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    Senior Member FLBandit's Avatar
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    Brake confusion

    OK, I have an older MTB with what I assume are V-Brakes. I mean the cable attaches to both arms directly and pulls from the center. On my Trek Hybrid I have a similiar system, but the arms are longer and the cable goes through an elbow and pulls from the side. Are these cantilever brakes. Also, can I swap the first type for the second with existing bosses? At first glance it looks like I'd get better stopping power with the second set-up, and it shouldn't be hard to change. Any thought? I searched, but am still confused.
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    You got them mixed up. The first ones are the cantilever brakes and the second are the V-Brakes. For as long as you are dealing with the same tire sizes, yes you can swap them.

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    Be sure you swap the brake levers too, as the mechanical advantages are different between those types of brakes.
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