ATB levers with sidepull brakes

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  1. kfp5200

    kfp5200 New Member

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    I'm converting my wife's old, old Trek 1000 road bike to a commuting bike. She'd like ATB-style handlebars, so among other things (e.g. new stem) she'll need new brake levers. The brakes are Dia-Compe sidepulls, so my question is whether ATB levers that are designed for cantilever or V-Brakes will also work for sidepull brakes. I've noted on our other bikes that ATB levers travel much further than road-style levers for sidepull brakes so I guess the end result will be that her sidepull brakes will be much more sensitive unless I adjust them a bit looser.

    Is this a wise combination? I can't convert the brakes themselves because of course there aren't braze-ons for V brakes.

    Any info is appreciated. Thanks.
     
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  2. Retro Grouch

    Retro Grouch New Member

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    Try to find canty compatable brake levers. They'll have a cable pull ratio that more closely matches standard road brake levers.
     
  3. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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  4. kfp5200

    kfp5200 New Member

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    Thanks for the input. I'll try those Shimano levers.

    Cheers!
    Karl
     
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