I have a friend that is trying to use his Cant levers with new "V" brakes. I told him it will not work too well. I have never tried but heard that it is not a good ideal to mix the two. Is there any truth to it? I know that there are adapaters to make that combo work? Has anybody actually tried this combo and made it work without any adapters?
This is what you need
It's called a Travel Agent and it has a "doubler" setting that allows you to use canti levers with V-brakes. Go HERE and scroll down. I use a set in place of the noodles on my commuter bike - makes for smoother braking.
The problem is having the brakes touch the rim before the levers hit the handle bars. if you were to put the pads close enough to the rim, then you could do it. The problem here is that if you have a wheel slighly out of true, like many MTBers have, you will have rubbing brakes. Some people are willing to make this sacrifice (this is you, all riders with hydro discs) but it will get on the nerves of others.
On my old Kona Kula I am using XTR brake levers (for V-brakes) and Shimano Acera V-brakes in front, and cantis Ritchey Logic for the rear (odd set) front works not that bad, but rear actually doesn't work. You can lock your rear only on snow (not always) and on ice (always). They require lots of power.