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brake lever question
Last Post 08/13/2014 08:41 AM by carl x. 10 Replies.
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THE SKINNY

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08/03/2014 07:19 PM
will mtb brake levers work with road rim brakes? i was going to try it but i forgot i didn't have any pads in my old set of brakes so instead of buying pads only to find out it doesn't work i thought i would ask the forum. they are deore levers and sora brakes.
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longslowdistance

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08/03/2014 09:02 PM
MTB levers pull more cable, so it will work, but you'll have less mechanical advantage (so squeeze harder).
Ride On

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08/03/2014 09:24 PM
My commuter bike is set up this way. It works fine.
79pmooney

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08/03/2014 11:45 PM
I actually really like V-brake road levers with dual pivot road brakes. Far more than with standard road levers which yield far more braking power than I want on any surface I don't know and trust. (I assume that many MTB levers have roughly the pull and mechanical advantage of road V-brake levers.)

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Oldfart

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08/04/2014 12:42 AM
Depends. There are two kinds of mountain levers for rim brakes. V brakes which pull more cable, less leverage than canti levers. Road levers typically are fine with any cantilever like for cross but suck with regular long arm v brakes. But there are road v calipers and road long arm v levers too. You just need the correct match.
THE SKINNY

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08/04/2014 08:41 AM
i was using these levers for avid bb7s. i don't see why it wouldn't work as the calipers don't move that much unlike v brakes.
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longslowdistance

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08/04/2014 09:32 AM
What didn't work very well was original (mtb) BB7s with older model brifters with large paddles that hit the bars before pulling enough cable to work well.
Oldfart

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08/04/2014 03:11 PM
There are road bb7 and mountain. The mountain version moves a v brake amount of cable. So if you use them with road calipers they will be weaker than design to be. Going the other way and using road levers with long v brakes requires the brakes to be set withe pads almost rubbing constantly and the lever will pull almost to the bar and the brakes are as touchy as all get out. Unusable really. There was a travel agent thingy that allowed the two to work. I had them on a bike. Shitty.
THE SKINNY

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08/04/2014 03:28 PM
i'm using mtb levers to actuate road calipers. if it was the other way around i doubt it would work.
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THE SKINNY

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08/12/2014 08:51 PM
Posted By Ride On on 08/03/2014 09:24 PM
My commuter bike is set up this way. It works fine.


this i've found to be true. not sure if i'm comfortable with it though.
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THE SKINNY

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08/13/2014 08:41 AM
ignore the previous post. i meant to quote the post above the one i quoted. the brakes are weak so new levers are on the list.
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