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    Can I use XT v brakes with 105 levers?

    I'm having trouble getting my hands on a front cable hanger for cantilevers so was thinking I can get a cheap v-brake for the front maybe XT or LX. I have 105 levers on it now and don't want to buy without knowing for sure they will work. i know there might be a difference with the amount of pull. anyone help?

    edit: its a cyclocross bike with the front braze ons and all so they brakes will fit no problem
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    The 105 levers do not pull enough cable to work the V-brake effectively. There are some Tektro road style brake levers (brake only, not STI) that are rated for MTB brakes.

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    I want to keep the levers cos to replace them would cost too much hassle and money. now that i think about it is there a thing i can get to pull more cable?

    There is!

    http://www.phred.org/~alex/bikes/brakes.html

    i think i'll be better off looking for the cable hanger some more cos i have the cantis already and it makes more sense, thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    The 105 levers do not pull enough cable to work the V-brake effectively. There are some Tektro road style brake levers (brake only, not STI) that are rated for MTB brakes.
    You can also purchase a little double-radius pulley wheel cable device that, when used correctly, increases the amonut of cable pulled through the brakes. These devices are usually used in place of the V- Brake lead pipe (noodle)

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...vel+Agent.aspx

    In my experience they work very well.

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    Is this what you're looking for? http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=BR7177

    I got a new set of Tektro CR720s and had to buy these to hang the cable.

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    Do you need the transverse cable or the cable yokes? The yokes are easy to find. If you need a transverse cable, I'm told you can make some using brake cable and these:



    Disclaimer: I'm "told" you can do this, I've never done it. You can find them here (scroll down to the bottom):

    http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/cable...are-brake.html

    You can shoot these guys an email to ask if these'll work. They may even have transverse cables that will work for you, if that's what you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by threeflys View Post
    Is this what you're looking for? http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=BR7177

    I got a new set of Tektro CR720s and had to buy these to hang the cable.

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    i don't think so but can't say for sure. there are 2 types of the cable hanger i'm looking for. One goes around the headset, in with the spacers and the cable housing sits in that and another bolts into the brake hole in the front fork. both do the same job. i thought if the xt brakes would work it would be an easier and cheaper alternative but because i would also need a cable adaptor thing to fit the vbrakes it is doubling the cost so i would be better looking harder for a proper cable hanger seeing as i have the actual cantilevers already. it seems a waste although i might have to go the other way if i can't get one. thanks

    i have the transverse cables and what not. i got them with the brakes themselves
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    Quote Originally Posted by breadbin View Post
    i don't think so but can't say for sure. there are 2 types of the cable hanger i'm looking for. One goes around the headset, in with the spacers and the cable housing sits in that and another bolts into the brake hole in the front fork. both do the same job. i thought if the xt brakes would work it would be an easier and cheaper alternative but because i would also need a cable adaptor thing to fit the vbrakes it is doubling the cost so i would be better looking harder for a proper cable hanger seeing as i have the actual cantilevers already. it seems a waste although i might have to go the other way if i can't get one. thanks

    i have the transverse cables and what not. i got them with the brakes themselves
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