Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    88
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Switching from flat bars to drops, can I still use V Brakes?

    My single speed cross bike is currently setup with a flat bar, Avid V Brakes, and Shimano Brake Levers.

    I want to try out some drop bars, and I understand that I'll need to get drop levers as well. Will the drop levers work with my Avid V Brakes?

    I've read that road levers don't pull enough for v brakes, is this true?

  2. #2
    ambassador of good will *new*guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    NOVA
    My Bikes
    many.
    Posts
    2,020
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i run xtr v-brakes on my SS cross bike. What I did is run travel agents with tektro levers and everything works great. If you want, I can post some pics after I ride to work today.

    here's a travel agent on the perfo site http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...e.cfm?SKU=2647



    Last edited by *new*guy; 08-28-08 at 07:15 AM. Reason: added pictures

  3. #3
    shoot up or shut up. isotopesope's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    colorado springs, co
    My Bikes
    yes please.
    Posts
    1,961
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    road levers do not pull enough cable for v brakes. however, the dia compe 287 lever is a aero lever that works specifically with v brakes.

  4. #4
    RE******
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Crystal Lake, IL
    Posts
    145
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was just getting ready to say...Tektro makes a long pull road lever. They're much less expensive than the Dia Compe option and most people who have had both seem to like the Tektro levers better.

    Edit: Oh and I think the Tektro levers are about $25 for a set of two. I've seen the travel agents for about $15 each. For me, the only real reason to use the travel agents is if you're using brifters which no one makes a long pull version of.
    Last edited by BassManNate; 08-28-08 at 07:37 AM. Reason: adding more info.

  6. #6
    ambassador of good will *new*guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    NOVA
    My Bikes
    many.
    Posts
    2,020
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BassManNate View Post
    I was just getting ready to say...Tektro makes a long pull road lever. They're much less expensive than the Dia Compe option and most people who have had both seem to like the Tektro levers better.

    Edit: Oh and I think the Tektro levers are about $25 for a set of two. I've seen the travel agents for about $15 each. For me, the only real reason to use the travel agents is if you're using brifters which no one makes a long pull version of.
    i had some in my parts bin, and some other tektro levers that i liked... so it made sense for my application.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Crystal Lake, IL
    Posts
    145
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yup. Travel agents are handy if you happen to have them on hand.

  8. #8
    Senior Member cam117's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH USA
    My Bikes
    Trek 1200
    Posts
    101
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i've read that you can use mini-v brakes with STI shifters and no travel agent. Google 'mini-v cyclocross' and you'll get a good number of hits. Sounds cool.
    “The greater the suffering, the greater the pleasure. That is nature’s payback to riders for the homage they pay her by suffering...” -The Rider

  9. #9
    Senior Member grolby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    BOSTON BABY
    Posts
    6,935
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Having seen them in RL, the only thing I have to say about the Tektro v-brake lever is that they are HUGE. Biggest hoods I've ever seen in my life, they really must be seen to be believed. I hear that they function really well.

  10. #10
    Senior Member climbhoser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Parker, CO
    My Bikes
    SS Surly Crosscheck; '91 Cannondale 3.0
    Posts
    1,657
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have the Cane Creek Drop-V levers (just rebadged Tektros) and they're awesome. They fit my hand really well, and I like them better than Campy Ergos or Shimmy Brifters. The SRAM stuff fits my hand best, but surprisingly the RL520s work top notch.



    They pull great, too.



    Check 'em out here:



    View my blog: climbhoser.blogspot.com

  11. #11
    Senior Member climbhoser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Parker, CO
    My Bikes
    SS Surly Crosscheck; '91 Cannondale 3.0
    Posts
    1,657
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    BTW, I'll sell you mine for $25 shipped.
    View my blog: climbhoser.blogspot.com

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Sunny Tampa, Florida
    Posts
    952
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Tektro Drop V levers are good. They're modeled on the Campy Ergo shape, feel good, pull V brakes just fine and I expect mine to last a good long time.

    Very much recommended and a crazy good at the price.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •