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V brake Lever compatible with Canti brake or not?

Old 08-01-17, 07:20 AM
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V brake Lever compatible with Canti brake or not?

I want to use a V brake lever on the Cantilever brake, is there a campatibility issue? is the travel of V lever enough for Canti brake?
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Old 08-01-17, 07:51 AM
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V brake levers exert much greater cable pull.
They won't have the leverage for Canti.
I think the ratio is something like 1.6:1??

The brake/shifters in the pic show the V brake position.
The cable holder goes on the other side of the Red "plug" for Canti/Roller brakes.
(a little screw on the opposite side keeps the plug in position)
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This is a borderline dangerous combination. The levers will feel super stiff and positive in the work stand, while riding brakes will be very hard to use due to lack of leverage.
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Mechanically, you could fake it, 'wasting' a bunch of lever travel, in pad to rim clearance,
before the pad contacts the rim..

the lower mechanical advantage , that creates the long cable pull, remains.

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I rode mine that way for a couple of months...braking greatly improved when I replaced the cantilever with V-brakes.
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v-brake cable pull length: @ 35mm... Canti lever pull: @ 24mm...

you will not like the canti brake/v-brake lever combination.

get the canti specific levers
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I've done it.

Before hand I worried about the cable pull, leverage and extra grip strength issues. None of them proved to be very significant in use.
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
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I had a bike bought with that set up before. It did not feel weak in braking.
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Braking power will be very poor
levers will feel very hard in the hands

why do you 'want' to use V brake levers on canti brakes?
what do you expect to gain versus using the correct parts?
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Are you speaking of drop bars or straight bars? Tektro made levers for straight bars that could be set for V on one setting or C on the other, so they can be used with either type brake depending on the cable pull required. I have a couple of sets of these levers.
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lower MA will just mean you have to grip the lever harder...
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