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Bikes: Serotta Legend Ti, Santa Cruz Heckler, Santana Visa TAndem
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Yes, the brakes themselves, will directly replace the cantis with no modification.
They will, however be mismatched, as far as cable-pull. Because of the difference in geometry, the v-brakes need twice as much cable movement to work properly. Your friends will need to get "travel agent" cable amplifiers (http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...vel+Agent.aspx
). These consist of, essentially, 2 concentric pulleys; one twice the diameter of the other. The brake lever rotates the smaller diameter pulley. The larger diameter (outside), which activates the brakes, ends up going twice as far, being twice the circumfrence. This is the only way to adapt the older dia-compe (or any other road type) levers. It is a very simple solution and works very well. I put the same setup on my Santana Visa.
Last edited by steve53mg; 09-16-11 at 07:39 AM.