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Kelly Take OffsBAM
Feb 27, 2002 8:29 AM
Does anyone use or has ridden a bike using them?
re: Kelly Take Offsvarmit
Mar 3, 2002 6:52 AM
I put a "Take Off set up on my cross bike this year, after cross season. I have riden the bike several times training on my practice course. I replaced my STI levers with this setup for 2 reasons: I was wearing out 2 sets of STI shifters a season (expensive) and I changed to Dia Compe levers that are compatible with V brakes without needing Travel Agents. The shifter reach, is OK without being in the way, but not quite as handy as STI, but should be more durable - I hope.
re: Kelly Take OffsBAM
Mar 3, 2002 7:54 AM
Do you find them more convenient than using barend shifters? Can You reach the shifters from the top , hoods, and drops?
re: Kelly Take Offsvarmit
Mar 3, 2002 1:46 PM
I think that the Take OFF set up is better than bar ends. My hands are average(?)size, and I only need to move my right hand from the hoods to shift up from the lowest gear in back (25 to 23). The different shifter location is easy to adapt to. The levers are about 2 1/2 in. inboard of the bar - plenty of clearance, but easy reach.

If you buy a set, the "basic set" has everything except cables,housing and shifters. This kit has the right and left brackets and the noodle for the shifter cable. Depending on your bar/lever combination, you may have to do a little grinder work, on the brackets, to make them fit under the clamp on the brake lever. (The brake lever clamp is what holds the Take Off bracket to the bar.
Thanks nmBAM
Mar 3, 2002 3:57 PM
re: Kelly Take Offsflyweight
Mar 6, 2002 3:40 PM
I had them on a 'cross bike for a while. They do work. I found them to be better than barends but not quite as nice as STI and Ergo (especially Ergo). I was able to shift while riding on the tops of the bars using my finger tips which was kind of handy on long climbs. On the downside I found the little extension mount piece rubbed my thumb when riding in the drops. They also made wrapping the bars a bit tricky. Overall they're definitely worth considering especially if you ride in lots of sand or mud.