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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 3:50 pm 
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Location: Oklahoma
Just wondering what brakes the rest of you use on your Crosshairs and if you're happy with your choice. I'm looking at Avid Shorty 4 or 6 but I've seen on other forums they have a tendancy to squeal. That would drive me crazy.
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 Post subject: Crosshair brakes
PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:33 am 
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Location: Oklahoma
I have had poor luck with the Avid brakes squealing myself. I have had good luck with the Shimano BR-R550 cantis and the Tektro Minis(926a or something like that) which is a short arm V brake that works with road levers. bikeman.com has them!


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 Post subject: Avid Shorty's
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 12:39 pm 
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Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Avid's work fine if you set them up right :shock:
It is important that the front edge of the pad leads the rear. I use either a thin match or a small cable tie (1-2 mm thickness). Set it up with your tire OFF the rim so you can see the position of the pad on the rim. This is an iterative process - expect it to take 30-45 minutes. Get things close - then use a velcro strap to tighten the brake with the lever onto the rim while holding the 1-2 mm spacer in place. You loosen the pad, make sure it is contacting the rim and then tighten. Works like a champ. New pads can squeal - so get out and ride! :!:
Spend some time here:
http://www.cyclocrossworld.com/Tech.cfm

Cheers and squeal free braking!

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 Post subject: Avids
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 7:24 pm 
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Location: anch ak
I like the Avids Shorty 6. They are strong and light.With Mavic Open Pros,they can't be beat. Set up is vital.Take your time and they will perform muddy or dusty.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 9:14 am 
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Location: Southampton UK
Running old school Pauls Cantis on my Christmas present Crosshairs. Only ridden it 40 mins on Christmas day and they seem to work OK.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 1:48 pm 
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Location: Wauwatosa, WI
I'm running the last edition of the Shimano XT's. Work great with the Sachs Ergo levers. I had been using V's with a travel agent but didn't care for them.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 6:02 am 
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Paul Components touring cantis work great.


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 Post subject: tektro oryx
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 1:59 pm 
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Location: Palo Alto, CA
I've had good luck with the Tektro Oryx brakes and Kool Stop Salmon mtb pads (threaded posts) on my touring frame. The stock brake pads are not great.

Tektro seems to make decent quality knockoffs at a good price...though I definitely would love some Pauls one day.


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 Post subject: Tektro = crap
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:10 pm 
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Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
When you can buy Avid's with Rim Wrangler pad for $7.50 a wheel on e-bay why buy Tektro? I threw all of those I had away - they are about useless if you actually need brakes (emergency stop - like an unexpected cliff! :shock:

email me and I'll hook you up with this guy.
Happy braking!

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 Post subject: tektro oryx
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 4:05 pm 
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hmm.. not sure which Tektros you've used, but the Oryx model works well and doesn't squeal (though the stock pads aren't great, as I mentioned) . I have them set up with pretty standard Shimano aero brake levers (Tiagra level).

http://www.lickbike.com/productpage.asp ... ='1255-00'


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