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top mount brake lever question?(4 posts)

top mount brake lever question?marcmarc
Sep 26, 2002 5:37 AM
will any mtn type canti brake lever work as a top mounted, or are top mounts a special design

Special designBipedZed
Sep 26, 2002 6:33 AM
Top mounts require the brake cable to pass through from the regular brake lever so both levers function on the same brake cable.
Sep 26, 2002 10:01 AM
I was just looking through Simon Burney's book the other day, and he had a photo of Dieter Runkel's bike with the "first" bar-top levers -- at least, I'm pretty sure the first to get widely noticed. Winning the world championship with something unusual on your bike will do that. They're pretty much standard circa-1995 mountain levers, which run to the brakes via separate cables. Burney's bike that is pictured throughout the book also has this set up. In the rear, he runs one brake through a cable stop brazed to the seat stays, and another to a cable stop from the seatpost binder bolt. I can't really see clearly from the photos how he gets two cable stops on the front. It's kind of an academic question at this point, since the single-cable levers work so well and have become so commonplace, and with the Tektros now on the market, inexpensive, that it makes little sense to me to go through the hassle of hacking together a system with old MTB levers or modified BMX levers. It's harder to do (and I've done the BMX lever modification, mainly out of curiousity, and it's pretty finicky), and the results are neither as clean nor as effective at slowing you down as the purpose-built top-mount levers now on the market. Incidentally, Burney also credits Runkle with being the first to use clipless pedals in high-level competition, and now I know how the "Redline Runkel" levers got their name. Cheers!
re: top mount brake lever question?mackgoo
Sep 26, 2002 11:01 AM
Try getting a pair, they are cheap enough and drill a hole through them to run the cable through them. I've heard that's what was done in the old days. This is how thgey are ready made. Try to re create that.