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Old 10-10-06, 02:02 PM   #1
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Canti to V Conversion with STI's

Hello all,I recently picked up a cross bike with canti's,and I'm considering swapping them for a set of Shimano Deore(XT or LX,can't remember) V brakes that I used to have on a MTB. Will the V's work with STI's(Shimano Tiagra)? Thanks in advance.
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V-brakes require about twice as much cable-pull from the brake lever as cantilevers (and calipers, etc) so special levers are required for V-brakes whereas cantilevers can be used with standard road brake levers. There is some sort of cam device available from Avid that allows you to use V-brakes with regular levers. However, I'd recommend that you try getting your Canti's adjusted perfectly before going the V-brake route, because of this difficulty. Sheldon Brown has a good article on Adjusting Cantilever Brakes.
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Travel Agents.

It's an add-on gizmo that doubles the cable pull from ordinary road bike brake levers to operate linear pull brakes. I've been working with them on tandems for around a decade. They're reliable.
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+1 for what RetroGrouch said. A travel agent has transformed the front brake on a friend's bike. No need for new levers or bar-end/downtube shifters.
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Will look into Travel Agents. I had read/heard about V's needing more travel,but a friend recently converted his V brake/flat bar Sirrus to a drop bar. Figured there had to be a way to do it.
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+1 for what RetroGrouch said. A travel agent has transformed the front brake on a friend's bike. No need for new levers or bar-end/downtube shifters.
I'll throw another "me too" onto the fire. I have this setup on 2 bikes... one of which had travel agents installed from the beginning, while I added them after the fact on the other. They made a huge improvement, and haven't caused even a hint of trouble.
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