Just wondering what people are riding in melb at the moment as I am trying to bring some cross componets into the country and I was wondering how many of us are out there. Also intrested in orgainsing some group rides if people are up for it. I am selling a 55cm merida cross frame as well if anyone is thinking about dipping there toes.
Empella frogglegs paired with Avid SD5 levers (I don’t use drop bars). Crap braking power, hard to adjust but lots of mud clearance and looks good. You will have to define perfect. Cantis are not designed to have good braking … just enough to scrub speed. Those that do have good braking usually don’t have as much mud clearance.
My ideal canti setup would be Campag record carbon levers and Pauls component touring canti’s… both light and well made, but I dont have the cash…
I’m using tektro levers (very similar to Snowflakes Cane Creeks) and Shimano r550 cantis… both work well.
Cantis do take a bit of setting up… can be set firm or soft… sometimes it’s not an exact art as I have been trying to set up some old XTR cantis on my retro mtb recently… currently on my third effort Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllll…!
Normal V brakes (long arm MTB style) will work with a cable travel converter (which I dont like) or with a lever which pulls enough cable for v’s… only one drop bar lever that I know of, which I think is made by Diacompe (unfortunately I dont like the lever shape, I’m a bit fussy)
What do you need brakes for anyway… they only slow you down…