Does anyone know of any brake levers of the type used with drop handlebars that pull enough cable to use with V-brakes? I've got a pair of the orginal XT V-brakes (with the parallelogram action) and I'd love to put them on my road bike, which is a Thorn, currently using anonymous canti's.
Thanks Mattster - have you used them with V-brakes? If so, what model of brake?
They come stock on the Tricross so just crappy Tektro ones that came on that. But the pull is the same for all V-brakes so will work fine with XT's
Yeah, I have those^
not great tbh and might be worth getting some kind of adjustable brake pipe (noodle) so you can tension the cable finely.
My cross runs Campy with Tektros just fine.
Maybe I'll just pick up a pair of those levers, set it up and see how it goes... I'm riding a lot with a trailer with about 5 1/2 stone of girls in it at the moment and there's a lot of hills to go down; with the girls on the back it somehow seems more important to be able to actually, definitely stop when I want to...
I have the Tektro 520s, pulling some Deore Vs. The set-up works really well. I use this bike to pull the kiddie trailer (also down some major hills), with heavily loaded panniers, as well as to commute through a nordic winter. So it's been thoroughly tested. Dia-comp also do a pair of V compatible road levers. The Dia-comps come with metal pipes to better guide the cable around the bend of the hood/bar, and are thus considered better (I havent tried them though).
My utility bike with the Tektros (fully winterised).
That's a very cool utility bike, Smallfurry! I'm ordering a pair of the Tektro 520's. Looking forward to proper stopping power on wet roads this winter...
Anybody ever tried the Cane Creek version (drop V levers)? They look very similar to the Tektro’s and are more than double the price but look as though they might be a bit more comfortable.
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