Canti's: Acera > XTR
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    Canti's: Acera > XTR

    I drop kicked my useless Avid Shorty 4's recently. I just picked up this XTR canti on Ebay and I stole an Acera canti from my dads 10 year old rigid mountain bike. I've got them both set up very well. I never even knew you could get such good stopping power from a cantilever. I'm impressed.

    I, however, cannot tell any difference between the Acera and the XTR. The Acera was much cheaper thus I consider it superior.

    So if you need some new canti's and can find some Shimano Acera canti's for el cheapo, then don't be discouraged. They are great brakes. I actually like cantilever brakes now.

    I'm using kool stop canti pads.



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    I, however, cannot tell any difference between the Acera and the XTR.

    Put a pair of STX RC and a pair of XT cantis of the same vintage side-by-side, and I'll challenge you to point out a single functional difference. The XTs might look better, but I guarantee I can set up the STXs to stop just as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Walrus
    I, however, cannot tell any difference between the Acera and the XTR.

    Put a pair of STX RC and a pair of XT cantis of the same vintage side-by-side, and I'll challenge you to point out a single functional difference. The XTs might look better, but I guarantee I can set up the STXs to stop just as well.
    The geometries should be the same, so basically, yer paying for finish and slightly better bolts/etc.

    Now for real 'cool points' find yerself some Mafacs! (I've got a set in the box o' fun that I haven't gotten around to installing yet.)

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    I've moved back to NoVA. PLEASE change the weather!

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    After dealing with the Graftons that I inherited on a Bianchi RC 'crosser, I'm not ready to tangle with anything else that would earn me "cool points", for a while. I'd always thought Shimano cantis established some sort of perverse gold standard for being a PITA to set up, but these really were in a class by themselves. They work well, finally, but many's the time I was all set to tear 'em off and put some Avid Squealies on....

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