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  1. #1
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    May 2007

    COMPACT road levers for MTB V-brakes---argh..

    From what I understand, the compact road levers (Cane Creek SCR-5c and Tektro R100a), don't pull far enough for MTB V-brakes.

    I currently have Tektro RL520, designated brake levers for MTB V's, but they stick out from my drop bars too far. I really need a compact version of these . This is for my converted commuter 26" mtb with drop bars and one inch slicks.

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    Reputation: rodar y rodar's Avatar
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    Jul 2006
    Are you talking about the reach? To much stretch for your fingers? If so, you can likely fix them with a shim. On one pair that was too much stretch for me, I took the lever off, tapped a little hole up into the little lump where the cable would exit if it were a non-aero lever, and screwed a flat aluminum washer in there. Since then, I of heard a not-quite-so-secure, but much simpler method. Apparently, some people cut a little plastic piece from a self adhesive furniture foot pad and use it the same way.

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    viva la v-brakes!
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    Jan 2003
    There is a device called a Travel Agent from Problem Solvers that allows you to use v-brakes with the standard road levers of your choice.
    I have a car. I made a choice. I ride my bike.

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    Cane Creek SCR-5c and Tektro R100a will pull a canti brake. I have had the Cane Creeks and they are very comfortable.

    Hold on to the Tektros and change the bar to a midge, dirt drop or compact road bar.

    Would you consider a flat bar? Im using a on one freegle bar with shimano HL 550 brake/shifters on my CX bike and love it.

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