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top mount brakes and aerobars....(5 posts)

top mount brakes and aerobars....bobfairfax
Jan 2, 2003 2:46 PM
I'm an ex-inline skater with a need for speed.

I've been looking into the Specialized Sequoia Expert, but was wondering if the standard top-mount brakes would be compatible with Profile Aerolite bars in hopes of increasing my position options from comfort to extreme as I will mostly be using the bike for fitness and commuting.

Also is it advisable to buy Ultegra right off the bat, or should I upgrade the 105s as the years go by? My thanks in advance for any advice.
Clarification required...TFerguson
Jan 3, 2003 7:03 AM
I think you are asking about cyclocross style top mount brake levers. Do you want to install them on the aerobars or are asking if the bars will interfere with the levers mounted on the tops?

105 is fine. But upgrading is seldom cost effective unless the parts need to be replaced, so if you want Ultegra, do it with the initial purchase.

new road bikes have top mount brakes...bobfairfax
Jan 3, 2003 9:28 AM
Yes, I've only seen information on cyclocross top mount brake levers, but the new Specialized Sequoia are road bikes that have them too--they claim it is for comfort when riding on the top. I noticed the Trek comfort series road bikes have top mount brake levers as well, but their XO-1 cyclecross bike doesn't have them.

I had never heard of this before and so I wondered if the bikes would be compatible with aerobars or if I should buy a standard road bike with no top mount brake levers.
My wife's Calfee has top mount brakes...gogene
Jan 3, 2003 9:23 PM
..and I tried mounting a pair of Profile Design Stryke 2000 aerobars, and they fit fine, no interferance with the top mount brake levers.
I use top mount brakes on my road bike,...TFerguson
Jan 4, 2003 3:55 AM
which is my CX bike, and like them a lot. When I am on a more leisurely ride, I ride the tops most of the time and use the top mounted brakes. They have come in very handy in avoiding baby strollers, etc. on the bike paths. Whether they would interfere with the aerobars, I can't say. You would have to check where they attach and the shape vs. where the levers attach.