Paul Components Touring Cantilever
Your quest for the holy grail of touring cantilevers is finally over. The Touring Cantilever from Paul Components is a powerful cantilever brake with a similar design to the Neo-Retro, but with the arms angled upward. This gives the brake a much narrower profile without significantly reducing stopping power. The narrower profile of the Touring Canti can be desirable if you're riding with large panniers or if your current brakes don't give you enough heel or calf clearance.The arms of the Touring Canti are machined from lightweight 6061 aluminum. Their T-shaped cross section prevents the brake from flexing too much under load. The brake pads mount to slots in the arms that allow for vertical positioning. The toe-in and angle can be fine tuned thanks to the spherical washers on the brake pads' threaded posts.
Like all of Paul Components' brakes, the Touring Canti has a sealed pivot mechanism. Rubber seals and a stainless steel bushing keep the brake arms turning smoothly no matter what you're riding through. The spring tension can be adjusted in both pivots to center the brake and to adjust the strength of the return swing.
The Touring Canti comes with pivots pre-greased and with all necessary hardware.
- Sold individually
- Includes straddle wire and hanger
- Works with road levers and short pull MTB levers
- Material: 6061 Aluminum
- Claimed Weight: 99g/each
- Cable Pull: Short Pull
- Brake Pads: Salmon Koolstop Thinline
- Made in the USA
PROS: Attractive Design, Great Stopping Power, Durable
CONS: Bit Difficult To Setup
BEST USES: Loaded touring, Loaded Commuting
PROS: Attractive Design, Durable, Lightweight, Easy To Install
BEST USES: Road Biking, Casual Riding, Upgrade
PROS: Easy To Install, Attractive Design
BEST USES: Casual Riding, Upgrade, commuting
Glad I did because they are easy to use and look great on my Gunnar. Breaking power is very strong once you find that sweet spot.
PROS: Functional, Easy To Install, Lightweight, Highly Adjustable, Durable, Attractive Design
BEST USES: Upgrade, Touring, Road Biking
That said, these are nicely made brakes and are lightweight with nearly infinite return spring adjustment (similar to Suntour XC pro cantilevers from the 1980's). Like other modern high-quality cantilevers (including linear-pull) they pivot on sealed sleeves instead of directly on the frame's brake bosses. This makes for longer service life with less play. Paul's makes available plenty of service parts so if something wears out or breaks you'll be able to replace it.
Most cyclocrossers will run the Paul Neo Retro in the front and the low-profile Touring cantilever in the back. (This is from the belief that the Neo Retro's are more powerful-- they are NOT, the low-profile Touring canti's are!)
I personally run the Neo-Retro in the front and the Touring in the back, but I'd rather mount the Touring in the front as well.
In any configuration the Paul cantilevers are as powerful as any "old school" cantilever that I've ever used. For even better performance, install Kool-Stop's "Cyclocross Pads" brake pads.
Superfluous style considerations aside, these make excellent additions to a classic steel cycocross bike build.
PROS: Stylish, Lightweight, Easy To Install, Powerful
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