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STI and V-Brake compatibility?(4 posts)

STI and V-Brake compatibility?Spiderman
Jun 24, 2001 12:02 PM
Is it true that STI and V-brakes are not compatible? If it is true, does anyone know why ?
re: STI and V-Brake compatibility?Rich Clark
Jun 24, 2001 12:46 PM
STI levers don't pull enough cable for V-brakes. That's what Travel Agents are for.

On touring bikes, you generally see one of two things: V-brakes with regular levers, and bar-end shifters (example: Trek 520, Bruce Gordon); or STI levers with cantilever brakes, usually Avid Shorty (Cannondale, Bianchi, etc, etc).

No, they can work togetherpmf
Jun 25, 2001 8:51 AM
I had a cross bike that I installed XT v-brakes on using World Class travel agents. I wasn't thrilled with the performance. Road levers don't have the same amount of pull that mountain levers do. To brake, I had pull the levers all the way to the bar. They did work better than the cheapo cantis that the bike came with. I constantly fiddled with them and never got them to work very well. If I were to do it over again (I sold the bike), I would try Avid Shorty brakes or another of the cross specific brakes instead. I hear they work better with STI levers.
re: STI and V-Brake compatibility?Seven
Jun 26, 2001 11:38 AM
According to Zinn's roadbike guide, the STI levers don't have a long enough pull to work the V brakes. There are aftermarket products designed to allow regular MTB brake levers to work V brakes, but I don't know whether they work with STI levers