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Old 09-10-08, 11:45 PM   #1
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Upgrade Cantilever brakes to V-Brakes?

Oops! My mistake, they are not cantilever, ther are center pulls, but much shorter than the v-Brakes we have today. I have an old (1994) GT RTS-3 Mountain Bike that has the old style center pull brakes and would like to upgrade to V-Brakes. Are the mounting bosses (weld-ons) the same for either style?

In other words, can I install the new V-Brakes on my old cantilever brake bike?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 09-11-08, 02:16 AM   #2
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Oops! My mistake, they are not cantilever, ther are center pulls, but much shorter than the v-Brakes we have today. I have an old (1994) GT RTS-3 Mountain Bike that has the old style center pull brakes and would like to upgrade to V-Brakes. Are the mounting bosses (weld-ons) the same for either style?

In other words, can I install the new V-Brakes on my old cantilever brake bike?

Thanks in advance,
MichiganMarty

Yes you can, though you'll also need new levers, as levers pull differing amounts of cable.
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Yep and it's super easy. I upgraded my 94 GT Timberline FS this Summer. New 7 speed shifter pods and Avid Single Digit levers since the old pods & levers were integrated. You'll probably need to run full length cable housings, so plan on getting that and cables too along with the V brake assemblies.

The bosses are the same, swap them over and have brakes that actually work!
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So where did you get the shifters and brake levers and what did it cost you?

My shifters and levers are integrated also. the Shifters have two levers for each, one to shift up, the other to shift down, I really like them and would like to maintain that style. Did your new shifters have that feature?

I don't see any 7-speed stuff around anymore...Nashbar & Performance only seem to have the 9-speed varieties. Where did you find your parts, your local dealer?
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First of all, by "integrated" I mean the shift pod and brake lever are one unit. They can not be separated, so using the old integrated pod/lever won't work with V's real well as it's a center pull lever.

I did buy them locally. One LBS had 7 sp shift pods in stock for $35 a pair. Most other locals needed to order for the same cost.

Avid brake levers were $20, there are cheaper available (Tektro) but they feel like sh*t. Avids were worth the $5 to me, no question asked.

If you can't find them locally, look up www.universalcycles.com they have 7 speed shift pods.

8 speed may be found locally and will work, you just won't have the 8th gear. Ask about them when calling locally.

If you shop well, you should be able to get shift pods, brake levers, cables, housings and V brake assemblies for ~$100.

I already had my V brake assemblies and got the Avid levers, Shimano shifter pods (with cables and housing included) and both brake cables & housing for $65.
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Too,
I found the:
Shimano STX shifter pods for $26.23 at bikepartsUSA.com
Shimano brake levers LX Deore for $36.99 at bikepartsUSA.com
Shimano Deore XT V-brakes levers for $39.99 each at BikeNashbar.com

Total cost for new brake upgrade was about $144 plus shipping.
This does not include the cost of new cables which I bought at my local bike shop.

Not bad as far as I'm concerned, and it beats going out and spending a whole lot more money for a new bike which is *up-to-date*.

I did go a little crazy on the levers and V-brakes, but still it was all so much less expensive than popping for a new ride, that I thought - "what the heck!"

Thanks to everyone for your help,
Marty
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Enjoy the new brakes that actually stop
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