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Old 10-28-12, 03:22 PM   #1
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Tektro Levers, V-brake or Cantilever?

I was going through a box of brake parts that I haven't looked at for 3 or 4 years. There, in a sealed, plastic container were two, brand new, Tektro MTB brake levers. This is really good because I'm building up a Kona MTb and need some V brake levers. Only problem is, I don't know if these levers are for V brakes or Cantilever levers. Is there some way I can tell which? I can find no markings on the levers except a "T" and a "K" on the main lever housing. I'd like to avoid putting them on the bike and finding out after completely installing one of the brakes.
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Old 10-28-12, 03:28 PM   #2
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Can you match them to anything on the Tektro site? http://www.tektro.com/_english/01_pr...00_prolist.php
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The distance between the lever pivot pin and the brake cable anchor point will differ. I don't have the dimensions for MTB brakes but for road levers, brifter/cantilever brake levers have about 20 mm center-to-center between these points while V-brake levers have about 34 mm.
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I was going through a box of brake parts that I haven't looked at for 3 or 4 years. There, in a sealed, plastic container were two, brand new, Tektro MTB brake levers. This is really good because I'm building up a Kona MTb and need some V brake levers. Only problem is, I don't know if these levers are for V brakes or Cantilever levers. Is there some way I can tell which? I can find no markings on the levers except a "T" and a "K" on the main lever housing. I'd like to avoid putting them on the bike and finding out after completely installing one of the brakes.
Any input aprreciated.
How about a photo?
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I have a couple sets of Tektro brake levers that adapt to either "standard" or V-brake cable pull. If they're like that, you're golden.
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This was posted in http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...rd-pull-levers and should work for you:

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Measure the distance between the brake lever's pivot pin and the cable anchor. Road (caliper, cantilever) levers will have that distance about 20-25 mm. V-brake levers will be over 30 mm.
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...got distracted and Hillrider posted in person before I could recycle the old post.
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...got distracted and Hillrider posted in person before I could recycle the old post.
Well, at least my numbers were reasonably consistant.
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