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    Tektro RL520 Should Marry ...?

    G'day

    I have decided to upgrade my standard brakes on my Surly Long Haul Trucker with Tektro RL520 levers as suggested frequently here and elsewhere.

    My question is to which v-brake to marry them to. From what I have read the Tektro 857AL has been the recommend v-brake in the past in part because of the mudguard clearance (I have mudguards on the Surly). Is this still the best option?

    Also I assume that with the levers and v-brakes there are no other components required for a retro fit?

    Thanks
    Andrew

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    Have you considered the TRP CX-9 mini Vs? I just built a Crosscheck for a friend and used the CX-9s. They seem pretty powerful and work with regular drop bar levers. Much better than cantilevers.

    But anyway, yes, all you need are levers that match the brake pull. I don't see how any particular V-brake will have more clearance for fenders than others, they all seem to be about the same shape. I used Avid V-brakes on my Crosscheck and LHT and they worked well. No problems fitting SKS P35 fenders under them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29 View Post
    I don't see how any particular V-brake will have more clearance for fenders than others, they all seem to be about the same shape. I used Avid V-brakes on my Crosscheck and LHT and they worked well. No problems fitting SKS P35 fenders under them.
    Same here.

    I do prefer full-Vs to minis, but the one time I had minis I also had a wheel way prone to going out of true, which minis are highly sensitive to. Full Vs are pretty bomb-proof and I am not sure how different any one is from another.

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