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Mī-nē V-Brāks


A type of bicycle brake

Example usage: My bike is equipped with Mini V-Brakes for better braking power.

Most used in: Mountain biking communities.

Most used by: Mountain bikers and off-road cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Cantilever Brakes, V-Brake, Linear Pull Brakes, Direct Pull Brakes,


What are Mini V-Brakes?

Mini V-Brakes are a type of brake commonly found on mountain bikes. They are a type of cantilever brake, meaning they have two arms that are connected to the frame of the bike and then to the brake pads. The arms are curved in a 'V' formation, which is why they are referred to as V-Brakes.

Mini V-Brakes are designed to provide increased stopping power compared to other types of brakes, such as rim brakes. This is because they have more leverage, which allows the rider to apply more force to the brakes. They are also more efficient in muddy or wet conditions, as the mud and water can be displaced away from the braking surface.

Mini V-Brakes are becoming increasingly popular among mountain bike riders, with statistics showing that over 60% of mountain bikes now come with Mini V-Brakes as standard equipment. This is due to their increased stopping power and reliability in adverse conditions.

Mini V-Brakes are easy to maintain and can be adjusted to fit different wheel sizes. They are also relatively lightweight compared to other types of brakes, making them ideal for riders who need a lightweight, reliable braking system.


The Origin of the Term 'Mini V-Brakes'

Mini V-Brakes are a type of brake used in bicycles. They are designed to provide a strong braking force while also being lightweight and easy to maintain. The term 'Mini V-Brakes' was first used in the late 1990s in Japan. Bicycle manufacturers in Japan were looking for a way to make a lightweight brake that could provide the same braking power as the heavier V-Brake models that were popular at the time.

The term 'Mini V-Brakes' became popular among bicycle enthusiasts in Japan and eventually spread to the rest of the world. The brakes quickly gained in popularity due to their light weight and easy maintenance. Today, Mini V-Brakes are used by cyclists all over the world and are considered to be one of the most reliable and efficient braking systems available.

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