Question on BMX brake leverage
Will the handle from an old fitness bike having canti-brakes work well on a modern BMX bike? I know that levers for canti- and v-brakes pull the cable using different leverage ratios. What about BMX brakes? Will those canti-brake levers work? Or do I need to get BMX-specific levers?
You mean the U brakes on freestyle bikes? Those will work with standard short pull levers, like you're talking about.
Pet peeve of mine; there's more to BMX than just freestyle. BMX race bikes have been using V brakes since the 90s.
Originally Posted by Jack Burton
Digging in the pain cave.
Can you post a pic of the lever?
Originally Posted by JonathanGennick
@Greyryder, thanks. And apologies for my lack of BMX bike knowledge. I am working to improve that.
I ended up giving the kid the old, canti-lever that I had. I also ran him some fresh brake cable--inner and outer. Can't say that I liked the feel of the lever, but the kid was able to skid the rear tire and he was real happy about being able to do that.
@Midschool22, I will try and post up later w/a photo.
Ok. I went to Danscomp.com and looked at their brakes. What I worked on yesterday was not a u-brake. It was a caliper brake.
I have this one, LBS suggested it, my expectations were to throw on a low end Tektro for cheap, after getting this one, I actually am happier with it.