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Note: "front" and "rear" brakes are the same except for the direction of the slot on the brake pads. So it's possible to use a "front" brake in the "rear" or vice-versa simply by flipping the brake pads to the other side.
Avid's Shorty 6 cantilever brake may be the best blend of performance and value on the market. These brakes offer high-end features like road-style cartridge pad carriers and a competitive weight, but cost half as much as boutique options.
Why are removable road cartridge pads important?
This design has several key benefits:
Shorty 6 features full stainless hardware, so it won't corrode in the wet/muddy environment of cyclocross. Shorty is also an ideal design for bicycle touring or adventure bikes, since they can be maintained and adjusted with nothing more than a set of hex wrenches.