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Suggestions for shortening DA brake lever reach?(5 posts)

Suggestions for shortening DA brake lever reach?lendog
Jan 26, 2004 7:34 AM
I am looking for some ways to shorten the reach on my DA brake levers. I have Carpel tunnel Syndrome and in colder riding temperatures, it is hard to open my hands enough to get on the brakes quickly in a decent. I really don't want to replace the levers so was wondering what may be out there that will help out.

Thought of gluing some plastic shims on the top of the brake levers where the lever meets the hood to bring it down more, but that seems hooky.

Any thoughts?

You have already thought of the answer...TFerguson
Jan 26, 2004 11:54 AM
Glue something in the gap. Do a search on this board for a lot a variations on what to glue. Be aware that it makes brake adjustment trickier and that the internal will get dirty faster.

Sora (7 speed) are adjustable. With R-600 (Ultegra level), you get little nice looking shims to glue in the gap.

Buy STI specific bars...........Len J
Jan 31, 2004 10:02 AM
I got a pair from Nitto, and was surprised at two specific changes that they made.

1.) Flatter top of bars where they intersect with hoods, more natural position &

2.) Shorter reach. I didn't need it, but did notice it when I rode in the drops.

That's not the reach he's talking about...TFerguson
Jan 31, 2004 11:12 AM
I believe that you are talking about the distance from the tops forward to the drops, i.e. traditional "reach". The post is about reaching the levers with you fingers once in the drops. I've measured a few bars, including those that claim better lever reach, and there is no difference.

You misunderstood..........Len J
Jan 31, 2004 6:34 PM
the bars solved both #2 is exactly the reach both you & he are talking about.