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    Rookie rim brake question

    I'll try to keep this short. I'm looking for a frame to swap my current components over to. I currently have Deore XT V-brakes. If I buy a frame that originally ran top pull cantilever brakes, will my V's bolt right on? I'm trying to do this as cheaply as possible. My budget entry into mountain biking is turning out to be anything but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaylex View Post
    I'll try to keep this short. I'm looking for a frame to swap my current components over to. I currently have Deore XT V-brakes. If I buy a frame that originally ran top pull cantilever brakes, will my V's bolt right on? I'm trying to do this as cheaply as possible. My budget entry into mountain biking is turning out to be anything but...

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    Yes. You will need new cables and housing.
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    brake studs are the same for canti's & V's. The only issue is if there is a cable stop for the rear brake near the seat tube cluster, if there is not, you may need to be creative or use a problem solvers style cable stop (aka 'backstop"). I tried zip ties w/ full housing to the rear brake noodle, worked just OK.... tended to slip over time.

    I don't have a pic handy of mine, but some of my older mtb frames only have noodles to run cables around cluster. I use a backstop to run v-brakes.
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    I did have a pic on my hard drive! Here's a pic of it before I got a backstop (& put a weeride kid seat on it ), though you can't see the brake housing since it's on the other side of the toptube. The cable housing has since been properly trimmed too

    No worries if you've got cable stops near the seat tube.
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    Thanks folks. That's what I was needing to know.

    What's involved in mounting one of these "cable stops" and where would I find one if I need to go that route?

    Sorry for the newbie ignorance.
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    I ordered one at a LBS, but they can be found online. You just need to get the correct diameter for your bike.
    straight from the source or jensonusa or just try a google shopper search
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