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Old 08-18-11, 03:35 AM   #1
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Brake advice needed

Hi converting to drops will these components work together and stop a loaded tourer?

And which brake is better

1.Shimano XT M770 V Brake

2.Shimano Deore LX BR-T660 V Brakes

with this lever Tektro RL520 Drop Bar Brake Levers

Will this set up do the job safely if not can you recommend a reasonable priced leave brake combo?

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I'm no brake expert. Use calipers myself. Do know that nearly any combo that will sqeeze the pads against the rims will adequately stop a loaded bicycle if all components are properly tuned. Clearance for tires/fenders can be an issue. Kool Stop pads seem to be the standard.
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Will this set up do the job safely if not can you recommend a reasonable priced leave brake combo?
It will work.

V brakes require either special "long pull" drop levers, or a cable pull adaptor like the Travel Agent.

http://aebike.com/product/problem-so...r0411-qc30.htm

I prefer Avid SD7 series brakes over Shimano LX, XT series because they stop as well or better, weigh less, and cost about half as much.

http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/144...Brake-2010.htm

I just discovered Shimano no longer makes the parallelogram-mechanism brake it sold for many years. Now they sell a copy of the SD7, for twice the price. At least they used to sell you something for the extra cost, even if it was no more effective - now they just take your money.

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My advice for brakes, at least something you can check out, is to model carefully the set-up on the factory version of your bike, or at least something very similar. There can be combinations that do not work well depending on the fork geometry. In this case the geometry as seen from the front, rather than the side (stearing geometry is the side view for the most part). Touring bikes, drop bar tourers, come with fork geometry that runs the gamut from road racing with fender rack, mounts to hefty MTB type forks. What works in that context varies.

I run conventional levers, and cantis. But Vs are just as good with some peculiarities of their own. You need either the tektro rl 50 or Dia Compe 287v.

http://www.rivbike.com/products/show...-levers/15-146

The main problems with Vs are that you need true wheels, and you need to use kludgy levers, or kludgier travel agents. There isn't better brealing power for the most part, once the levers are accounted for. But the mechanics are more familiar to many.
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My LHT came with canti's, didn't work worth beans. Installed the XT V-brake & Tekro long pull lever, works great. Not sure what the difference the LX would make.
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My advice for brakes, at least something you can check out, is to model carefully the set-up on the factory version of your bike, or at least something very similar. There can be combinations that do not work well depending on the fork geometry. In this case the geometry as seen from the front, rather than the side (stearing geometry is the side view for the most part). Touring bikes, drop bar tourers, come with fork geometry that runs the gamut from road racing with fender rack, mounts to hefty MTB type forks. What works in that context varies.

I run conventional levers, and cantis. But Vs are just as good with some peculiarities of their own. You need either the tektro rl 50 or Dia Compe 287v.

http://www.rivbike.com/products/show...-levers/15-146

The main problems with Vs are that you need true wheels, and you need to use kludgy levers, or kludgier travel agents. There isn't better brealing power for the most part, once the levers are accounted for. But the mechanics are more familiar to many.
I also like the inline levers. I find I use them much more than the normal levers as I spend most of my time on the tops.
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You need either the tektro rl 50 or Dia Compe 287v.
Or the Cane Creek SCR-5V

http://harriscyclery.net/product/can...287-v-1057.htm
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Old 08-20-11, 06:50 AM   #8
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Wow no i am good and confused ....decided to go to the LBS give him the money (he is a good chap and deserves a quid or two) Ill go with his advice, thanks for the input it proved to me i need some good advice and not to try wing it on the brake issue.
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