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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:05 pm 
Old School Hero
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found these Dia Compe 11 cheap but not sure if they are V compatible - guessing not, or seller would have said

so how do you tell?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DIA-COMPE-ALL ... 1982269892


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:15 pm 
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I'd say not.

The difference between cantilever and V-brake levers is the distance between the pivot and the cable attachment point.

For example, this is a cantilever brake lever:

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This is a V-brake lever:

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Notice the extra distance between the lever pivot and the cable attachment point. With a V-brake lever, you get a lot more cable pull for a given amount of lever movement.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:46 pm 
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Dia-Compe PC-11 are canti brakes.
That particular style is design with gripshift positioning in mind (the big flat wide clamp section)


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If you are interested i have 2 pairs of slightly later Dia Compe levers with adjustable cable positioning allowing them to be used with either canti OR V brakes.
Pm me :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:18 pm 
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They are for cantis.
I have some Direct-Pull Dia Compe 7. Which are for V brakes, I have seen a pic on this forum of the
direct-pull and power-control, I think they look the same except the pivot point.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:38 pm 
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Now that's interesting and i'd be interested in some dia comp levers for Vs if their still availlable ..


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