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    Cantilever Brakes with non-road levers

    I would like to install the Avid Shorty 4 cantilever brakes and use non-road (like, Avid's for a V brake) levers because I would like to use a straight bar. Does anyone know why they are not compatible?
    Or another lever manuf. that is compatible?

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    It's not the brand that is compatable. There are 2 types of flat bar brake levers one for canti's and ones for V brakes. They have a different amount of cable pull. Look for canti compatable levers, you will be glad that you did.
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    I think the Performance Forte levers have a little "switch" inside the handle that lets you choose between linear pull and cantilever. At least a pair I bought a few years ago did. Verify.

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    So do mine but, like you, I bought them a while ago.
    I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC

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    I just bought also. The levers are switchable.

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