V-Brake to Cantilever

lackofgrip Posts: 851
edited November 2011 in Workshop
I am in the process of swapping from straight bar to drop handlebars/integrated shifters

The gears work fine just that as you all probably know the shifters I have don't generate enough power for adequate stopping.

Will cantilevers go straight onto my hybrid without a problem?

I've been looking at Planet -X- frogs bollox

I have a Trek T30 Hybrid


  • elcani
    elcani Posts: 280
    Hi there. You'll need canti 'hangers' front and rear, the same or similar to the ones I've linked to below. I must say that having Googled the Trek T30, it's a rather odd bike to fit drop bars to, especially considering the cost of doing so. I would seriously consider putting the money towards a second-hand road, touring or cyclocross bike that is designed for drops. Sell the Trek if it no longer suits your needs. But, of course, it's up to you!

    http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/BST ... 4ap1_black
    http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/BST ... 6at1_318mm

  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Try looking at mini-vees e.g. Tektro 926 which are optimised for the cable-pull of road levers. As well as needing cable-hangers, cantis are generally more tricky to set-up. CX racers are prepared to live with this because of the better mud clearances.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • marcusjb
    marcusjb Posts: 2,412
    Aside from any cable pull and hanger issues etc. - can I just say, if you do decide to go through with this plan, don't use the Frog's Bollox - they frankly are bollox.

    In fairness, most of it is the pads they supply (my Pompino came with these brakes) - but the overall design doesn't allow for much setup (which cantis need), geting toe etc. sorted is impossible with them.

    There are MUCH better cantis out there.
  • I like the Tektro CR720 cantis, have used them on a couple of bikes. Well made, not too pricy and easy to set up - well, easy for a canti brake.
  • +1 for CR720s. They are brilliant. Just changed from old Shimano LX cantis to these and the difference in stopping power is immense.
  • Mr Plum
    Mr Plum Posts: 1,097
    Mini Vs are the way to go for max stopping power. Changed from standard cantis on a Tricross to mini v's and the difference is like night and day.
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