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    Easy swap from Mechanical to Hydraulic brakes and still use cables

    I saw these today. Cable operated hydraulic brakes. They were being fitted to a cyclocross bike. Can be used with any cable brake lever and they have huge power. Much more than cable brakes. TRP HY/RD. Hydraulic power off season and in winter just swap your BB7's over using the same cable and lever. Simples.

    https://www.trpbrakes.com/category.p...d=206&subcat=0

    They are new to me but maybe not new to others.



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    I have them fitted to my cyclocross, cheaper than an upgrade to the new roadie styled hydro brake combos and work pretty well so far, a few pro CX riders are using them as well at the moment. A good upgrade if you don't want the hassle of fitting a full hydro set up. Or you have a long frame that needs a long hydro line ('12 Mukluk for starters)

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    Kinda cool, and I'm sure my concerns are unfounded, but having the whole system, so close to the heat source, and so little oil volume, thermal expansion being what it is, I'd worry about seal failure in longer braking situations.

    I obviously know less than the good folks at TRP, but it still begs the question....
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    My concern is of getting the worst of both worlds with that setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    My concern is of getting the worst of both worlds with that setup.
    ^^^This^^^
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    I think for fatbikes the bigger issue is lever pull ratio. Those are designed to work with road/cantilever pulls, unless you are running BB7R on your fatbike, your levers are a V-brake pull. That lever will work with road, but it's not ideal, I found it to be pretty grabby when using Paul Single Finger levers and BB7Rs.

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    Anchoring the cable on the "short" side of the arm may alter the leverage enough to make them workable with flat bar brake levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    My concern is of getting the worst of both worlds with that setup.
    ROFLMAO!

    I don't want to seem redundant in my commentary (elsewhere), but I can't imagine looking to ADD a cable to anything. Not if I wanted it to work better. Hose = install it and forget it. Cable means maintenance - PERIOD. That means diminished performance at some point. I absolutely fail to see the point, or the advantage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    My concern is of getting the worst of both worlds with that setup.
    From what I've heard about those, that's what you get...however I'm still curious to see where that technology may go.
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    Cane Creek Flat Top levers will give the pull ratio you need, but by the time you buy those, plus $300 in TRP brakes, you can easily get a very good set of hydros. Or just go with BB7's.

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    Hey, I remember those. Welcome to 20 years ago.

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    Easy swap from Mechanical to Hydraulic brakes and still use cables

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Hey, I remember those. Welcome to 20 years ago.

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    Yup. Those were known for locking up from heat expansion on long descents. Could only sit and wait for them to cool down until the wheels would turn again.
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