Mongoose Rider said:
I was just curious what "v brakes" means. I was under the impression that v brakes were standard rim-brakes but I found on my bike that the brake levers say v brakes on them but I have disc brakes....
I believe V-brakes get their name because of the long arms angled away from each other in the shape of the letter V (when seen from the front). V-Brakes require the use of a V-Brake compatible brake lever. These levers pull a higher ratio of cable as the lever is pulled. The disk brakes on your bike are designed to be used with V-Brake levers.
There are many types of Rim brakes. V-Brakes just happen to be the most recent design. They may also be the last now that Discs are available.
Other types of Rim brakes include:
Cantilever = older MTB and current cyclo-cross bikes
Single-pivot = Older road/touring bikes
Dual-Pivot = Newer road bikes
U-brake = Older BMX