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Hoods on Campy Ergo levers(5 posts)

Hoods on Campy Ergo leversBNA_roadie
May 29, 2003 4:15 AM
Typically are they level or tilted downward? Or, is it personal preference?
level or up a few degrees...C-40
May 29, 2003 4:27 AM
Placing the levers tilted down will create a pressure point at the crook of the thumb. The tendency would be to slide down the hood. Place them level or up a few degrees.

Campy levers have a pretty narrow range of angle. If you try to tilt them up more than a fw degrees, the distance between the bars and the brake lever increases rapidly.
Level but didn't feel right...Asphalt Addict
May 29, 2003 5:18 AM
My bike came with campy record ergo shifters and the hoods were placed level on the bar. Didn't feel right to me so instead of moving both shifters I rotated the bar slightly at the stem. Worked great and it was an easy fix.
common...C-40
May 29, 2003 7:29 AM
Level is a far down as I would ever place the levers. Tilted up a few degrees is generally more comfortable for most folks.

Some handlebars, like the ITM anatomic work well with hooks rotated up a few degrees (the ends pointing down a little), while others like the Deda anatomic and Easton EC-90 do not. Tilting these bars very much will quickly make the anatomic drop section too vertical for comfort.

Adjusting both the bars and levers for optimum comfort can be tricky. On a initial build, it pays to ride the bike at least once without bar tape to permit some fine tuning of the lever position.
Aligned with straight part of the bars.Steve98501
May 29, 2003 12:04 PM
I have to locate my Ergo levers exactly flush with the straight tops of the bars. I recently changed my stem and bar and located the lever slightly down onto the curved part of the bar. I ended up with extreme pain from just above my wrists to my shoulders and neck. Relocated them as they'd been on the old bar, and no problem whatever on my last ride. I didn't know lever placement could be so sensitive, but I'll always pay close attention hereafter.