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Using MTB V-brake levers for road bike?(5 posts)

Using MTB V-brake levers for road bike?rapid
Sep 20, 2002 2:28 PM
I'm building a road racer with a flat bar and I'm wondering if I can use MTB V-brake levers with road style brakes... Anyone ever tried that?
re: Using MTB V-brake levers for road bike?Akirasho
Sep 21, 2002 10:37 AM
... I've never done it, but it would seem that since V levers pull more cable... it should work.

Some V levers allow for adjustment... which are you using? Wonder of the Cyclo Cross board would have the info (this might be one of their options)?

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
I wouldn't recommend it.Spoke Wrench
Sep 22, 2002 11:28 AM
If you use a brake lever that is configured for linear pull brakes, I'd think road caliper brakes would be too "touchy." They would be too hard to modulate whenever you didn't want full wheel skid stopping power.

Shimano brake levers have a cable pull adjustment that I expect should eliminate that problem. If I were going to try what you are suggesting, that's what I would use.
I'm using V's on my SS 'cross/fixed-gear....SS_MB-7
Sep 23, 2002 4:28 AM
I'm using V's on my SS 'cross/fixed-gear bike.

Since V's require a different amount of cable-pull than road calipers, you'll need to either use:
1 - Travel Agent;


2 - Dia-Compe 287V levers.

I've read very mixed reviews about the Travel Agent, so I went with the Dia-Compe v-compatible levers and I have been very pleased with them so far.

Yes, V's are overkill for road and slightly so for 'cross. However, I've always hated cantis so I went with V's. They are very powerful and, unfortunately, do not offer much in the way of modulation. I have a MTB background and I use disc brakes so I have become accustomed to powerful, but well modulated braking.

Since I'm on a singlespeed, shifters were not a concern of mine. However, if you opt for the Dia-Compe lever, you'll need to use either bar-end or downtube shifters.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
I'm using V's on my SS 'cross/fixed-gear....Fred the Cross Poser
Sep 24, 2002 6:52 AM
Mike -

I think he was talking about using mountain bike levers with road calipers...