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I switched to mini-v brakes, then to cantis. The mini-v brakes worked well, but I had a few issues. Here's what I found. Do mini v-brakes have to sit closer to the rim? Will this cause me to slow down more when my wheel goes through an inch or two of mud? Yes, the mini-v brakes pads sat closer to the rim in resting position, and since my rim was a ...


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Correctly set up V brakes don't make feathering any harder or easier than correctly set up cantilevers. What you give up with V brakes is clearance--for things like mud. If you ride in dry conditions, the V brake is likely superior. If you ride a CX bike mostly on road or gravel, the V brake is likely superior. If you ride in gloppy sticky mud, a ...


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Your current top tube, seat tube and head tube only give scratch the surface of bike fitting. Your proportions, seat tube angle, BB drop and frame stack are also important factors to getting a great fig. Caveat aside, 10mm in a bike's reach is relatively easy difference to accommodate by changing: stack height (spacers or flipping the stem) shorter reach ...


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If you ride a lot of steep hills and want to spare your knees you can have road shifters in the front and use a long cage RD and use a larger mountain cassette in the back. I've done this mixed set up with both SRAM Force (double) and Shimano Ultegra triple road gearing in the front and cage RD's in the back with mountain cassettes in 10 speed. I had a ...


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Not much difference in ride from carbon to Cr-Mo. Over 13km not much of a factor. The carbon is going to be lighter, more expensive, and less durable. Same bike on a budget I would go Cr-Mo. You list two different styles of bikes and a purebred road bike in a comment. Pick the style of bike first. I don't think purebred road bike is the right bike for ...



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