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    Ancient Altus brake lever question

    I'm trying to get a friend's oooold (1995?) Trek Antelope bike back on the road. I am replacing the shifter, and I need to remove the brake lever assembly. And I cannot figure out how!

    The entire brake lever assembly is underneath a plastic shroud which looks impossible to remove. There are no visible bolts or screws holding the lever assembly to the bar. the only visible screw is the adjustment screw next to the cable. The mount is labeled "M System".

    The assembly looks something like this:


    Any suggestions on how to non-destructively remove the brake assembly? It doesn't even look like the hood/sheath comes off to replace the cable. WTF? I could find nothing in the Zinn book or Sheldon pages.

    I must be missing something obvious, I'd love to know what it is!

    I think I now know why the local shops didn't want to deal with her bike.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Better pics (smaller) of actual brake housing...




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    Is there a slot molded into the lever for the brake cable head (on the underside from what you've got pictured)?


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    wait, misunderstood question!
    hrm, perhaps there's a screw for that band inside the hood, that you access by opening up the lever all the way. ie- disengage the brake cable, peer inside the hood from that direction... I haven't run across one like this.
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    Some old MTB levers use a pinch bolt similar to road levers to attach to the bar. Once you remove the brake cable, squeeze the lever and look straight inside where the lever pivots away from the housing, there should be a 5mm allen bolt you can reach through there when the lever is squeezed.

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    Once you remove the brake cable, squeeze the lever and look straight inside where the lever pivots away from the housing
    Bingo! Thanks, didn't think to look in there!

    I was puzzled anyway about the cable because there isn't even a slot on the front to remove it as there was on my first mtn bike way back when.

    Many thanks!!!

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    Hello,
    I'm having the same problem, well actually, it is more about the brake cable than the removal itself of the screw.

    I could not find a way to remove this cable in order to clean the space to unscrew - I did try with the cable in place but did not get successful (I suspect the screw is blocked but I'll see later)

    I know this post is quite old but I'm a little bit confuse about this stuff.

    I want to replace the original handlebar and I need remove all the equipment but I'm locked with this problem.

    Is the original poster would be around and provide me the explaination to remove this damn cable or anyone else of course !

    (sorry for my english, I'm french and not that fluent)


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    Look underneath the lever where the cable attaches to it, there is a slot. Line the cable up with the slot and push it out.
    I brake for stinkbugs

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    Thanks, I'll do this.
    So the slot is on the right part of the image then.
    I did not see anything like this at first but did not know what to look at.

    Is that what you are talking about ?
    there is a cap to remove to free the slot ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pppasc View Post
    So the slot is on the right part of the image then.
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    It't on the part right above the top left corner of the circle you made. That pic is pretty fuzzy but it looks like the cable slides down to come out, usually they are like this-



    Yours is a bit different but it will be similar.
    I brake for stinkbugs

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    Ok, I see. Thanks,
    I need to work this out.
    Seems my parts are all blocked, I tried to remove the cable that way but I could not get it out though I put some WD40 to ease the movement.

    But you confirmed this is the right way to do.
    Thank you again.
    I'll tell success or failure later..

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    Everything's fine !
    Thank you very much

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    Glad you got it sorted out!
    Wow I don't even remember using Photobucket but I see I must have. :/

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