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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:00 pm 
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Can you use the same brake levers? Is it just a matter of taking off the cantilever arms are sticking on V-brakes in their place?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:08 pm 
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Nope, you will need v brake levers as well.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:19 pm 
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The v brakes will mount the same as cantis on the frame/ forks - the problem is the levers pull different amounts of cable, so you wouldn't have much luck...

Back in the day you could get a device called a travel adjuster that adapted the canti lever brake pull to v, and I believe also used on road levers (sti) to allow them to work on v's (cantis can be used with sti levers as-is)

Personally I have never mix-and-match them nor used the converters.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:30 pm 
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ok thanks guys.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:33 pm 
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I have a pair of Avid 1.9 levers which have an adjustment in the cable housing which - I think - allows you to use either type of brake . Maybe someone else can confirm this ? Mike


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:05 pm 
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You might find cable routing for the rear isn't straightforward. Any cable guides will be designed for centre pull whereas a V is some way off to the side. I had to run a length of outer all the way from the bars to the noodle and cable tie it to the top tube.


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