At one point I had to replace my rear V-brake mech (at the wheel). At first I tried a Shimano BR-M432, recommended by and bought from my LBS. I brought it home to do it myself, but the more I looked at it the more it seemed like a bad fit. In two significant ways, the Shimanos were shaped differently (see pictures) from the generic brakes that came with the bike.
The mechanic at the LBS insisted he could make them fit, but in the end I returned them. Instead, I bought something off eBay that looked like it had the same design as the one I was replacing. That's what I'm using now.
So my question is, was the mechanic at the LBS right? Would the BR-M432's have worked?
(The reason I'm asking is my current brakes really could be better so I'm looking at this again. I assume the Shimanos were more like a standard than the generic ones I have, meaning fit at the mounting interface will likely be a problem with any good replacement brakes?)
In the pictures you can see two potential problems, 1) the return spring mounting pin is shorter and 2) the brake body doesn't slide all the way onto the mounting post on the frame. Together, these mean the return spring pin penetration is about 3mm or 4mm less with the new brake. On top of that, the new one's return spring pin is conical on the end, not squared off, giving it even more wiggle room.