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Old 07-21-09, 08:50 AM
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Brake lever compatibility question

Can levers (Tektro) used with V-brakes (linear pull) also be used with standard dual pivot road brakes and/or cantilever brakes.

I know if you go the other way, there are issues, that is, a Travel Agent or similar device has to be used with the v-brakes and standard levers, but how about the other way?

My wife likes the Soma Mixte frame, we may be building it up with components from a flat bar hybrid with v-brakes.

I'm guessing yes, but will have a fairly short pull

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Old 07-21-09, 09:37 AM
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I'm using the Cane Creek drop bar V levers (because I love them - they are the the most efficient, most comfortable levers I have found) with Paul touring cantis. They work fine -- maybe there is a small amount of lost modulation/touch, but not enough to worry about.
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My brother crashed my MTB (with standard cantilevers) and broke one of the brake levers so for a while I used some old V-brake levers. There was a definite loss of braking power. I shortened the transverse cables as much as possible and got some back. But I still didn't like it and ended up getting a nice pair of Ritchey canti brake levers.

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Originally Posted by Gonzo Bob View Post
My brother crashed my MTB (with standard cantilevers) and broke one of the brake levers so for a while I used some old V-brake levers. There was a definite loss of braking power. I shortened the transverse cables as much as possible and got some back. But I still didn't like it and ended up getting a nice pair of Ritchey canti brake levers.
That's useful info, probably replace the levers if I go with calipers on a build
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The brakes will function but you will lose a tonne of leverage - you will have to pull much harder at the bars to get decent braking power. It could be dangerous in some situations.

I imagine you can set a Travel agent in reverse to increase leverage/decrease cable pull but I have never tried it... you would probably have to monut the travel agent at the lever instead of at the brake.

It would be much much much easier (and cheaper) to get levers designed for canti/caliper brakes.
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Old 07-21-09, 03:21 PM
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traditionally, travel agents work the other way, making cantilever pull work for v-brakes, although it might be possible to make it run backwards. I'd just buy the new levers, and not risk catastrophic lack of brakes at a key time.
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