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    V-brakes on old frame?

    I have an older model VooDoo Wanga made in the states I think in the late 90s. The rear brake bosses are pretty close to the frame and I think were made clearly for canti-brakes only. I am trying to run some Avid Single Digit 3 V-brakes on this. Two problems. Even trying to use a rollamajig (I saw this once), the brake cable comes from the right side of the top of the seat tube and does not line-up so smooth to the V-brake noodle on the left. And, the brakes are so close to the 2.2 tire that they rub on the treads when pulled to full braking power. I cant seem to get the arms far enough away from the tire tread or get enough spring from them to release. Any suggestions? Or should I just go to canti-brakes?
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    Get rid of the rollamajig and go with a solid (full) housing from the brake to the lever and you should be fine!
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    That's hilarious. Who dreamed up that funny configuration? Don't answer.

    Ditch the rollamajig.
    Route the brake cable housing to the other side of the seat tube.
    Connect the brake cable house to the top of the noodle.
    Re-adjust the brake pads further in from the brake arms, to give more clearance. There is plenty of post there.

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    Yeah what they said.
    After you run the full length housing, secure it to the top tube with zip (electrical) ties.

    It's hard to tell from your picture, but it looks like you've got some washers on the brake pad post outside of the brake arm that, if moved to the inside, would move the brake pad closer to the rim, giving your brake arm more room.

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    What brake levers are you using? Try moving the washers around like smilinsteve said to give you more clearance...and canti brakes use the same bosses as linear brakes in any case.
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