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Q: Adjust Ultegra Brake Lever Reach ... How ?(3 posts)

Q: Adjust Ultegra Brake Lever Reach ... How ?scopestuff2
Oct 18, 2003 9:57 AM
Is there any way to adjust the lever reach on Ultegra brakes? I find that when the brakes are positioned well on the bars, and I'm comfortable on the hoods, I can just barely reach the levers when in the drops. Not a problem most of the time, but last weekend I had a 4,000 foot decent and by the time I got to the bottom my hands were both numb and exhausted. It was quite unnerving to just barely reach the levers at serious descent speeds and a fair number of areas that were technically challenging.

LBS says the reach is not adjustable.

Can anyone help ?

Thank you in advance!
The most common method...TFerguson
Oct 18, 2003 1:24 PM
is to pull them to the position desired and then glue something in the gap. The little rubber feet used on electronics, etc. are a good thing to start with since you can get them back out. I have actually drilled, tapped and installed adjustment screws, but it's overkill. The negatives: You have less lever movement left which makes it harder to adjust your brakes. Also, I think they need internal cleaning more often since they are always open like little scoops. Shimano does make an "adjustable" Ultrgra level set (R-600, I think?) but all they are is levers and two sizes of V-shaped things that you stick in the gaps.

TF
Also, a different handlebar might helpAJS
Oct 19, 2003 6:45 AM
...one like a Deda Newton or 215, that has a bend that's intended to make it easier to reach the levers. I had a Newton on my old Tuscany and reaching the levers from the drops was never a problem.