I am building an old Rincon (old style w/road bike frame) as a commuter, and I have been wanting to convert from the traditional cantilevers that are on the bike now to direct pull for better braking. Fortunately, I have a friend that is getting rid of a wal-mart *special* Kent full suspension MTB with direct pulls, but his brake levers are attached to the shifters so I would have to replace those as well. The problems lies in that I am a n00b and not firmiliar with different components in as far as what is a good (or reliable) component brand or type and what is not, and I do not want to replace what might be good hardware with bad. My Rincon currently has dia compe brakes and shimano shifters and derailers. My friends bike has all shimano components.
So, I come to the great collective wisdom that is BikeForums for advice, and thanks in advance for any that you might be willing to provide.
I can't find any part numbers on most things so here are pictures what I am considering replacing:
Here is what I am considering replacing those parts with:
again, thanks in advance.