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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:12 am 
Karma Queen / Cake Meisterin
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V brake virgin.

I built my son a bike up and test rode it yesterday. The V brakes stoped me dead in my tracks, I nearly fell of. I did not expect that I'm more used to canti. Is this how it's supposed to be??

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:33 am 
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Yes, cantis look good but aren't as effective as V's, discs are sharper than V's and better in the wet/gloop.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:36 pm 
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Are you using V brakes with cantilever type levers? If you are they will be a bit sharp.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:16 pm 
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Marvel wrote:
Are you using V brakes with cantilever type levers? If you are they will be a bit sharp.

I was wondering the same. The use of cantilever brakelevers with v-brakes is not really recommended. Then it will be brake or not brake, not something in between.
(Correct me if I'm wrong) the canti-brakelever pulls more cable than a v-lever. That explains the sudden stopping of the v-brake.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:26 pm 
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I thought the canti' brake lever pulled LESS cable than the V type?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:17 pm 
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canti pull less , on my levers anyway , the settings for V , is lower than canti , so it must pull more cable .


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:36 am 
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V's are a revalation after cantis for sure, its a leverage thing. The way the cable runs you need to pull a lot of cable to get movement at the pads so you have a lot of power and modulation as well. If you have canti brake levers then thee pull less cable than V levers and will exagerate the leverage leading to very squishy brakes that pitch you over the bars.


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