I am just finishing a touring bike for myself. It is being powder coated this weekend! Before I took it in I built it up & rode it a few miles. Boy am I glad I did! I wanted to use V-brakes on the bike, but have no experience with them. I bought a set of XTR's (lightly used), and the DiaComp V-brake road levers. THEY WERE LIKE MUSH!!!!! I could bury the levers and slow the bike down, but I'm not at sure that they would have stopped it on a downhill slope! I had them adjusted so that the pads were all but rubbing at rest. I had a set of Paul's cross levers on the tops, and they were a little firmer, but also woudl not stop the bike on a downhill. As this was a rushed mock up the cable housing wasn't taped to the bars, so there was a little movement there, but I don't think that was the problem. Before I took the frame to the powder coater I brazed on a rear cable hanger on the bike so that I could mount cantilevers. Is that what I need to do? Are V-brakes that poor? Or having never used them before is there some magic adjustment that I missed?
Thanks for any advise you can lend,