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Old 10-03-08, 10:02 AM   #1
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Drop Bars, V Brakes

I'm planning to upgrade my 07 Downtube IXFS to drop bars. Trouble is, I can only find one drop-bar lever for V brakes, and it's a Dia-Compe (no problem there) which is priced at 3x the cost of their standard drop-bar levers (this part is a problem). The other solution appears to be Travel Agents, a pair of which come in at (guess?) 3x the price of regular brake levers, and then I'd have to buy the levers on top!

I really don't want to drop 30 on bog-ordinary brake levers. Is there another way?
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Old 10-03-08, 10:19 AM   #2
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Tektro RL520, which is identical to the Cane Creek Drop V levers but with less bling on the hoods. I paid $22 for my pair. They're rather bulbous for my tastes, not STI-tumor-ugly, but definitely non-svelte. IIRC the Dia-Compes you mention were superseded by the Cane Creek Drop V anyway.

Or use Mini-V brakes, which according to Raxel should work with normal road levers. You can check out his JPS Moulton
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If I start changing the calipers, I'm back into money! Time for me to investigate the levers you mention...
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Found 'em, almost literally half the price of the others. Thankyou very much!
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You can use cantilever brakes which are also short pull. Nice ones are to be had for the cyclocross guys.
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Cantis on folder = heel strike
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