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    which brake lever to use?

    I want to put caliper brakes (dual pivot) on my front fork. Should I use a canti lever or V-lever? (on a flat bar racer.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jur
    I want to put caliper brakes (dual pivot) on my front fork. Should I use a canti lever or V-lever? (on a flat bar racer.)
    Standard canti. V-brake levers are for v-brakes (and disc) only.
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    I'd try to find a pair of NOS Ritchey Logic brake levers if I was you. Nicest hand fit of any upbar lever.

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    Cheap Tektros are handy because they can be adjusted for both.

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    I have the same question. Apollo, how does one adjust the Tektros levers for caliper brakes?

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    I'm building a bike with the same setup at the moment and I bought some Shimano levers designed for the job. V brake levers pull more cable so if you used them the pads would move from rest to the rim rather quickly but you wouldn't have much leverage power. Using levers designed for dual pivot on V brakes would have the levers reaching the handlebars before full brake force was reached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyG
    I'm building a bike with the same setup at the moment and I bought some Shimano levers designed for the job. V brake levers pull more cable so if you used them the pads would move from rest to the rim rather quickly but you wouldn't have much leverage power. Using levers designed for dual pivot on V brakes would have the levers reaching the handlebars before full brake force was reached.

    Regards, Anthony
    Either that, or the brake pads would drag on the rim, and braking power would be much too high. This is perhaps even more dangerous, as you can lock your front wheel without even trying, this way.

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