My last suggestion would be to ditch the travel agents. Big call I suppose but I say this because in my experience I have not needed them.
In this photo of my Cannondale H300 hybrid I am using 105 ST-5703 levers on the original v-brakes and it works extremely well:
I've also run Tiagra ST-4503 levers with V-brakes on another bike in the past with no real issues on that setup either.
Anybody have experience one way or the other with regular levers and v brakes?
You will need a travel agent to change the pull ratio of the lever if you are going to use v-b with a regular road lever.
If you dont use it, you wont get any power trying to stop. But is your call if you want to use a combination like that w/o travel agents.
Current Shimano road brifters (5700, 6700, etc.) pull more brake cable than their predecessors so it's not surprising they work adequately with V-brakes. Shimano changed their newest model road calipers to match the new cable pull.
If you swap the long V brakes for shorter arm types, the MA is reduced, to be compatible with Road Brifters.
like these : http://www.trpbrakes.com/category.ph...d=185&subcat=0
you can still have a less than perfect wheel and not drag the brakes.
The other way around. There's plenty of power, if you can get the brakes to pinch before the levers bottom out before the levers hit the bar. For the front it' usually not an issue to run regular levers and v-brakes. For the rear getting both clearance with brakes idle and good braking w/o levers bottoming out can be an issue.
Originally Posted by ultraman6970