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    Moto brakes with discs

    I have thought about switching to moto brakes (front on the right and rear on the left). I have the XT dual control where the brake line comes straight out the end. Having the front brake on the right side would give a much better brake line routing instead of having to do a 180 and then down. How many people run moto brakes? My only concern is that sometimes when I try to downshift multiple gears in the back, I wind up pulling in slightly on the lever and engaging the brakes. I am not to keen on the idea of unexpected front brake hits.

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    I run MOTO brakes on my bike. I ride motorcycles when I'm not on the mountain bike and find it easier to have the front brake on the right. Took a little while to get used to, but I never went over the bars during that time.

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    I run mine moto style too, actually I have never owned a bike that I didn't change over..... too dangerous for me to ride with them the other way now LOL
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    I do not call it "moto". Never owned a motorcycle. I do run my brakes right-front.

    There are many, many, MANY, MANY, [size=3]MANY[/size] threads about this on the board. Do a search.
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    right hand-front here

    Quote Originally Posted by tedsti
    I have thought about switching to moto brakes (front on the right and rear on the left). I have the XT dual control where the brake line comes straight out the end. Having the front brake on the right side would give a much better brake line routing instead of having to do a 180 and then down. How many people run moto brakes?

    Ted
    I moved to right hand-front on my new bike with Avid mech discs. I like the idea that my dominant hand is actuating the more powerful brake [60-70% of braking force if I'm not mistaken]. Although actuating both brakes simultaneously is ideal, I like being able to shift with my right [using Gripshift] while braking with just the rear [say, slowing down for an uphill switchback].


    Quote Originally Posted by tedsti
    My only concern is that sometimes when I try to downshift multiple gears in the back, I wind up pulling in slightly on the lever and engaging the brakes. I am not to keen on the idea of unexpected front brake hits.

    Ted
    ...a reason why so many don't like the integrated brake-shifter system
    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigel
    ...I like being able to shift with my right [using Gripshift] while braking with just the rear [say, slowing down for an uphill switchback]..:
    You have to brake for uphill switchbacks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat T.
    I run mine moto style too, actually I have never owned a bike that I didn't change over..... too dangerous for me to ride with them the other way now LOL
    Meee too. Wouldn't have it any other way. I have this compelling need to blow snot-rockets (I use my right index finger eh) without risking a Superman-like flight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    You have to brake for uphill switchbacks?
    I should've been more specific.

    I meant approaching a sharp switchback transitioning from flat to uphill. I can't possibly make that sharp of a turn without first slowing down.

    Another case would be braking to slow down at a stoplight and downshifting in preparation for the green light.
    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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