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Caliper brake to V brake compatibility

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by Jonny69, 30 May 2010.

  1. Jonny69

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    I'm looking to get some new brake levers. Problem being my bike and setup is old so I'm worried about compatibility of parts.

    Currently got a vintage Shimano Exage caliper brake set with aero levers on narrow alloy drop bars. Will newer aero levers for V brakes be compatible with this or is the movement different? I haven't measured the diameter of the bars but I'm guessing this hasn't changed?

    I'm hoping a classic Shimano SLR aero set will work, but recommendations for anything lighter will be lapped up :)
     
  2. Jonny69

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  3. Big Chris

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    From what I remember, v-brake levers (as you've said) pull more cable than standard canti/caliper brake levers.

    I think in which case you'll be fine with them. You'd only have a problem if you were trying to pull a v-brake with a standard lever.
     
  4. touch

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    A bit further down on that link you posted he says:
    So it's probably not a good idea.
     
  5. Jonny69

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    Yeah, that's what I thought, cheers :)