V-Brake Boosters – Which One?
Being a luddite, and having had a nightmare with discs, I’m running V-brakes on my MTB. My forks flex more than I’d like under heavy braking so I’m thinking an old-skool booster might be a way to go. I’d like to minimise weight so wondered how the ‘thermoplastic’ version at CRC might perform? The reviews on the site look ok but at the end of the day it’s plastic – http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=8215
CRC also do one designed for Magura brakes – anyone know if it would fit with my XTR v-brake? http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=9447Posted 7 years agoZedsdeadMember
Some older frames would flex a lot when used with V brakes as the forces were acting in a different way and they were more powerful than the old canti’s. My Wicked Fat was very bad. The brace does it’s job and stops this. The brake doesn’t really feel any different or better but I have piece of mind as it was so bad I was worried I would eventually break a boss off.Posted 7 years agoRadiomanSubscriber
Brake boosters did improve braking performance quite a bit on the rear of flexy frames. In the good ol’ days you had to really pull on the v brake levers especially in the wet and mud and you could visibly see the stays moving. Thats partly why frame builders introduced inwardly curving seatstays to stiffen them up. I have the old shimano carbon thingy too…it worked quite well but i remember it as another thing for mud to collect on. Disk brakes were such a big step forward!!Posted 7 years agonicko74Member
Yup, on the rear boosters used to work – I had one on my ’98 Spesh Rockhopper because you could actually see the seatstays flexing as you pulled on the v-brakes.
Never tried one on the front; it was around the time of Z1 BAMs, and I figured the bracing on that was probably sufficient…Posted 7 years ago
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