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Anyone use just MTB lever on tops with front V-brake?...TFerguson
May 9, 2003 8:52 AM
Seems like a simple solution for a road fixie. No cantis, no cable hanger, no road-to-V pulleys, etc. Just a left MTB lever mounted on the top and a front V. Any thoughts?
bad diam.Steve_0
May 9, 2003 11:05 AM
road bars generally have a thicker diameter than mountain bars...therefore MTB levers typically dont fit onto roadbars.

perhaps with some machining or an afternoon of half-round filing...but not stock. Besides, dont v-brakes require canti-bosses? Few roadbikes have cantibosses.

Cyclocross interrupter levers will work though.
I have a spare pair of Paul's top mount CX levers....TFerguson
May 9, 2003 12:34 PM
Hate to split the pair, though. I know - I need two fixies!!!

Bike is a 2000 Bianchi Volpe. Steel, horizintal drop outs, and canti bosses.
re: Anyone use just MTB lever on tops with front V-brake?...D_man
May 9, 2003 12:24 PM
If you use Bontrager Racelite Cyclocross bars it would probably work, as they are designed to work with a 25.4 MTB stem. This would require you to use a MTB stem of course.
Not too sure about that...Steve_0
May 9, 2003 12:50 PM
the stem diameter is not the problem; it's the bar diameter (i.e., diameter of bar where the components are attached, not the diameter of the bar where the stem-bulge is).

If the Bontrager bars, despite the stem-bulge, have roadbar diameter, than MTB components wont work.

On the other hand, if Bontrager has MTB diameter bars, you'll be fine; but I doubt this is the case since Cyclocross bikes generally use road components.
let me qualify that....Steve_0
May 9, 2003 12:55 PM
after reading my own post; that sounded confusing. I'll try again.

Most road bars are 15/16", despite stembulge size.
Most MTB bars are 7/8", despite stembulge size.

Road components are 15/16"
MTB components are 7/8"

If you have a standard road bar, and a standard MTB component, they aint gonna match (without alot of mods).
let me qualify that....D_man
May 9, 2003 6:29 PM
You're right. my bad.
I tried itContinental
May 10, 2003 5:58 AM
But remembering where the brake was located and simultaneously remembering not to coast was way more than my brain could process when a car would pull out in front of me.