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    brake levers for disc road calipers

    I have a Raleigh Furley with promax 720m RA disc brakes. I am thinking about putting a flat bar on it and getting rid of the drops. Would a standard MTB brake lever (avid speed dials) work with these "road" style calipers? Or do I need to look at replacing the calipers with something else? I don't know the difference between the road/mtb versions of disc parts, so I'm not exactly sure what I need.

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    MTB brakes are long pull.

    Road brakes, cantilever brakes & BMX brakes are short pull.

    Speed Dial levers aren't designed to work with short pull brakes.

    Shimano BL-R550 or the Sram 700 flat bar lever would be better choice.

    I'm sure that other brands make similar levers.

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    cool, thanks for the advice. i'll look into those other levers, or maybe i'll just throw some bb7's on it for a nice little upgrade.

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    not to be ignorant or anything... but wouldn't using a long pull lever from a MTB work just fine with a short pull caliper? if it's set to move more cable, wouldn't it more quickly be able to close a road disc caliper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr45h View Post
    not to be ignorant or anything... but wouldn't using a long pull lever from a MTB work just fine with a short pull caliper? if it's set to move more cable, wouldn't it more quickly be able to close a road disc caliper?
    Yes, it will 'close' the caliper quickly but have no power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dru View Post
    Yes, it will 'close' the caliper quickly but have no power.

    Drew
    ah, ok. i dont get why it wouldn't have power but ill take your word for it. thanks for the reply.

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    Leverage my friend! They are called levers for a reason. More cable pull = less force applied to the arm of the caliper. Less cable pull = more force. The fulcrum of a lever determines force to a degree (along with other factors). The fulcrum is the pivot. The cable is further away with long pull and closer with traditional canti/bmx/road levers.

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    oh, right on! thanks

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