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Avid Shorty 4 Cantilever Brake Set - Black


    Avid Shorty 4 Cantilever Brake Set - Black

    Hear the cheering of the crowds? Check out the black version of the Avid Shorty 4 brake set and see what the excitement is all about.

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    Item # 793549

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    • Rim brakes feature Avid time-tested pads and hardware; new arm design reduces vibration and is lighter than ever
    • Made of forged aluminum for stiffness and strength
    • Force Vector Alignment™ improves performance, efficiency and control
    • Separate sleeve ensures consistent performance regardless of the brake boss
    • Linear spring ensures positive spring rate, just like side-pull brakes
    • Screw-style spring adjuster accommodates easy brake centering
    • Includes 1 brake set that can be used on either front or rear


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    Avid Shorty 4 Cantilever Brake Set - Black Specs
    Best use
    Mountain biking
    Rim brake
    176 grams
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    Avid Shorty 4 Cantilever Brake Set - Black

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    Rated 3.0/5 based on 2 reviews
    Rated 2out of5
    by fromNot the best for a touring bike I got these for a Surly Long Haul Trucker I built up for touring. I needed cantilever breaks, as opposed to a linear pull, because I needed them to work with road brake levers; my second criteria was that they had to be low profile enough not to interfere with the rear panniers. And, of course, they needed to be able to stop a loaded touring bike. Unfortunately, these breaks didn't cut it. While they met my first two criteria, they just aren't strong enough to provide the adequate stopping power. I tried using the medium and long straddle cables (the short one wouldn't clear the fenders) and I even tried upgrading to Avid Rim Wrangler pads. They got a bit better, but still it took a lot of force to slow the bike even when unloaded. I've since installed Tektro's linear pull compatible aero levers and switched to linear pull breaks. Too bad, these looked cool. These may work out for cyclo cross or other applications, but I wouldn't recommend them for a touring bike.
    Date published: 2010-08-23
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromworks for me I'm the casual/recreational bike rider, I simply needed to replace the cantilever brakes on my older Mountain Bike. Being the "trial and error" fix it myself type, i ordered these and have been very satisfied. the grip is amazing and the stopping power is works for my needs. I'm going to order another set for my rear brakes. My only con is that it took me awhile to align the brakes, just so, but that would most likely be due to my novice as a bike repair man.
    Date published: 2013-03-12

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