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The original XTR V-brake levers had an adjustable cam and by changing the leverage to work with v-brakes or cantilever brakes (or those Paul Racer Brakes) I had very good results using them with a number of different brakes. On that bike, it was just a combination of friction (rubber rim brake pads/aluminum rims/rain) v. the weight of a loaded trailer in North Vancouver. I've also used them with both MTN and Road versions of Avid Disc brakes.
I've had those XTR V-brake levers for a couple of decades now and they're still tight. A beautiful example of Shimano's past manufacturing quality. Absolutely not for sale but nice try!
*Edit: I used the Paul Racer Brakes both with Paul Cantilever brake levers and with the XTR levers and power was similar but the XTR levers were much smoother. And I'm a Paul fan!
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