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Cable routing for dia-compe 287V brake levers(2 posts)

Cable routing for dia-compe 287V brake leversCygnus
May 11, 2002 9:46 PM
I have the dia-compe 287 road levers attached to a wtb dirt drop bar on my mountain bike (bianchi single speed). this bike now descends like a bullet. but the cable exits the brake lever with a small aluminum tube that cannot be turned in the correct direction to allow proper wrapping with tape. to wrap them, i'd have to put a sharp bend in the cables, thereby reducing braking efficiency. it looks like i could cut away a bit of the lever housing to allow the tube to swing in the correct direction. i currently have the cables unwrapped and the levers work really well. any experience with these levers? thanks.
re: Cable routing for dia-compe 287V brake leversThe Walrus
May 12, 2002 10:57 AM
I have a set of 287 levers (coupled with Mini-Max linear-pull brakes from an old Redline); I noticed that tube when I was re-wrapping the bar, but found that there was no problem with binding on the cable when the bar was wrapped. There is a barely-noticeable bulge under the tape, but it's just behind the hood, to the inside of the bar away from any normal hand position, so I just let it be.
You shouldn't have any problem with them.