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  1. #1
    sugoi chairinko
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    Jan 2006

    I need a longer hose!

    I'm upgrading to a longer fork ('04 talas to '08 talas), and I'm thinking my brake hose will end up too short. What is the best route to go? I'm using 960 XTR dual control levers. Should I hit up my LBS for new hose, or is there something out there that works better? When I built the bike the levers came with the hose attached at the lever, and I cut & fastened the caliper end, but if I have to replace the entire hose, I'm not sure exactly how to go about it.

  2. #2
    Old school BMXer
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    Feb 2004
    What is the difference in height of those forks?
    I'd probably just put the fork on it, and see how everything fits.
    May the air be filled with tires!

  3. #3
    ups and downs
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    The original TALAS was 125mm max and the new one is 140mm, it's just going to shorten the loop between the lever and caliper a bit, but if you use the integral hose guide on the fork it will require less hose compared to zip tying your hose in two or three spots.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2004
    If it is too short then you have no other choice but to get new hydralic cables.

    If you want to re-route your exisiting cables, you need to disconnect the hose from the brake lever. You can order a new olive through your LBS and reuse everything else.

    You'll also need to bleed the brakes no matter which method you choose.

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    Don't we all brotha, but you just gotta work with what you got ya know?

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    Don't we all brotha, but you just gotta work with what you got ya know?

    You took the words right out of my mouth.

  7. #7
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    Jun 2004
    If your getting the shop to install the fork, ask if they'll redo the hydraulic brake at the same time free of charge. You'll just pay for the hose.

    If you wanna do it yourself, buy some new hydraulic hose, and go ahead and reroute the hose.

    The old hose should work though. The bend at the lever might get a little sharp that's it. But 20mm extra on the fork isn't that much. Try it out and see how that goes.

    But if your buying the fork through a dealer, they should install it free of charge, and get them to check the brake at the same time.

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