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Shorty Ultimate Cantilever Brake

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The ultimate cyclocross brake.

Avid's Shorty Ultimate Cantilever Brakes come with one of two preset arm configurations: wide and narrow. The narrow stance model provides greater stopping power, won't catch legs during dismounts and remounts, and, if you're planning to use this brake on your touring bike, won't interfere with your rack. The wide stance version, meanwhile, has awesome mud clearance for use on demanding 'cross courses. Most riders prefer the wide version on their front wheel and the narrow stance version in the rear, but the brakes can be run in any combination or configuration.

With an in-line cable adjuster and quick release for adjustability. Arm width can be adjusted to accommodate various fork designs, and each brake comes with standard road cartridge pads for straightforward replacement.

Aluminum arms with black anodized finish and red accents. Sold individually in either Wide (Front) or Narrow (Rear) versions. 115 grams each.


Weight: 115 grams


Brake Type: Cantilever/V-Brake 


Brake Pad Type: Caliper - Shimano/SRAM 

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A better canti
by Webchem
Competitive Racer
Atlanta, GA
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I just started racing CX, and was unpleasantly surprised at how pathetic canti brakes were, or at least the stock pair that came with my low-end CX bike. I upgraded the front to the Avid Shorty because it seemed like most of the pictures I saw in the magazines showed them on the pro's bikes. They are definitely more powerful and a good bit lighter. Their adjustability lets you dial them in exactly the way you want. The only complaint I have is the style of pad keeper, which is a bit of a pain to use compared to the simple screw used on most road bikes. Still, a worthwhile upgrade if you're sticking with cantis.

Reviewed 12/23/2013
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Best Cantilever I've ever Ridden
by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
Seattle, WA
8 of 8 customers found this review helpful.

This is easily the best cantilever brake I've ever ridden. It's VERY easy to set up, as long as you have the right tools. Add to that, the braking power and modulation are both very good, largely, I would assume, because of the stiffness of the system. It only requires a tiny bit of toe-in to stop the canti squeal, maybe a credit card width. All that said, it's expensive, but after years of awful and mediocre cantilevers, I'm glad to say I've found one I can say is actually worth the money.

Tools needed You'll need 6 separate tools to set it up - 2.5mm, 3mm and 4mm hex wrenches, a torx T10 (if you want to change the arm width), a 15mm wrench (seems it was designed with the park tool cone wrench in mind), and of course, a cable cutter. I believe that's double the one I took off to replace.

Reviewed 2/24/2012
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