Best Brakes for Linear Pull Levers?

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  1. Gary Mishler

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    What's the best brake to use with Shimano XT levers? Can you use cantilevers, or only V brakes?
    Which brakes do you recommend?

    TIA, Mish
     
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  2. Most brake manufacturers recommend that you do not use handles designed for linear pulls with
    regular canti's. This is probably because they pull so much cable that it would be difficult to get
    accurate braking. I may be wrong though (Sheldon?).

    Personally, though, I don't see why you couldn't. You would loose a lot of leverage and have to
    squeeze harder due to the change in mechanical advantage. But you wouldn't have to worry about your
    handles "bottoming out".

    May you have the wind at your back. And a really low gear for the hills! Chris

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  3. > Most brake manufacturers recommend that you do not use handles designed for linear pulls with
    > regular canti's. This is probably because they pull so much cable that it would be difficult to
    > get accurate braking. I may be wrong though (Sheldon?).

    Because they pull the cable twice as far, they pull it half as hard.

    > Personally, though, I don't see why you couldn't. You would loose a lot of leverage and have to
    > squeeze harder due to the change in mechanical advantage.

    Exactly. If you're a very light rider with very, very strong hands, this might be OK as long as it
    was dry, but forget stopping in the wet.

    > But you wouldn't have to worry about your handles "bottoming out".

    You _would_ have to worry about your face "bottoming out." Don't do it!

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