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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
    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:

    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by slopvehicle View Post
    Not wearing a helmet makes me more aware of my surroundings. I find myself anticipating the hardness of concrete 50 or 100 feet in front of me, it's almost a zen-like connection between my face and the pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveTurkey View Post
    ...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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