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Old 05-08-06, 10:49 AM
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Look for easy to adjust brakes?

Time for new brakes. Currently I am accustomed to adjusting brake pads using wrench and allen key and I can never seem to get the height and angle of pads aligned with rim just right, and I've had enough of that bother.

I'm looking for new brakes now and I want cantilever or v-brakes with pads that are very easy and quick to adjust. I'm willing to spend about $100 for a good pair.

Any recommendations?

p.s. My current brake levels are shimano deore LX or DX two-finger pull from 1992-1993 -- will they work with current v-brakes if that is what I get?
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Originally Posted by bwgride
p.s. My current brake levels are shimano deore LX or DX two-finger pull from 1992-1993 -- will they work with current v-brakes if that is what I get?
I believe levers from that era were strictly canti specific, therefore will not work well with V-brakes without the use of travel agents. Good thing is newer style traditional cantis don't require the use of a wrench, but instead is basically identical to making pad adjutments on V-brakes....an allen key is all that's required, so set up and adjustment is so much easier than the old styled cantis which required both an allen key and a wrench to adjust.
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Magaura hydraulic rim brakes. Flip of a switch is all it take to change brake pads or adjust them.
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Paul brakes will do exactly what you want, they work with your old style levers, then even sell old style levers. They are under 100 a pair (one wheels worth). If that is twice what you wanted to pay, you could consider just getting the front wheel since it does 90% of the work anyway. That is how my current bike is set up, I have an old rear self-energizing canti, and pauls in the front. I have a set of pauls for the back if the SE brake packs it in some day. The Pauls cantis use V-brake pads with all the nice compounds and easy adjustments that involves.
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Thanks much for the feedback. These two Cane Creek models look good to me; will probably go with the cantilevers since I should be able to use my current brake levels. Any experience with either of these two models?

https://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=BR5131

https://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=BR5134
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Get the standard Cane Creek cantis and not the Direct Curves. I've got a set of Direct Curves and they require use of V-brake levers.
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Tektro Oryx, easy to setup and pads are a single allen adjustment, Bargain at $20 a set at most online shops. Put them on my wife's tourer last year and haven't had to touch them yet.
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