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brake levers for bullhorn bars(6 posts)

brake levers for bullhorn barsbigskulls
Apr 12, 2002 8:04 AM
I've always wanted a bike with bullhorn bars, the ones that look like upside-down road bars with the drops cut off. What I don't quite understand is what kind of brake levers they take. I know alot of them are set up as fixtes, and therefore have no brakes OR levers, but I was thinking of a geared set up. Can I use MTB levers with regular road brakes (i.e. 105s) and mount them close to the stem? Is there a better way?
re: brake levers for bullhorn barsJimP
Apr 12, 2002 8:08 AM
Cane Creek makes brake levers that fit into the ends of the bars. Look at Nashbar or Performance website for them.
re: brake levers for bullhorn barsAkirasho
Apr 12, 2002 10:25 AM
... what's your application?

Yeah, you could use MTB levers, but not as you described, and they wouldn't be very ergo... and you'd be limited to where you could place them... and they'd most likely be heavier than specific levers.

I run cowhorns on my TT bikes, and I like Syntace Space Controls... they are ultra smooth and light. (site currently under construction)

Dia Comp 188s are less costly, but in my opinion, lack the "feel" of the Space Controls.

Note, that you may loose some options when running cowhorns... they are best suited to relatively flat rides (less hand positions... not quite as good for climbs as drops... in and of themselves, not quite as aero as drops).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
regular levers will work fine.jw25
Apr 12, 2002 12:20 PM
Actually, look at pics from any big TT, and you'll see pro's using standard aero brake levers on the ends of their bullhorns. You'll get a small lump from the cable housing, since it has to be bent more than usual to lie along the bars, but it's in an out-of-the-way spot.
Personally, I've used the Dia-Compe TT levers, and they're fine, but the reach is pretty far. Most cowhorns have a pronounced curve at the end of the "horns", though, and if you trimmed this off, the reach should be closer. I might do this - I'm still dialing in the TT bike.
I'm pretty sure MTB levers won't work here - the bar diameters are different, and the cable routing would be funny - if they fit, you could run them on the flat portion, but you really want to be braking from the horns, with your hands as far apart as possible for stability.
... ture dat...Akirasho
Apr 12, 2002 1:51 PM
Ergo or STI seem more popular in the pro peloton while cowhorn mounts are more popular amongst TT/Tri. It's a matter of personal preferences and course conditions.

Any, yep, surprisingly, you can use MTB levers on 'em (I've done it, but on a different kind of project) but aside from some odd applications, I see no point (and you're right, the cable run would be odd).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
No-buck solutioncory
Apr 12, 2002 2:28 PM
Years ago (like 20), I flopped my drop bars and cut them off to make bullhorns, then flopped the existing levers so the open end was even with the end of the bullhorns and the cable (non-aero) came out pointing back toward the frame. Worked great and looked fine.