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    So I recently got my hands on a Schwinn High Plains that I am going to build into a single speed dropbar gravel/greenway/singletrack cruiser. It seems like it originally used canti brakes. Would it be a bad idea to use V-brakes instead? How much difference does the actual V-brake make versus the pad and rim?

    Edit: I only got the frame with a headset and BB so I don't currently have any brakes.
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    Well set up, better quality canti's, with good quality after market pads, and quality compressionless housing, stop great.

    Cheap V's set up like crap with stock pads, cables and housing, stop equally to the above set up.

    So there's a lot of blurring, but end of the day, V's just have more punch, by design. How much with either type, is always, in the details.
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    The only reason to go canti would be if you're trying to do some sort of period-correct VRC build, or already have some and don't have and can't afford V's.
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    Are you going to be using brifters (road bike shifters/brake leavers)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Are you going to be using brifters (road bike shifters/brake leavers)?
    Exactly. This guy figured it out: if you are using brifters you will have to use either cantis or mini vees and not v brakes.
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    As long as you use V levers, and not the canti levers that came on the bike (if it indeed came with cantis). V brakes need more pull than canti levers can provide. Or get an adapter pulley to make up the difference
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    Exactly. This guy figured it out: if you are using brifters you will have to use either cantis or mini vees and not v brakes.
    Ahem...

    He said single speed, didn't know they required shifters, let alone brifters...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Ahem...

    He said single speed, didn't know they required shifters, let alone brifters...
    lol, oops! Ok, but what kind of brake levers? Can you get road style that will pull v-brakes out of the box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 93EXCivic View Post
    So I recently got my hands on a Schwinn High Plains that I am going to build into a single speed dropbar gravel/greenway/singletrack cruiser. It seems like it originally used canti brakes. Would it be a bad idea to use V-brakes instead? How much difference does the actual V-brake make versus the pad and rim?
    Limited to Cane Creek V-levers (or fugly travel agents to mesh v-brakes with drop levers). Absolutely nothing wrong with cantilever brakes, they do a great job. How much trouble to really expect to get in on your singlespeed? Save your ducats for post-ride beverages...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    lol, oops! Ok, but what kind of brake levers? Can you get road style that will pull v-brakes out of the box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats View Post
    Limited to Cane Creek V-levers (or fugly travel agents to make mesh v-brakes with drop levers). Absolutely nothing wrong with cantilever brakes, they do a great job. How much trouble to really expect to get in on your singlespeed? Save your ducats for post-ride beverages...
    I don't have cantis laying around so is it worth buying them when I could V-brakes for the same price? It was a frame only not a complete bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Ahem...

    He said single speed, didn't know they required shifters, let alone brifters...
    Ooops... my reading comprehension skills gets worse by the month. So yeah, v brakes work better in every aspect except big fat tire removal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 93EXCivic View Post
    I don't have cantis laying around so is it worth buying them when I could V-brakes for the same price?
    Resounding 'no'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    lol, oops! Ok, but what kind of brake levers? Can you get road style that will pull v-brakes out of the box?
    Yep, Tektro and a few others have roadie lever long pull options...
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    Ooops... my reading comprehension skills gets worse by the month.
    No worries, I've missed plenty before and gone on and on whilst doing it!
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    I believe Tektro manufactures levers for Cane Creek. But the CCs have a nicer logo.
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    Iíve really never had a problem stopping with cantilevers. Personally I think itís all in the set up. Plus cantilevers might not stop as well but the modulation is worlds better than a V-brake which is off or on.
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    everyone says V-brakes stop better, but in my limited experience I don't feel a big difference. And I like the looks of the cantilevers.
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