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Old 08-03-01, 11:10 AM   #1
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Shock V-brake question

I want to upgrade my fork, which currently has cantilever brakes on it. That is pushing me in the direction of a travel agent eccentric on the v-brakes unless someone makes an aftermarket cable hanger so I can keep my canti's.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? I'm a little concerned that the travel agent can slip out of the break houssing and leave me without brakes on a downhill?


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You can get a cable hanger for the cantis, it slips over the steerer tube of the fork, between the stem and the headset. That said, if you have the money, get a set of V-brakes and a matching V-brake lever. You will appreciate the additional stopping power, especially on the front, where 70-80% of your braking power is. The travel agent costs about as much as a lever, so you really only are coming up w/ the extra cost for the actual brake. I recommend Avids personally.
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Unfortunately, I have the integrated rapidfires, so I'd have to change shifters too. That's why I'm going towards a travel agent...
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Are you saying you want to ditch your current fork and go with a new one, and still keep the canti's? If so Marzocchi still makes forks that are canti compatible. Contact Angelo at Phat Tire he has some great deals on Marzocchi's.
http://www.phattire.com
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I have the integrated rapidfires
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Are you saying you want to ditch your current fork and go with a new one, and still keep the canti's? .....
That's my fallback plan. Will look at all those options - it is time to get into Vee's if I can make it work.

Rapid Fire Evil? Nah, I kind of like them though I've been warned that they break easily (still waiting). FWIW I did ride my friend's new Switchblade with Grip Shifts last night. Very nice shifting with the SRAM 9 derailluer. Sweet bike.
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Rapid Fire Evil?
Actually, I was referring to the integrated part. But I could just as well have been talking about having shifters period For me, if I'm going to use gears, it's friction thumb shifters baby!
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Ya gotta love that. Forgot about the single speed evangalist!

Going with a SRAM 9.0 brake and a travel agent, slap it on a 2000 Manitour SRX. The Missus was pestering me for vee brakes this weekend, so I'll upgrade her first to stay on her sweet side....

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