Cantilever Brakes - replacement

Jenkins

Legendary Member
Location
Felixstowe
I've had it with the cantilever brakes (Tektro Oryx apparently) on my Kona Jake CX. I've tried various pads and set them up toed in, toed out, flat contact and on various wheels but no matter what they screech horribly at even the lightest application at the front.

The only thing left (until I can afford a Pickenflick from Planet X later in the year) is to change the brakes themselves. All I want is a cheap option so can I use any cantilever such as the Avid Shorties or do they have to be of a specific design?
 

mrandmrspoves

Middle aged bald git.
Location
Narfuk
Cantilever bosses are universally placed so any set should work.
 

Spiderweb

Not So Special One
Location
North Yorkshire
You could replace them with V brakes, I plan on doing this on my CX bike as the cantilevers I have, although set up correctly are just not very powerful.
 

mrandmrspoves

Middle aged bald git.
Location
Narfuk
You could replace them with V brakes, I plan on doing this on my CX bike as the cantilevers I have, although set up correctly are just not very powerful.
A well worth upgrade - but if you have dropped bars you need to factor in that the brake levers do not pull enough cable so you would need a multiplier adapter. No problem if you have flat bars.
 

Poacher

Gravitationally challenged member
Location
Nottingham
A well worth upgrade - but if you have dropped bars you need to factor in that the brake levers do not pull enough cable so you would need a multiplier adapter. No problem if you have flat bars.
or new brake levers, e.g. Tektro RL520 (~£17), Diacompe 287 (~£30) or Cane Creek V brakelevers (~£50).
I have Tektro levers on my Spa tourer, and they work very well with Avid single digit 7s. They don't shift gears, though :sad:.
 
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Jenkins

Jenkins

Legendary Member
Location
Felixstowe
I'm currently using Kool Stop Salmons, but everything else I've tried screeched just as badly.
 

mrandmrspoves

Middle aged bald git.
Location
Narfuk
Thanks all, I'm hoping to do this as cheap as possible so the change to V brakes is out and a cheap replacement cantilever will be sourced.
As you want as cheap as possible, pm me your address and I will sling a set in the post for you. Probably Shimano - but I am not sure what I have in my spares boxes. No cost - sling a few £ in a charity box.
 
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Jenkins

Jenkins

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Location
Felixstowe
As you want as cheap as possible, pm me your address and I will sling a set in the post for you. Probably Shimano - but I am not sure what I have in my spares boxes. No cost - sling a few £ in a charity box.
Thanks for the offer, but I've just ordered some Tektros at Planet X while I was getting a bottom bracket for a different bike
 
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