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Is the reach adjustable on STI levers?(21 posts)

Is the reach adjustable on STI levers?PmbH
Dec 2, 2003 2:14 PM
My wife is going nuts with the long reach to her Ultegra levers. She has really small hands and the lever is just too far away for her. Is the reach adjustable? I can't find anything about it in the standard Ultegra instruction pamphlet.
My wife has the same problemColnagoFE
Dec 2, 2003 2:37 PM
Unfortunately I don't think you can do much about it. Someone should design a STI for people with smaller hands. Maybe someone does, but I'm not aware of it.
My wife has the same problemlotterypick
Dec 2, 2003 2:39 PM
My wife has the same problem.

I'm wondering what the WSD type of designs do to solve that because I think one of them (Lemond?) advertises as such.
she's riding a WSD CannondaleColnagoFE
Dec 2, 2003 3:56 PM
Problem is that it seems nobody makes women's specific components so you get the shorter stem and WSD bar, but the shifters are still regular sized.
Shimano HAS A SolutionRoadrunner25
Dec 2, 2003 6:16 PM
My wife's WSD 5200 came with those (nm)Al1943
Dec 2, 2003 6:31 PM
cool but that is 1/3 the cost of her new bike (nm)ColnagoFE
Dec 3, 2003 8:11 AM
She got a Cannondale R400 for $650 at Veloswap. Came with Sora. Don't want to spend that much on it right now, but thanks for the info. Didn't realize this existed. Might be able to jury-rig something similar with her current shifters.
Do it yourself? I think you can. (nm)Chen2
Dec 3, 2003 11:35 AM
Sora is adjustable....TFerguson
Dec 3, 2003 3:02 PM
There's a little screw, I think on top that adjusts the levers.
Sorry...I meant to put Tiagra...not Sora (nm)ColnagoFE
Dec 4, 2003 8:37 AM
you can try this:TimA
Dec 2, 2003 2:40 PM
Take a piece of rubber. Something like a small rubber stopper and superglue it in the lever such that the brakes are held partially "on". Readjust the brake cable tension and you are done.

My wife has this done and it works great. The new short reach ultegra levers are essentially the same thing, except "cleaner".

I would suggest using the little rubber feet...TFerguson
Dec 2, 2003 5:21 PM
that are used on the bottom of electronics for your first attempts. Get the size right before using super glue. Note that this method leaves them open like little air scoops sucking in dirt. I think they need internal cleaning much more often.

The Shimano R-600 levers come with two sizes of shims that you can install to keep the levers part way open. It may be cleaner looking and cleaner.

Shimano Sora levers are adjustable with a screw like MTB levers. I guess Shimano thinks those with small hands only need 8 speeds and shouldn't shift from the drops. But at least Shimano has thought of it (unlike Campy).

Another note: As far as I know, all of the above methods (the first for sure) reduce the amount of cable pull to the brakes and make brake adjustment much more difficult.

Oh, and if somebody posts that this or that bar will improve your ability to reach the brakes, forget it. They are all the same.

And I forgot to mention, the 'reach' spec on a bar...TFerguson
Dec 3, 2003 3:49 PM
has nothing to do with how close the levers are.
re: Is the reach adjustable on STI levers?mapei boy
Dec 2, 2003 5:18 PM
Supposedly, the Deda Newton handlebar is shaped so that it puts your hand an ooch closer to the levers. You can also experiment to see if adjusting the position of the lever on the handlebar (up, down, in, out) improves the situation.
Anybody have the web site for Deda? (nm)TFerguson
Dec 2, 2003 5:44 PM
deda siteCritLover
Dec 2, 2003 7:32 PM

There was a company Wylder, that makes women oriented products, and was making just the rubber part for the technique you guys described for $20. Unfortunately, they never got the manufacturing worked out, and then they went out of business a few months back.

I just hate the fact that Shimano doesn't think that people with smaller hands might want Dura Ace. Or that WSD bikes only come with Ultegra at best. How about some top shelf parts- disgusting! Talk about discrimination!
Thanks. Why do you only blame Shimano?....TFerguson
Dec 3, 2003 3:43 PM
I've never seen any attempt from Campy.

The Deda site says nothing about lever position...TFerguson
Dec 3, 2003 3:45 PM
for the Newton bar. Moving them up and down makes no difference either unless you go all the way down to the 'anatomic' straight portion.

re: HandlebarKeeping up with Junior
Dec 4, 2003 7:55 AM
mapei boy has it right, look at the bar. Made a big difference for my wife. She ended up with a Salsa Short & Sassy bar. Then worked with lever placement on the bar as suggested.
"Short & Sassy"??? Your wife?....TFerguson
Dec 4, 2003 10:34 AM
The bar is "Short and Shallow" and I ride one and have measured it to be within 2mm of any other bar. What is the recommendended placement? If you are talking about being easier to reach the hoods and drops, that's not what this thread is about. It's about reaching the levers from the drops.
just use bump stopscyclopathic
Dec 3, 2003 1:58 PM
the kind you have on kitchen cabinets. Pull shifter down and glue it in so shifter will have less throw. Sora shifters have adjustment screws, and you can modify Ultegra and implant similar screws, but bump stops do the trick and it takes a minute to install good luck.