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What's up with brake hood position?(7 posts)

What's up with brake hood position?upandcomer
Feb 26, 2003 6:04 PM
Have you ever noticed how the pro's have their brake hoods ultra high on the bar? Why is this? Should I change the position of my brake hoods?
If the pros do it, you simply MUST do it too- ;) nmfiltersweep
Feb 26, 2003 7:04 PM
Try it !High Gear
Feb 26, 2003 7:06 PM
I think we can all attest to the fact that there is no stndard anymore. If you look at the old set-up, the way they had it back in Merckx's day, the brake hoods were rotated way down the bars and the drop from saddle top to bar top wasn't much. Now we see the pros riding with the stem way down and the hoods up high. From what I can see, the new possition will make the rider lower when on the bar tops than the old, but about the same on the hoods. The shifter shape has something to do with it too. You'll see Shimano shifters rotated up more than Campy. When I road Shimano I did the same thing because you could actually use tham to pull on. Do whats comfortable for you. A little change in shifter hight or bar rotation can add up to big reach and position change , so measure everything first and try to keep the reach and saddle top to hood top the same by using spacers and or different stems.
ever notice how....collinsc
Feb 26, 2003 8:16 PM
some people have their hoods nearly all the way around the bend in their bars?

thats one i dont get, how do people bend their wrists like that? the high hoods thing makes more sense to me, your wrist doesnt have to bend.
ever notice how....High Gear
Feb 27, 2003 2:39 AM
I'm with ya. The hoods of my Campy shifters are just a tad down, almost flat with the top of the bars.
what ever is comfortable to youtarwheel
Feb 27, 2003 6:01 AM
I ride with my Campy hoods dead level with the bar tops. With Shimano, the hoods tend to slope down more from the bar tops, so I have to move the levers up higher on the bar to achieve the same position. My bike shop did some work on my Shimano bike and moved the levers down the bars and it just about killed my hands it was so uncomfortable. I was kinda of ticked at them for doing that, and had to unwrap the bars, move the levers back up and retape them afterwards. Found a new LBS shortly thereafter.

I think you may be seeing more pros ride this way because they generally ride with such a large drop from the saddle to the bars anyway. If your levers are located further down on the bar, it can easily add another 2-3 cm in drop -- which might be more than even the pros finds comfortable.
re: Another personal choice.dzrider
Feb 27, 2003 8:12 AM
I put mine so the bottom tip of the levers are even with the bottom of the drops and rotate the bars to raise the levers and make the top of the bar between the stem and the levers parallel to the ground. Just feels right that way.