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  1. #1
    Big Paws on a Puppy!!
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    May 2005

    NOS XT Set-Up Help....

    So I've got a set of these that I'm thinking about using on a 650B hardtail I'm putting together. Does anyone know if its possible to assemble the levers with an in-line fitting instead of the banjos? I thought it might be cool to team these up with Jagwire HyFlow hydro hose and I'm thinking an in-line fitting will make for a cleaner housing route on the bike. My alternative is using a set of BB7's. Unfortunately my build budget doesn't allow for much else? Thoughts???

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    No, banjo only. The hole where the bolt goes in was not designed for an olive.

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    Sep 2004
    Ratman, you'll have to pick up another set of levers if you want in-line routing.

    I've got a few sets of these brakes and love 'em, but also have never liked the way brake lines would exit the lever at a 90. If you're willing to spend a little dough, pick up a set of levers like these in the link below and you're in.

    SHIMANO DEORE XT Hydraulic brake levers | eBay

    I've even gone as far as add Straitline levers to a couple of sets, and man are they sweet!

    It seems four piston brakes are making a comeback. The SLX versions have been well received and recently I've even seen Avid has a prototype they're testing. Those classic XT's won't be as easy to set up, have a variety of shims handy, but once dialed they're super. Great modulation, plenty of power, and quiet.
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