I own an Fuji Absolute 1.4, a flat-bar road bike, 2013 model with 700x28c Tires and a carbon fork. The bike is really smooth but I am not happy with the braking power. I want to replace the existing V-Brakes with Caliper Brakes. I have searched all over the net, and found few relevant answers but they were not satisfactory. Now I have few questions in mind.
1. My Bike front Fork is Carbon and it has a hole probably for a fender mount or Calipers. Is it possible to mount Calipers on it. If so what type of Calipers do i need to get (Short or Long Reach Ones).
2. I don't want to use Cantilever brakes as i am not a fan of them.
3. If I have mounted calipers successfully, do I need to change the brake levers to pull the brakes as i know caliper brakes require short pull with increased tension.
I want to convert as i want to change the bike into a touring one in future with good amount of braking power. Thank you
Generally, V brakes have much better stopping power than calipers. And I'm guessing that your frame will require calipers with a pretty long reach, which makes it even worse. Forget about caliper brakes - concentrate on making your existing brakes work better.
First thing you should do is to check if anything's malfunctioning: are the cables sliding freely? Are any of the moving parts binding? Are the pads contacting the rim squarely? Next step is to upgrade the brake pads.
If you do switch, then yes, you'll need new levers. Caliper and cantilever brakes: short pull, V brakes: long pull.