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Brakes standard or European style(6 posts)

Brakes standard or European stylePretzelBoy
Sep 25, 2001 11:55 AM
Any advice on keeping brakes stock (left brake handle to front brake) or moving to european style with left brake handle for the rear. I have never tried the european style and would like to hear from those who have and get any advice.

re: Brakes standard or European stylethemayor
Sep 26, 2001 5:56 AM
I have my brakes euro/reverse/moto style....and I like it. BUT...spend some time getting used to it! Going into barriers cross-eyed and trying to remember which brake is which is BAD ( I know,trust me!)
I raced motorcycles for 20 years when I switched to bicycles. I set my bikes up with the reverse brakes....but was shamed into the standard setup by my team mates. A few years ago when I got into cross, I decided to try to go back to the moto style....and it took some getting used to(I have all my bikes set up this way now)...but I would not go back. The big draw back is when you borrow someones bike...or someone borrows yours...
normal set up made me crashadventurefind
Sep 26, 2001 11:14 AM
last year at the dirt demo for Interbike in Vegas. I was riding a new Trek bike, was going down the hill, forgot about the brakes, and I flipped myself over the bars because what I thought was the rear, was the front, and disc.
all my bikes are euro styleadventurefind
Sep 26, 2001 6:19 AM
All my bikes are euro. It's easy for me to brake the rear with the left, and shift if I have to with the right shifter.
My road, cross, mountain, and single speed bikes are all like this.
re: Brakes standard or European styleToast
Sep 26, 2001 8:03 AM
Being a euro i run mine euro style... i think the key benefit is having control over your rear wheel when running to a barrier... just seems to help my bike control.
re: Brakes standard or European styleclimbo
Sep 26, 2001 8:14 AM
my brakes don't stop me well enough to make me endo plus, I usually unweight the back as I dismount and brake a little on the front to "pop" the bike up a little so I can get it on my shoulder easier. Of course you may get off on the right hand side which means it's diferent for you.