by Clifford Lee

Paul’s Components introduced a new mini-linear pull brake, the MiniMoto, at NAHBS 2012 in Sacramento.  A beautiful alternative to cantilevers for cyclocross and competing directly with the TRP CX 8.4 mini V-brake, the new MiniMoto brake has asymmetrically curved arms that are about 84 mm from the pivot to the cable anchor and use Paul’s famous sealed pivot bushing and adjustable spring tension on each arm. They come complete with a special cable  noodle with a barrel adjuster at the top.  The pivot for the noodle is manufactured for Paul Components by Paragon Machine Works in Richmond, CA.

Paul's new MiniMoto mini V-brake adds to Paul's cyclocross brake options. © Kevin White

Paul's new MiniMoto mini V-brake adds to Paul's cyclocross sealed-bushing brake options. © Kevin White

The new brake offers drop bar cyclists a new alternative to to cantilevers, an easy way to avoid front fork chatter, and should work with Shimano’s Super SLR STI levers as well as SRAM DoubleTap, Campagnolo Ergopower and older Shimano STI and brake levers.

With sealed bushings, the brake should be well-suited to the typical foul-weather conditions of cyclocross. However, as with some other V-brakes, pad clearance could be an issue for wheel removal. Mounted on a Retrotec, the MiniMoto’s long Kool Stop V-brake pads did not clear the fork, which could make wheel removal with high-volume tires an issue on some forks.

The brake will be available in April and will retail for $129 per brake.  Paul Components did not have a final weight for the new brake.

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