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A Shimano V-brakes Compatability Question(2 posts)

A Shimano V-brakes Compatability Questionspacemobile1
Aug 4, 2002 2:52 PM
I have a Specialized Sirrus Elite bike with MTN bars, Rapidfire shifters and a Ritchey Triple crank. It has linear pull house brand V-brakes. I want to put a road bar and Ultegra STI on the bike. Will the brake levers work with the linear pull brakes? If not, would one of those wheel type V-brake boosters work effectively? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Need more cable pull.Spoke Wrench
Aug 4, 2002 5:20 PM
Most road bike brake levers don't have enough cable pull for linear pull brakes. The most common solution is to use a cable pull device called "Travel Agent."

Here's where it gets interesting. The instructions that come with the Travel Agent tell you to use a braided brake cable. That might work OK on the front, but braided cables have too much stretch for the back. I'd just use an ordinary brake cable and keep an eye out for fraying around the pulley.

Oh. If you are buying a new handlebar anyway, be sure to get one with a 25.4mm clamp diameter. Most road bars are 26.0.