Is this a drum or a roller brake? The drum will be quite a bit heavier, but they work well and look cool. And most tandemers use them as a drag brake to modulate descent, with the cable run off of a friction bar end shifter. That is more abuse than you on a single would ever put it too.
I think you have aroller style brake on the Nexus tho, a rotating plate indented with a series of ball tracks, as you pull in the lever and rotate the plate the balls run to the shallow end of theri groove forcing the friction and brake surfaces into each other and the rotating wheel energises this further, Strong brake, a bit heavier than V brake. Both of these styles will last a lot longer than the pads on a vbrake.
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