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    Brake Lever questions?

    Will V-brake brake levers operate properly with U-brakes?

    Are there any recommended U-brake brake levers that are more on the compact size?

    I am upgrading brakes on a vintage tandem and the captainís controls are for the front, obviously, and the rear chainstay brake while the stoker controls the seat stay brake. I am going to put v-brakes on for the front and rear(stoker) and was hoping I could use a v-brake lever for the captainís rear brake which is the chainstay U-brake. If not, I would like a lever similar to the v-brake lever.

    Shimano Xt V-brakes and levers are the upgrade.


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    U brakes use short pull ratio levers, like cantilevers would use.

    It'll end up feeling like garbage with a V lever on there.

    My personal suggestion?

    Call Paul Components, and see if they will sell you a mixed pair, one long pull, one short. Since they make them right there, it'd be an easier accommodation, any other place would just sell you two sets of levers and tell you to figure it out for yourself.

    The Love levers are nice and compact too, so well suited to your project.
    Cannondale Lefty and HeadShock servicing, wheel building, etc...

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    Maybe see if you can find some of those Real levers that had dual cable mounting positions?

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    I used some avid ultimate levers for cantilevers on my 91 GT Zaskar. Upgraded to some V-Brakes in front and WTB Toggle cam in rear. I re installed the part that holds the cable head upside down on the front lever to gain more pull. The speed dial adjuster was handy to fine tune for V-brake pull.

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