I have always used Avid Tri-aligns on my Fats. Easy to install and setup, and they work great. I am still looking for a set for the current Wicked Lite.
I have a set of old Onzas on my wife's bike, and they do the job. A bit tougher to set up than the Avids, but WAY easier to get. There is a guy on eBay who sells like a set a week of nice black ones. I think you can get front and rear for like $39 now.
I wonder if there is something different with the ones on eBay right now, than the original silver ones I have on my wife's bike right now? Those brakes on my bike have about 3,000 miles under them on 3 different bikes, and are still going strong.
i ve never had problems with the onza's, but i m also a careful rider. friends killed them too above the pad-holder. and they were bad done (sharp edge) so it s natural that they gona brake someday...maybe just a bad lot or an other issue of "prototyping" ?
i need a "v-brake" at the front, so i use the paul motolites. at the back i ve got campa or / paul stoplights.
at the bike which i just use to look at it are devil-cantis mounted, imo the cooooolest looking brake
other very nice brakes
-marinovative cheap trick
-and the one which everyone mentioned, the avid tri align 2
if u re looking for smt very strong take some forged ones like the shimano's or dia-compes.
and about the campa or for 230$...ebay goes sometimes strange ways, i m shure if u aren t in a hurry u ll find a pair for less than the half...
I once paid 50 guilders (less than $25) for a box Campy Centaur....
They are nice brakes, but only period correct for early Yo's. My old XT's do have awesome stopping power when setup correctly. The XT's beat the Centaurs on stopping power, but I am pretty light and you ever heard of Dutch mountains?? Right.
Also have purple Graftons laying around, but never used them. What I can tell is that they feature a very tiny adjustment screw.
I also have Maguras on one bike. They are nice, but I not really consider them as bike jewelry.
I love the avids, but I'm currently using a set of the old IRD switchbacks matched with a set of Box v levers, a perfect combo and looks sweet as anything on my Ti. Have used those onzas in the past and had no problems, they were silver so maybe its the black ones that are not so good!