One of the annual traditions of Cyclocross Magazine is reflecting back on a year filled with reviewing products and award those that struck us as the best of the best in the realms of cyclocross, gravel and cycling gear. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be releasing all of the awards one day at a time. Be sure to keep checking back to see what products are most worth your hard-earned dollars. Issue 28 also has the Editors’ Awards and the Readers’ Choice awards, so be sure to order your backcopy today, which is also available on Uberflip, in the App Store on iTunes, and on Google Play for Android.

Although we technically give out the Best Cantilever Brake Award every year in our Editors’ Choice Award selection, this year we hit the brakes on rigid definitions, allowing a linear pull brake to take the award of the redefined Best Rim Brake. The decision went to Paul Components’ MiniMoto.

The Mini-Moto v-brake continues to sell well, according to Paul, and now comes in a new color every month. Paul Components, Interbike 2013. © Cyclocross Magazine

The Mini-Moto V-Brake is the Editors’ Choice for best Rim Brake. © Cyclocross Magazine

Linear pull brakes offer more power and modulation with easier setup and no change in the mechanical as the pads wear. The ultimate downside is pad-to-rim clearance if sticky mud abounds. The Paul MiniMoto is beautifully US mad eand is easy to set up and adjust. It provides exemplary response to the rider at the lever.

Paul MiniMoto Cyclocross Mini V-Brake Specs:

Weight: 86 grams arms alone with mounting bolts only, 150g complete.
Geometry: 84mm pivot to cable anchor point
Clearance: 7mm cable pull moves pads 1.5mm each side (total 3mm pad movement)
MSRP: $125/wheel
Country of Origin: United States of America
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Be sure to keep checking back to our Readers’ and Editors’ Award Pages for day by day updates.