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    Bullhorn brake levers (TT style) with cantilever center pull brakes

    My apologies for the noob question but I'm considering buying a single speed bike with cantilever center pull brakes and I want to switch it to a bull horn handlebar with TT style brake levers.

    Basically something like the http://www.redlinebicycles.com/archives/2009-925925-le handlebar setup.

    Will this be able to work with canti brakes without using a travel agent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay D View Post
    My apologies for the noob question but I'm considering buying a single speed bike with cantilever center pull brakes and I want to switch it to a bull horn handlebar with TT style brake levers.

    Basically something like the http://www.redlinebicycles.com/archives/2009-925925-le handlebar setup.

    Will this be able to work with canti brakes without using a travel agent?
    Yeah -you`ll be fine. Just put together a Kona Pady wagon single speed with single speed, TT bars and TT style brake levers. They`re designed for road brakes but will handle short-pull brakes like cantilevers no problem.

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    The old style cantis and road style caliper brakes use cable pulls that are identical or close enough that they are compatible. It's just V brakes that require long cable pull levers.
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    In case you need further reassurance I ran this exact set-up for the better part of a year.
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    The cable pull is slightly different, so you're going to need to change your straddle cable height for optimal braking, but that's a minor adjustment.

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