Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-28-08, 12:31 AM   #1
PaginaVilot
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 88
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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?
PaginaVilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-08, 04:35 AM   #2
*new*guy
ambassador of good will
 
*new*guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NOVA
Bikes: many.
Posts: 2,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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
*new*guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-08, 07:20 AM   #3
isotopesope
shoot up or shut up.
 
isotopesope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: colorado springs, co
Bikes: yes please.
Posts: 1,961
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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.
isotopesope is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-08, 07:25 AM   #4
bonechiller
RE******
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
bonechiller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-08, 07:35 AM   #5
BassManNate
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Crystal Lake, IL
Bikes:
Posts: 144
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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.
BassManNate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-08, 07:41 AM   #6
*new*guy
ambassador of good will
 
*new*guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NOVA
Bikes: many.
Posts: 2,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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.
*new*guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-08, 07:57 AM   #7
BassManNate
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Crystal Lake, IL
Bikes:
Posts: 144
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yup. Travel agents are handy if you happen to have them on hand.
BassManNate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-08, 08:51 PM   #8
cam117
Senior Member
 
cam117's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Cincinnati, OH USA
Bikes: Trek 1200
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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
cam117 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-08, 10:48 PM   #9
grolby
Senior Member
 
grolby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BOSTON BABY
Bikes:
Posts: 9,321
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 82 Post(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.
grolby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-08, 09:47 AM   #10
climbhoser
Senior Member
 
climbhoser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Parker, CO
Bikes: SS Surly Crosscheck; '91 Cannondale 3.0
Posts: 1,654
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(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:



climbhoser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-08, 09:48 AM   #11
climbhoser
Senior Member
 
climbhoser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Parker, CO
Bikes: SS Surly Crosscheck; '91 Cannondale 3.0
Posts: 1,654
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
BTW, I'll sell you mine for $25 shipped.
climbhoser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-08, 11:36 PM   #12
Ronsonic
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sunny Tampa, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 1,246
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(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.
Ronsonic is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:13 AM.