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Top mount levers - bulge or no bulge?(3 posts)

Top mount levers - bulge or no bulge?MTJ
Oct 8, 2003 1:14 PM
I'm looking at Salsa levers, which mount on the bulge, and Tektro levers, which mount on the non-bulge section of the bar. My question is:

Why is one better than the other?

I would think that having the levers farther out on the bar would be more comfortable and be more "stable", but there must be some reason why most manufacturers prefer the bulge mount instead. Any thoughts?
re: Top mount levers - bulge or no bulge?Eric Marshall
Oct 9, 2003 4:30 AM
I don't think it's a situation of one being "better" than another. One reason I switched to Paul's levers this year is because I prefer the narrower grip of the inboard levers. Get the pair that are most comfortable to *you*.
Check "Pauls v. Salsa" thread belowtriangleforge
Oct 9, 2003 5:59 AM
I've got the outboard ("non bulge") Tektro levers and like them for a couple of reasons, but Eric's right -- those reasons might not apply to you.

If you're on the fence, the IRD levers Cyclocrossworld.com sells might be the ticket; they come with a shim so you can run them either on or off the bulge of the bar. You'll need to re-cut the cable housings (which anyone who's set up a pair of these levers will tell you is a somewhat fussy job) so it won't be a snap to switch back and forth, but at least you'll have the option.

Cheers!