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    Shimano Deore XT BR-M770 V Brake vs. Tektro cantilever

    Hello,
    I need some help in understanding a small doubt that is growing in my mind.
    Well, I have a 2008 Dawes Horizon that is actually equipped with Tektro cantilevers (front and rear).
    Brake levers are now integrated with gear shifters (Shimano Sora model).
    Is it possible to install the Shimano Deore XT BR-M770 V Brakes (front and rear) without changing brake levers and gear shifters?
    In case of radical change, which are the correct levers for the a.m. brakes?

    Thanks for your contribution.

    Carlo
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    You can use existing STI levers with V brakes with a Problem Solvers Travel Agent.

    http://aebike.com/page.cfm?pageid=30...ory=800&type=t

    I've used them, they work fine. You end up with a bent, crimped cable, which is a little hard to change length on once you put that bend in it from fitting to the travel agent pulley.

    If I were you I'd try different brake shoes or even different canti brakes first. Good cantis work just about as well as Vees, and some Vees are actually worse than cantis. You have to try them on an individual basis IMO.

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    Although I've never used Travel Agents, my friend did and did not like them; he soon took them off and replaced the brakes with Avid Shortys.

    I second seekers comments that you might be better off trying out some good quality cantis -I've found them to be just as good as v-brakes. FWIW, I'd use either canti or v-brakes -I've found both are great brakes when you have a good quality set well setup. However, since you have STI levers, I think it's worth trying out a good pair of cantis first. I also second seeker's comments on brake pads -one of the best brake upgrades is to get a good set of pads (worst I found are some of the stock Shimanos, best I've found to be Koolstop Salmons for cantis and v's).


    Quote Originally Posted by seeker333 View Post
    You can use existing STI levers with V brakes with a Problem Solvers Travel Agent.

    http://aebike.com/page.cfm?pageid=30...ory=800&type=t

    I've used them, they work fine. You end up with a bent, crimped cable, which is a little hard to change length on once you put that bend in it from fitting to the travel agent pulley.

    If I were you I'd try different brake shoes or even different canti brakes first. Good cantis work just about as well as Vees, and some Vees are actually worse than cantis. You have to try them on an individual basis IMO.

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    I've got some Tektro "Mini" V brakes that are made to work with road levers, no Travel Agent required. I really like the feel and modulation of them of them better than cantis.

    On my bike, though, there's not enough room to run them with fenders and tires bigger than 28-30mm, lest the fender interfere with the brake cable a little.

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    I've had a couple different bikes with canti's and if they are set-up properly, they can be OK. But if you want really good breaking you have to go with V-brakes.(or disc's) Even though brand new parallel push Shimano's are only available in the really expensive XTR model, you can still get NOS Deore LX parallel push V's, the best brake I have ever used, bar none.

    https://shop.sunrisecyclery.com/item/10256/

    This brake.

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