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shimano sti handle "reach"(8 posts)

shimano sti handle "reach"aerostar7
Jan 17, 2002 5:03 PM
My wife has small hands and is unable to use the drop position because she cannot reach the shimano 105 sti brake handles. Any ideas on reducing the reach? Any other sti-compatible handles that solve this problem? (the terry reduced reach handles are NOT sti compatible)
re: shimano sti handle "reach"TSlothrop
Jan 18, 2002 12:19 AM
I have a similar problem with the reach on my 105 levers, and I'm 6'! My previous bike had RSX levers which I found much easier to reach. This might not exactly help, as you probably don't want to 'upgrade' from 105 to RSX, but if needs must... Also, I find anatomical bars leave the hand a fraction further back from the levers than the round bars.
re: shimano sti handle "reach"Rusty coggs
Jan 18, 2002 8:06 AM
I wonder if your observation about different reach between lever models was due to position on the bars or bar design.I have used them all,including RSX, and cannot atribute preceived differences in reach to differences in the levers themselves.
re: shimano sti handle "reach"Rusty Coggs
Jan 18, 2002 7:51 AM
The Terry bars(reduced reach) were compatible on my sti setup.Terry uses her bars with Sti shifters,on her built bikes.What am I missing here?
re: shimano sti handle "reach"KEN2
Jan 18, 2002 8:43 AM
He means the Terry (reduced-reach) SHIFTERS are not STI type.
re: ActuallyRusty Coggs
Jan 18, 2002 12:33 PM
Acoding to the Terry site, what is offered is compact reduced reach BRAKE LEVERS made by diacomp.Others have reported no imprvement with these levers.Terry does not make shifters.
re: shimano sti handle "reach"Samcat
Jan 18, 2002 10:11 AM
Shimano STI levers, with the exception of Sora I believe, are not adjustable for reach.

A possible alternative solution might be to look at bars with a different bend and/or drop. TTT Morphe, Salsa Poco, and the Terry bar all might provide a more comfortable reach than what she presently has on her bike.

You might also want to drop her levers half an inch or so, so that the bottom of the lever is below the curve of the drop by that amount and see if that helps. If not, raise the levers by that same amount above their present position and see if that works for her. You should be able to loosen the lever clamp and move the levers, slowly and carefully, without removing the tape by that small amount.

There is no simple fix, but try various alternatives and I'm sure you'll help the situation somewhat...

Sam
re: shimano sti handle "reach"APSBiker01
Jan 22, 2002 12:51 AM
Wylder bikes had a setup with a little wedge inside the lever that reduced the reach. Try that -- a little piece of plastic JB welded to the lever in there will effectively reduce the reach. Try your LBS, they're there to help you out.