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    Runing MTB BB7 with road levers

    Hi there
    I'm currently converting my bike to dropbars, so I'll need to change the brake levers. My brakes are the MTB BB7s. Which one is the better option? To get the DiaCompe Vbrake levers, or just go for a pair of normal levers and install Problem Solvers Travel Agents?
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    Travel Agents make the brakes feel pretty terrible. Go with the Dia Compe levers. Or get BB7 roads to use with road levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XSL_WiLL
    Travel Agents make the brakes feel pretty terrible. Go with the Dia Compe levers. Or get BB7 roads to use with road levers.
    Totally agree. You could also us the Tektro dropV levers
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    I think the Tektro RL520 levers are the way to go....I have a set of Dia Compes and the hoods are not comfy (for me)...so I just ordered the RL520s

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    So which one of the two is better, the Tektro or the DiaCompe? I can get the Tektro for about half the price of the DiaCompe.

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    FWIW the Salsa Fargo drop bar mountain bike (complete bike) comes with mountain BB-7 brakes and the Tektro RL520 levers.

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    Hmm, I bet that says something!

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    Just another thing, is there any way to take out the brake cable slack with this kind of levers?

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    There are in-line cable adjusters. I have a set on my Fargo.
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    Which brand\model do you use?

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    My road BB7 that I installed on my La Cruz came with inline adjusters. The mountain BB7 that I put on my Karate Monkey did not come with them. I'm sure Avid will sell you a set for a few bucks. FWIW, I went with the Tektro levers on my drop bar Karate Monkey and I've been happy with them (even without the adjusters).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ze_Zaskar
    Just another thing, is there any way to take out the brake cable slack with this kind of levers?
    You can use an inline barrel adjuster but I have never needed them (9 years and numerous bike with dropbars and BB7s). I just pull the cable tight at the caliper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfuller
    My road BB7 that I installed on my La Cruz came with inline adjusters. The mountain BB7 that I put on my Karate Monkey did not come with them. I'm sure Avid will sell you a set for a few bucks. FWIW, I went with the Tektro levers on my drop bar Karate Monkey and I've been happy with them (even without the adjusters).
    The BB7 Road brake set does include barrel adjustors but, as I just posted, I never use/need them.
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    I have the Dia-Compe levers with the BB7 Road calipers. The setup works well. I have inline barrel adjusters on full-length housing, and I give 'em a spin once every few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkrobe
    I have the Dia-Compe levers with the BB7 Road calipers. The setup works well. I have inline barrel adjusters on full-length housing, and I give 'em a spin once every few months.
    If you are doing this to adjust for pad wear, it is the wrong way to do it.

    Use the pad adjustor knobs for wear. The braking will be better and you will not run out of brake throw or have the rotor flexed into the caliper body.

    Once my cables/housing settle in (1-2 rides) the "slack" in the cable does not change, which is the only reason for a barrel adjustor,
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