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  • I already have cantis, that's a straight swap for Mini Vs right? Didn't know V brakes were different. V brakes mean new levers but mini V pull = canti?

  • No, haven't got round to it yet 🙄 I'm building an Alivio/Sputnik one for the Trek.

  • It was just because my Trek T200 has too narrow stud spacing for (most) Vs and Mini Vs, but cantis work. An issue only made worse by wider rims...

  • V brakes mean new levers but mini V pull = canti?

    Near enough. Lever ratio on 90mm mini-V tends to be a bit longer than canti, but you can usually get away with it if you keep them adjusted quite close to the rim

  • i skipped mini-vs and v-brakes and went for maguras on my trek. not regretting.
    once the wheels need rebuilding might add disc brake tabs etc.


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  • That looks great. And the front rack is very Mad Max.

  • Ohh, lovely. Which Maguras?

  • Old hs33. according to some German forum the old ones have smaller diameter pistons which equals in more braking force.

    Don't quote me on that but they sure do brake very well.
    I had to exchange the Evo 1 studs to the Evo 2 attachment to make more clearance for the tires though. So it's old HS33 brake levers and calipers together with the new magura evo2 attachment.

    The rear brake really makes a difference compared to the cable actuated one before. it was really mushy due to the long housing and cabling. now it's really crisp and controlled.

  • Aha. Maybe the older Maguras allow for closer canti stud spacing too? My Trek has 70 mm spacing and the Magura manual says they need between 78 and 82 mm.

  • Almost ready for tomorrows overnighter


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  • That's lovely, I'll forward it on :)

  • That looks great! Is this a new build or a change on a current bike?

  • It's @Simba s old one. Built new wheels for it yesterday and went flatbar with some old Deore XT stuff.

  • Found a Trek T-900 online, as the frame is aluminium and based on the color a model from 2004, I’m in doubt whether I should make an offer or let this one pass.

    Frame size is 18.5” front and 14.5”aft, from what age/length would a child be able to fit on the back?

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