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I really like them. TRP Mini V 8.4 with Shimano Ultegra 9-speed levers on alloy rims. Stopping power is great and I'm able to adjust them out to give me quite a bit of pad clearance. For example, my rear Velocity A23 rim is bent way out of true but I'm able to use it anyway with pretty good pad clearance. (I'm building a new rear wheel in January with a better HED rim).
I rode disc brakes for a year and found them to require a lot of maintenance and cleaning during the muddy/sandy parts of the year. Riding Mini-Vs gave me no problems even on long sand runs and extremely muddy courses.
I also rode a few races on a friend's carbon rims with carbon pads. Stopping was nowhere near as good as on alloy rims, but I understand that to be normal for carbon. I'm nervous to ride carbon in a CX race...I think I would tend to baby step it out of fear of breaking the rims.
So I'm really happy with the Mini-Vs on alloy rims and that's my plan from here on out. I'm building some HED Belgium tubular rims on Chris King hubs, which I think will be my ideal wheelset for cyclocross.
How do you like the Mini V's? I have heard that they are a happy medium between cantis's and discs.
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