Mountain Bike Brake Levers

V-brake levers pull the cable at twice the rate of cantilever and sidepull brake levers. They must be used with V-Brakes and with most cable-operated disc brakes. If you are repairing a bike with the older style cantilever brakes (the cable pull up at the top rather than across) or sidepull brakes, you'd do best to use a sidepull/cantilever specific lever.