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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:01 am 
Devout Dirtbag
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- WARNING - STUPID QUESTION AHEAD!

Ok, I think I may already know the answer to this one but want to confirm.

The brakes on my P7 are terrible and I need to improve them somehow. I guess I have 3 variables:

1) Frame/Forks (standard Orange P7 frame and F7 fork)
2) Levers (Shimano ST MC-34)
3) Brakes themselves (Shimano M951)

I was thinking that the frame, which was designed for cantis, was the problem with too much flex. However, thinking about it, have I managed to combine canti brake levers with V-brakes? What can I do to improve them? The lever goes all the way back to the bar, no matter how much I try and adjust them, which can be a bit unnerving at speed off-road!

If I need to replace my levers can I split the combined levers and shifters or will I need to replace both?

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:04 am 
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You're using v brakes with canti brake levers. That's always a bit crap, and in exactly the ways you describe.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:24 am 
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If they are combined brake levers/shifters then why not look at changing the Canti brakes for V-brakes?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:26 am 
King of the Skip Monkeys
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Have a look at modern cyclocross canti-levers. They have the proper angles that mean good braking with your existing levers and look quite smart too with good mud clearance.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Avid-Shorty-4 ... Sw1XdUV3ZP

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tektro-Oryx-C ... cwHW2KpnNQ

set

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Avid-Shorty-4 ... SwiylXBL0p


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:40 am 
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Thanks, appreciate the replies.

Ultimately, despite the state of my bike (it's 'well used') I'm a bit of a tart and love the M951 kit!

Digging around in the garage I've found a whole heap of stuff I forgot I had so - now I've confirmed the problem - I'll see what I can put together.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:31 pm 
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you forgot brake pads and also rims ;-)


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