September 12, 2010
TRP EuroX Cantilever Brake Set Review
Pros: Virtually impossible to lock up the wheels - although I can lock up the back wheel if I try hard enough. No danger of going over the handlebars.
Cons: The grip of death required to brake for a sharp corner when I let the bike run on a downhill can affect my bike handling significantly. But who wants to start scrubbing free speed too soon? You gotta let the bike go in that situation.
I also found that these brakes resulted in excessive brake chatter, the bane of cyclocross bikes. If the rim was sandy or dirty, they worked OK. But get a bit of water on the rim (or clean your bike) and the brakes really started to chatter. It might help if I could adjust toe-in, but you can't with these brakes - unless you want to bend them which probably voids any warranty.
Bottom line: I really don't think this style of cantilever brake is all that great - I don't like them. I'm told it clears mud the best of all cross brake designs, but it doesn't work that well in the braking department. If you have a very big problem with mud, then I guess they may be a good option. But mud isn't a big deal here and I'm currently experimenting with another brake style that I think makes these obsolete. I will post a review when I get a chance to race on them.
Update Aug 21, 2012 - Lots of better options - try this and this for non-disk brakes.