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    Road levers on flat bars?

    Hey folks-
    I'm trying to keep canti's on my bike, so that means no normal MTB levers. The alternative that I've found is either inline levers (cyclocross-style), or keeping my road levers.

    I dont really like the inline levers; they seem like they have a pretty long reach that are better suited to curved bars.

    My question is this: if I install road levers on a flat bar, will I get enough travel to fully actuate the brakes?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by treestan
    Hey folks-
    I'm trying to keep canti's on my bike, so that means no normal MTB levers. The alternative that I've found is either inline levers (cyclocross-style), or keeping my road levers.

    I dont really like the inline levers; they seem like they have a pretty long reach that are better suited to curved bars.

    My question is this: if I install road levers on a flat bar, will I get enough travel to fully actuate the brakes?

    Thanks!
    No. Shimano does make short pull road levers for flat bars.

    You can use long pull levers (V-type) with cantis. Just means the brakes will not be as powerful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    No. Shimano does make short pull road levers for flat bars.

    You can use long pull levers (V-type) with cantis. Just means the brakes will not be as powerful.
    Cool, thanks for the input. I'll try it out.
    I actually tried throwing the road brakes on my flat bar to absolutely no avail. I could bend the levers (I suppose) to make it fit, but thats not something I'm looking to do. Time to hit the LBS.

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    Yes, Shimano makes the levers you need.

    Quote Originally Posted by treestan
    Hey folks-
    I'm trying to keep canti's on my bike, so that means no normal MTB levers. The alternative that I've found is either inline levers (cyclocross-style), or keeping my road levers.

    I dont really like the inline levers; they seem like they have a pretty long reach that are better suited to curved bars.

    My question is this: if I install road levers on a flat bar, will I get enough travel to fully actuate the brakes?

    Thanks!

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