Scott Gibbs

V-brake set ups

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Ditto.  Ran SD7 calipers and levers for 2-3 years and they were really good.

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I broke mine after a couple of rides. I remember Martin or Ali not being happy with them either. 

XT isn't any better than Deore really. The SD7 levers are really good. 

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they're just a bit fat to fit full pads and wide rims really, not had any issue with actual build quality 

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some of the germans seem to be running silky smooth Vee setups if I remember correctly.

@insomnia

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I felt a vee brake on a bike of @Ali C's at his flat in glasgow, that was so nice, never knew a vee, could be so well set up.

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i'ma  big fan of the new deore levers; the dearer sets come with cables in box and they're a split clamp design so you don't have to take your grips off to fit em :)they're cheaper than sd7s too. i've had a set for over a year with no issues.

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5 hours ago, ItsMatt said:

some of the germans seem to be running silky smooth Vee setups if I remember correctly.

@insomnia

It's @Martin Direske who's been running Vees for ages. He has old style SD7 levers and Ultimate brakes if I remember correctly (with a Shimano Carbone booster). I run SD7 levers and Ultimate brakes with Oddyssey linear slick cables. My brake (on a Rockman Gabbro with Vee mounts and a cheap Tektro booster) is super quiet but as powerful as a well setup HS33; the hold is even better. The force required to pull the lever is as little as a water bled HS33. The only thing is that the bite point is a bit mushy due to the cables.

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Well after somehow ripping my Avid SD7 arm apart, when i was setting it up cause i'm a ham fisted bad jock, i went to Evans in desperate times and bought some cheapy Shimano Alvio's. 

I'm really impressed so far, couldn't be happier.

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Ultimate Arms, SD7 lever, Odyssey linear slic cable, Shimano booster, Koxx browns with heatsink backings on a dead grind were awesome. Miss that brake.

New deore levers are nice, run mine rear one upside down so the split clamp is more knee friendly.

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