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    cantilever vs v brake bosses

    Is there a difference, are cantilevers and v-brakes interchangable or does the positioning of the brake boss indicate if one or the other can be used.

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    they're the same afaik.

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    More or less what he said, the brake boss positioning for normal cantilever a V-Brakes is the same, but cable pull lengths are different so you need either the correct brake levers or an adapter like a Travel Agent to correct for the longer cable pull on a V-brake. If your bike has cam operated brakes or hydraulic rim brakes then all bets are off because they do have the bosses in different positions.
    As a further aside, if you want more power than cantis but also want to keep your old levers you can do like the cyclocross guys and use mini-v brakes which have the same cable pull as cantilever brakes.
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    Yep.. third that

    Quote Originally Posted by mapleridge03 View Post
    Is there a difference, are cantilevers and v-brakes interchangable or does the positioning of the brake boss indicate if one or the other can be used.
    V-Brakes and Canti brakes use the same bosses. The only rub is where to hang the brake cable with canti brakes since V-Brakes don't need a center hangar. On rear brakes of my cyclocross bike, I use an anchor attached to my seatpost clamp. I've seen other guys use a bolt on the stem for the front canti brake, but that only works with rigid forks.

    Canti brakes rule! Don'tr change them... except for disc brakes!!

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