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Can i use normal road bike brake levers on my converted MTB for V brakes?

Old 12-07-09, 01:40 AM
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Can i use normal road bike brake levers on my converted MTB for V brakes?

i'm converting an old mtb to a tourer/commuter and am going to put drop bars on, also converting the old canti brakes to v brakes, can i use normal aero drop bar brake levers? will they work ok?
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Old 12-07-09, 02:20 AM
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You can but you will need to use a Travel Agent. A second option would be to use a lever that is designed to be used with linear pull brakes, like the Cane Creek SCR-5V or the Tektro RL520.
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I second the "Travel Agent" approach.. I use them on my custom-built touring bike that came with V-brakes when I had some used "normal" brake levers.
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Originally Posted by tmac100 View Post
I second the "Travel Agent" approach.. I use them on my custom-built touring bike that came with V-brakes when I had some used "normal" brake levers.
You can in that it is theoretically possible, but as others have alluded to you'd have to have the pads really close to the rim since the levers won't pull the brake arms as far...which will give you a ton of braking power, but little modulation and no room for error in wheel trueness.

I'd go for the special v-brake levers myself.
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Old 12-07-09, 08:00 AM
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Travel Agents cost about $40 for the pair. SCR-5V's cost about $60. The former make sense only if you are running road STI's.
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Old 12-07-09, 03:44 PM
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thanks for the reply folks, wiggle to the rescue, i needed some friction only bar end levers and they had a pair of the dia compe levers (287?) for only $40 aud, seemed like a good price to me.
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Old 12-16-09, 02:33 PM
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Just to further confuse this, so now i have my special 287 dia compe v-brake drop bar levers coming and i've already got my v-brakes ready to go, i've stumbled across another bike that is a more suitable base for a conversion, besides it's a nicer colour
It does also have canti brakes on it but much better ones than the dodgy no name ones on my current bike. now i have a choice on what to run, ultimately are the v-brakes going to be better matched to my new dia compe levers (designed for v-brakes) than trying to get them to work with the shimano canti brakes?
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funny i just went through this myself...

the canti's are center pull vs linear so you will be able to use any normal short pull drop lever with them. I chose the Tektro r200a, jensonusa.com has them for about $18
if you choose to keep the V brakes, the diacompes you bought will do just fine.
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so will the dia compes work with the canti's? if they won't then i'll stick with the diacompes and the v-brakes

appreciate the input
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so will the dia compes work with the canti's? if they won't then i'll stick with the diacompes and the v-brakes

appreciate the input
No, they only work for v brakes.
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roger that, so if i've already bought the dia compes i should use the v-brakes right? this combo would brake better than cantis and generic drop levers?
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I've had friends who've toured with standard road levers and V-brakes. The pads did sit fairly close to the rim, and they did have to pull the lever a long way but it was certainly rideable. I don't think it is as much of an issue as some make it out to be.

I'm personally using integrated shifter/brake levers with both long and short reach cantis on my touring bike. I have not had any problems.
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