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Doesn't whether you need a hangar depend on what type of brake you actually use? For instance, my Giant Cypress has cantilever bosses. It came with Shimano v-brakes which I replaced later with Avid Shorties. Both mount on the cantilever bosses, but do not require hangers as the cable stops are built into the brake mechanism, like modern caliper road brakes. My old Schwinn Voyageur has old-fashioned, what I suppose are true center pull cantilever brakes that use a straddle cable and yoke arrangement. These do use hangers. So if you plan to use more modern "v-brakes" I don't think you will need hangers. If you plan to go retro with straddle cable and yoke you will.
If it ain't broke, mess with it anyway!
Last edited by RainmanP; 11-15-04 at 01:37 PM.