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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:17 pm 
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Just looking for a good value, reliable, lightish, tough V-Brake, full set. Its to replace the unbranded ones on my lads Carrera Blast. He had an over the bar incident the other month, it bent one of the leavers and broke the noodle.

Happy to buy modern, or retro. Seen some cheap none branded eBay ones, old stuff, and the Halfords (Clarks kits).

The bike has 20 wheels, I presume V-Brake are standard???

Any weight savings are welcome, but budget it 20£.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:30 pm 
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£20 for a pair
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/clar ... -prod71560
Check it is a pair of levers and brake £20

Though 20" would mean small kids (~6yrs old?) so tend to have kid length brake levers ?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:39 pm 
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Was looking at those on Halfords, same price! Certainly good value, problem is if they are any thing like my lads current set the adjusters are made out of soft alu and like cheese when hit hard.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:25 pm 
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I have a set of Shimano Deore M590s: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/shim ... -prod39004 with matching levers: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shimano-M590- ... vi-content.

They seem to be a bit more expensive than when I bought them though, I think I paid £30.00 for a complete kit including levers and cables.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:27 pm 
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Just reread, you only need the levers? You can grab noodles on their own or bend your other one to shape.

The Clark's seem to be similar to the tektro so should be fine. Islabikes spec that sort of level on their kids bikes so probably the best budget ones you can get.


This'll be the sort of thing you need http://www.wiggle.co.uk/tektro-ts325a-j ... ke-levers/

You could try looking at BMX v's as they use 20" wheels to.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:46 pm 
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I was looking for a full set as the actual brakes are cheap looking pressed metal. I may just go for the Clarks setup as its not going to cost much more than new noodle, new cable, new leavers.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:55 pm 
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But the levers will be poor for small hands, they'll find the reach not so good. Just read from a search it's hard to get them close enough to the bars and still get good good distance at the rim.
Worth a try though.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:13 pm 
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Not sure if the current leavers are designed for children, will check them out.


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