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Top mount brake levers- 1st test(10 posts)

Top mount brake levers- 1st testbadabill
Aug 26, 2001 12:54 PM
Just did the first hard ride with the frog leg top mount brake levers. First impressions are positive. Installation went as planned, Surly is set up with 105 STI triple and shimano conti's. Took about 1.5 hours with all the brake adjustments and to fiddle with cable length, ended up routing front cable over bars, as per instructions. First single track I hit is Rice Canyon, a tough little drop into the canyon. I usually do it in the drops, way off the back of the seat. Being able to ride the top gives me much better control. One negative is these levers have little modulation. You really have to grab to get any action. I believe if you have a good set of conti's they would work better, my cheap shimanos never have been the best. Another plus is being able to brake while dismounting, I am able to Keep more speed much closer to obstacle, use front brake with left hand on top and right hand on top tube. Will work on this.With these levers I am able to ride the bar top much more and give my neck a rest. All in all I would recommend them if you are looking for more control from the bar tops.
re: Top mount brake levers- 1st testBAM
Aug 26, 2001 1:33 PM
Do you still have the STI brake levers hooked up? Can`t see a second set of cables.
re: Top mount brake levers- 1st testAlpedhuez55
Aug 26, 2001 2:15 PM
These are a great design. They work with the existing brake levers. You can stop using either set of levers. It does not seem to effect the pull on the STI lever either.

I heard that some company in Taiwan is going to make copycat version of these that will be about half the price. It could be a great deal. I rode a bike with these and loved them. I intend to put a pair on my cross bike as well.
re: Top mount brake levers- 1st testBAM
Aug 26, 2001 3:27 PM
How are they hooked into the existing brake?
re: Top mount brake levers- 1st testbadabill
Aug 26, 2001 4:23 PM
The existing cable runs thru these levers. The housing is spliced to install the lever. You can use either lever to activate brakes. When I first got them I could not figure how they worked, once you install them it becomes clear, by seperating the housing at the splice it aplies the brakes. Total cost about $95 with new cables and tape. The only place I have seen them is cyclocrossworld.com
re: Top mount brake levers- 1st testBAM
Aug 26, 2001 5:50 PM
I wanted top mounted brake levers but didn`t want 4 brake cables so I just ordered them. Cyclocrossworld.com has them on sale for $79.99 right now. Will see how it goes when they arrive.
re: Top mount brake levers- 1st testturtlemoye
Aug 26, 2001 7:49 PM
I did this same set up about 3 years ago using a $10 set of bmx levers. I mounted them the same way and drilled a hole through them and used ferels that have two diferent diameters. If anyone in intrested I can email you a photo.
turtlemoye-post your picBAM
Aug 27, 2001 4:45 AM
post the pic of your setup.
turtlemoye-post your picturtlemoye
Aug 30, 2001 4:44 PM
Here is the pick and how I set it up with BMX levers:
1. The diameter of road bars are much larger than BMX levers so you have to bore them out so that they slide over the bars......I used a dremmel tool.
2. Next I got a set of ferrels(I odn't know what they are called) that have to different diameters on each end.
3. Then I drilled a hole into the silver part of the lever at an angle as to attempt to minimize the angle and subsiquent friction on the cable. The hole was drilled to match the diameter of the small end of the ferrell. the ferrell should slide into place and be tight enough so that is doesn't easily move.
4. The cablewill should slide easily through the bmx lever so that they can be used by the Sti levers as well as the new levers. I was hard to figure out that if the bmx levers would have enough pull but they do.
5. As you may be able to figure out by the picture this design puts a major crimp and even cracked the cable housing. Despite this fact this set up worked the first time I tried it and the cables and housing(except cracking) has held up very well. I'm sure the newly designed levers are a little smoother but I don't think this was a bad job for a beginner cross'r and a $10.00 set of BMX levers. Not to mention making even the expert racers try to figure out how I did for the last three years......Good luck.
turtlemoye-post your picBAM
Aug 30, 2001 6:20 PM
The ferrule you used is simply called a stepdown ferrule. Very creative indeed! Where theres a will theres a way.
Thanks for sharing!!!!!