Dia-Compe Mini V review

V-brakes provide greater stopping power than cantilever brakes but if used with normal-pull STI or Ergopower, their requirement for a greater pull of cable results in a sensation at the lever akin to grasping a sponge.

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
£11.99 RRP
Shorter arms don't address lack of feel.

Our review

They don't work as well as they should with standard brake levers
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V-brakes provide greater stopping power than cantilever brakes but if used with normal-pull STI or Ergopower, their requirement for a greater pull of cable results in a sensation at the lever akin to grasping a sponge.

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Dia-Compe claims that the shorter arms address this but in practice we felt that they still lack incisive feel at the lever and that they only felt right when partnered with the Dia- Compe 287 levers.

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The arms aren’t quite long enough to provide sufficient mud clearance for 34mm cyclo-cross tyres such as Michelin’s Cyclocross 2, though there is ample clearance for a bike fitted with touring tyres and mudguards.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Dia-Compe Mini V
Brand Dia-Compe

Description Price and weight are per pair
Weight (g) 382
Bike Compatability BMX
Available Colours Black/Silver
Front/Rear Caliper Front Rear
Rim/Disc Rim
Brake Caliper Type V-Brake