cosmetically upgraded version of those Tektros.tw3nty9er said:when i go canti's in the future I'll want to add drop bars w/ the appropriate levers. do you guys have any recommendations for these?
If the bike fits you with flat bars, it most likely won't with drops. They change the reach by quite a lot. If it's too small with flats, it might work.tw3nty9er said:when i go canti's in the future I'll want to add drop bars w/ the appropriate levers. do you guys have any recommendations for these?