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Avid Shorty Ultimate Front Cantilever Brake

by Avid
17 customer reviews

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About the Product

  • Can be set up with wide or narrow stance
  • Straddle cable has in-line adjuster and quick release
  • Brake shoes use standard road pads
  • Open design promotes mud clearance
  • Pad height is adjustable

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Avid Shorty Ultimate Front Cantilever Brake (Black) + Jagwire Cable End Crimps 1.8 mm Gold, Black, Red, 30ea
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Product Description

The name says it all, and the Avid Shorty Ultimate Cyclocross Brake Set is just that. You can have lightweight, adjustability, and the sure stopping power of Avid brakes. The Ultimate Brake Set has more than a few details that we really appreciate. Firstly, they use standard road brake pads. As you may expect, they'll be easy to replace as every bike shop will have something to get you back on course if you have the need. Secondly, the arms are width adjustable to accommodate slight differences in stud placement on your cyclocross frame or fork and to ensure that you have proper heel clearance for the rear brake. The Shorty Ultimate Brakes also have a built-in tension adjuster and an easy-to-use quick release on the straddle cable.Aside from all of that, the Avid Shorty Ultimate Cyclocross Brake Set looks trick enough to do the mid '90s CNC cottage industry proud. They come as a set with both front and rear brakes and are available in Black/red or Grey/black.

Product Features

  • Material: aluminum
  • Type: cantilever
  • Mount Type: stud
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  • Weight: 115 g
  • Recommended Use: cyclocross
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  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004HNRT5K
  • Item model number: BR1-Avid Shorty-COLOR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,943 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Gregory on March 17, 2011
Size: FrontColor: Black Verified Purchase
After years of dealing with weak brake performance on my CX bike, I heard some reviews of these on the net, and I have to say they are as good as caliper road brakes. Very good design, very good feel. I would not have wanted to descend a mountain on my old Shimano cantis, but these are everything. And all screeching is gone. These are the best. I first just bought the front ones as a test, but immediately order the rear ones after a single ride.
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Size: FrontColor: Black Verified Purchase
I bought both the front and back so the review is for both. These are some of the nicest looking Cantilever brakes I've seen. I'm not too mechanical but was able to install them and adjust them myself (so far so good). Nice and easy to control and fade. I'm sure it doesn't have the same stopping power as disc, but if you pulled hard enough it'll lock your tires just the same. Anyways, why would you ever want to stop on a dime if you're travelling at a decent pace? You know you'd just flip over if you did that. One star off for being so darn expensive.
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Size: FrontColor: Black Verified Purchase
I love these brakes, but had a problem setting up the rear brakes because there was a little bit of paint on one of the brake posts. This resulted in the brake not sitting correctly or returning to position. I set up the front brakes on my own, but took the bike to the shop to have them set up the rear brakes. Everything works like a charm now and I have had no problems over two seasons of cyclocross racing.
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By Maneki Neko on August 7, 2014
Size: FrontColor: Black Verified Purchase
Great cantilever brake! Powerful and responsive. Had some difficulty with installation, but then again, I'm not that mechanically inclined. The cost of these brakes might put you off, but if you are tired of wimpy OEM cantilevers, then you will be more than happy with these!! (Besides, they are really cool looking).
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Size: FrontColor: Black Verified Purchase
Bought these for my cyclocross bike and they now brake like I wished they had years ago. Probably the best option short of making the jump to discs. These are very popular brakes among the cyclocross racing crowd and are well tested and known to be great brakes. Highly recommend!
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By Robert Cawthorne on February 10, 2013
Size: FrontColor: Black Verified Purchase
Can't beat the quality or stopping power of these brakes! Not a fan of the new disk brake "revolution" (none the top 10 elite men had disk brakes at cyclocross worlds this year).
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By kurt schneider on December 15, 2013
Size: FrontColor: Black Verified Purchase
Rather easy installation process, and much better braking than the stock units that came with the bike. Very happy with the purchase, and their performance.
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Size: FrontColor: Black Verified Purchase
Very easy to install..and is adjustable ...it make my braking quet and smoother braking..!!!!i use this brake on my singlcross tricross it fit perfect...
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