Help, Went over the bars hard today!!!
I went over on a downhill section
Bending both the levers on my hope race m4's
I quickly bent them back BY HAND
This freightens the ****! out of me that they bend that easily.
I supposed that this is better than them snapping but how reliable are they now?
I am aware that hope makes replacement levers.
Are bending levers back a "legit" way of fixing this problem?
Get them replaced. The levers will be weakened, and that is probably the last part on your bike you want to fail.
Personally I would remove the levers, clean them thoroughly and inspect them real close for any signs of fatigue in the area they were bent - look for any material discoloration, or tearing of the parent material.
If you see anything, replace them.
If you are uncertain, buy new ones, and keep these as a spares.
It is possible that they are fine - I have bent levers straight again, and they have served a good life - but it does become an item to regularly inspect prior to each ride.
Also be aware they are going to be more prone to bending again in the future.
BTW kinda awesome (in a "oh look a train wreck" sorta way) that you bent BOTH levers at the same time. Glad you are unharmed.
the levers are designed to bend on impact, it saves the rest of the system from damage. slowly bend them back and as others have stated check for obvious areas of metal fatigue/weakening. replace if needed (or just for peace of mind)
I went OTB and bent my SpeedDial 7 left lever on the *first* ride with them and 1 year later they still going strong. I was pissed though. Luckily at 20$ a pair it's not the end of the world.
OTB's are never fun and hope your OK, as for the levers? replace.
My carbon levers snapped, I'd take bent ones any day of the week!
Ok thanks for the replies everyone.
I bent them back and they seem ok.
Obviously feel a little off, but they seem like they hold up.
I am mostly riding xc so if in the case they do fail I think ill be able to survive until I can stop.
Re: Help, Went over the bars hard today!!!
I've done this probably ten times (bent the levers, and separately, went over the bars ). They are clearly meant to bend upwards/downwards, as they can easily be bent back by hand. For me, they have never bent towards the bar (the direction that you apply force when you brake). If that happened, i might consider replacing - that seems like a it would have to be a much bigger crash, with very sharp, specific force directly at the lever, towards the bar. Because usually what happens is, either the lever will bend slightly up/down to escape the crash pressure, or the lever will rotate on the bar, or both.
But, i never worried about it too much.
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In an extreme accident in 2011, I snapped one carbon levers and over extended the one (which still works fine) among lots of other things that totaled my Spesh Epic.
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Originally Posted by toot334455
I'd replace them without doubt. Hope spare parts are usually reasonably cheap.
^^ This is true with color options too boot.
Originally Posted by Dazed
I would like to wait till the off-season to make this swap.
I am not sure how clear I was in my description but they indeed did bend vertically on the plane paralell to the bar. They also slighty bened in the plane perpendicular but only towards the end of the levers. If that makes sense, The part of the levers closest to the pivoting point is almost unharmed.
+1 on replacement.
The brake is the last thing you want to have fail on you when you are on the trail and going downhill.
Replacement part - $30
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