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shifter repair question

Discussion in 'The Shop' started by Krash, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Krash

    Krash Chimp

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    I've got an old Trek mountain bike (from the 90s) that has a broken right (back) shifter, and I think the front shifter is bad also. It has a Shimano Deore LX shifter set (3x/7x) and CANTILEVER brakes. I'd like to fix it for as little as possible. Anyway, I was a shifter/brake lever combo set (shimano EF-51) on Amazon for about $30 that has rave reviews, but... it is for a V-brake. I think with my cantilever brakes, the v-brake levers won't give much braking power?
    Am I right and would this be a mistake?
    Looking at the current brake lever/shifter combo on my Trek, I'm not sure if I can remove just the shifter? And would the EF-51 then attach ok?
    Any good ideas on a low-cost solution?
     

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  2. Krash

    Krash Chimp

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    Bump...
    Anyone have any thoughts on this? Specifically, if I put the shifter/lever set on and it is for V-brakes and my old bike has cantilever brakes, will I have poor braking?
     
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  3. jonKranked

    jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

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    the difference between canti's and v-brake levers is the cable pull. v-brakes are liner pull, canti's are not - the levers pull much less cable (can't remember exactly how much). you couldn't use canti levers with v-brakes (they don't pull enough cable). in theory you could get away with using v-levers and canti brakes, but it wouldn't be a great setup. it would be super finicky, you'd pull the lever a tiny amount and it would lock the brakes up.
     
  4. GodSmack

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    Been there done that. shell out the 30 bucks. The brakes will feel ok. You can get v brakes for close to nothing because nobody uses them. Hell every old timer probably has a set hiding in the basement collecting dust.
    My commuter bikes uses canties with v brake levers.