LX v-brake levers w non v-brakes?

LX v-brake levers w non v-brakes?

Post by Chri » Tue, 31 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Can I use LX v-brake levers on non v-brake cantilevers, specifically
Onzas? I am thinking of dumping my LX v-brakes, the pad wear is awful and
will get expensive.
Will the LX levers work if I set the servo wave setting to H so I get less
cable pull?
As a side issue what exactly are those H, L settings for?

Your help is appreciated.

p.s. this has also been posted to rec.bicycles.offroad but with no response.

 
 
 

LX v-brake levers w non v-brakes?

Post by James Ro » Tue, 31 Mar 1998 04:00:00

 I think you can use your LX levers with Onza brakes but the feel will
not be too good.   I think your better off to keep the V-brakes and try
some different pads to see which lasts the longest in the conditions you
ride.  I ride in alot of mud and have tried Shimano, Ritchey severe
conditions, and Cool Stop pads and found the Cool Stops to be the
longest lasting...and coincidently...the least expensive.
   My $0.02 worth...
      James

Missing Person

Click here to visit my website.


 
 
 

LX v-brake levers w non v-brakes?

Post by Alex Wetmor » Wed, 01 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Can I use LX v-brake levers on non v-brake cantilevers, specifically
>Onzas? I am thinking of dumping my LX v-brakes, the pad wear is awful and
>will get expensive.

A cheaper solution would be to get better pads.  I'm currently experimenting
with running Koolstop pads in my LX V-brakes to see how long they last.
Shimano does sell thicker XT pads (labelled "Extreme conditions") which
could be used if you are worried about pads wearing out.  I'd suggest
getting brake shoes which take removeable pads... this drops the pad
replacement cost from about $11 to about $6.

So far I've used the Shimano pads, which lasted about 4 months (road riding
mostly in the rain).  Then I tried some inexpensive YehStar pads (mostly to
get the removable brakeshoes), they lasted about 3 weeks.  Now I'm running
Koolstop black pads, and next I'm going to try Koolstop red pads.

I haven't had to replace my rear pads yet, but that is probably because I
rarely use the rear brake.

alex

 
 
 

LX v-brake levers w non v-brakes?

Post by James Ro » Wed, 01 Apr 1998 04:00:00

   Doesn't matter what color your Kool Stop pads are...they are all made
from the same ***.  
   James

Missing Person

Click here to visit my website.

 
 
 

LX v-brake levers w non v-brakes?

Post by Randall N Liebe » Thu, 02 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Would it work to put the "power" setting to the highest notch?  I mean
reposition that little adjuster that's on the top of the lever body and
has threee settings, the one the user's manual tells you to leave on the
lowest setting. Sorry for the non-techno jargon.  I figure this will
tsake up the extra cable pull that regular cantis don't need.

Randy

 
 
 

LX v-brake levers w non v-brakes?

Post by Chri » Thu, 02 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Changing the position does greatly the reduce the amount of cable pulled,
so that's what I was wondering. I bought the bike used and didn't get any
owner's manuals, and could find no information at the Shimano web site,
except that I have the "Servo Wave" mechanism, doesn't help much.


Quote:

> Would it work to put the "power" setting to the highest notch?  I mean
> reposition that little adjuster that's on the top of the lever body and
> has threee settings, the one the user's manual tells you to leave on the
> lowest setting. Sorry for the non-techno jargon.  I figure this will
> tsake up the extra cable pull that regular cantis don't need.

> Randy

 
 
 

LX v-brake levers w non v-brakes?

Post by Andy Dingl » Fri, 03 Apr 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>Can I use LX v-brake levers on non v-brake cantilevers, specifically
>Onzas?

Yes, if you adjust the leverage.  They're not the best levers for
doing it though, as the Servo Wave gadgetry isn't quite the same
adjustable pull mechanism as the simpler Tektro or Dia Compe. It'll
give you workable brakes though, you just won't be able to set them as
close to the rims.

Why not buy some new levers ?  Round here pairs of old non-V levers
are being practically given away by shops clearing out old stock.
They're cheaper than decent brake pads !

Quote:
>I am thinking of dumping my LX v-brakes, the pad wear is awful

Shimano pads are crummy, even the XTR. Swap your pads to Aztec first,
then see if that fixes it.  Koolstop if you don't ride in rain.

Look at the new Onza Hola too.  All the old bits from the HO, with
long arms to make it into a V.  Cables like a V, pads like a canti.
I've not worked on one yet, but I intend to use a pair of spare HOs to
make my own clone of this design with some new arms.