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Brake Setup(3 posts)

Brake Setupdmoulton
Oct 9, 2003 3:34 PM
New to cross and been told need to setup bike with brakes reversed from normal road setup, rear on the left, front on the right, to modulate speed when approaching run-ups and barriers. However, went to a race this past weekend and noticed this was not a universal set-up, saw many running a "standard road" type setup. Is this really a matter of personal taste and preference?
re: Brake SetupTWD
Oct 10, 2003 1:18 PM
No you don't NEED to set it up that way. It is a personal preference. I personally don't feel the need to switch mine over. I don't have any trouble regulating my speed with the front brake as I approach a barrier. Of course, I'm left handed, so I feel like I have a lot more strength and control with my left hand.

My cross bike is one of 5 bikes that I ride, and I have no intentions of swapping them all, and don't like the idea of having one bike different than the rest.
re: Brake Setupjsbx
Oct 10, 2003 3:47 PM
I agree that it's a matter of personal preference. I think you'll find that you never really use your brakes as you approach obstacles once your dismount technique develops---you just kinda step off your rig into a full gallop.