I have Avid Shorty 4 brakes on the cross bike. That thing won't stop worth a crap. It is ok most of the time, but on these gravel roads around here these brakes are killing my hands. On a 15% bumpy bumpy descent the hands are already heavily pressing into the hoods and when you squeeze the snot out of these brakes it will kill your hands. I have had to stop in mid descent before just to get my hands working right so I could hold on. Are these typical, good, or bad canti brakes? What would be a good set to get if I need stronger ones? Thanks.
I have a typical cyclocross setup with SRAM Rival shifters. Avid shorty 4 brakes. LBS said Avid Ultimates or Paul's would be better but to try better pads first like Hack suggested. I also need to practice getting in the drops to get better leverage but on these steep gravel road hills with gravel like marbles that is a challenge.
...the hands are already heavily pressing into the hoods ...
Pad compound and my poor opinion of cantilever brakes aside, that symptom alone points to a lever mismatch, or straddle wire too long (for a low profile canti), or both. Your could shorten the straddle wire and see if that provides improved leverage when the lever is near its limit.
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