Bicycle Mechanics - do dia-compe 287 (non-v) still exist?
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as a follow-up to this (http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=341549) thread, i'm looking for the dia-compe 287 non-V brake levers. i was wondering if anyone knows they are still made? basically i'd like to run the V version on one side, and the non-V on the other so i can have a V brake on the front and canti on the rear.
09-08-07, 12:32 PM
Sounds like it'll cost you, though. I'd go with another option-
09-08-07, 05:03 PM
I agree with well biked. Also, I haven't tried the non-V version, but the 287-Vs have wierd cable routing (sort of halfway between aero and non-aero. What were they thinking when they designed this?), weak return springs, and IMHO are kind of ugly, not to mention expensive.
I think you might be happier going with a good set of short-pull levers (like the Shimano BR400) and use a travel agent on the front brake. I'd also give a canti a try on the front if you have one before messing with the V-brake. I've tried them both on my cross-check (along with a recent disappointing experiment with a front disc) and I really haven't had a problem with stopping power with a front canti (and I weigh 240 not including bike + supplies), and the levers and brakes have a really nice feel. Plus, you have more choices in brake levers, many of which are nicer than the Dia-Compes (IMHO).
09-08-07, 05:14 PM
I have both versions of the 287's. I've used 287-V's on standard cantis on my tour/commuter bike with no problem......except for a slightly less mechanical advantage, but the lever action was crisp and solid, and braking performance was good. Actually, the 287's with V-brakes kind of felt a bit mushy for my taste.
I think using the 287-V's would work for your particular application.
The Tandem version will get you there.
The non v version occasionally pops up on ebay.
You could also try cobblin the v version. If you look at the back, you can see where the original hole for the cable was suppose to be but was never completely drilled out.
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