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    hydro cross compatibility

    I'm wondering if anyone has ever successfully hooked up a shimano lever to a hayes caliper (or a hayes lever to an avid caliper, etc). I assume it is possible if one gets all the correct hardware. I also assume that it would probably really mess up the feel of the brakes. Any enlightenment and/or experience. I ask because I want to run a lx dual control lever with a hayes stroker caliper. Crazy?

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    Extremely. Shimano uses mineral oil in their system while Hayes uses DOT fluid. You do NOT want to mix those. If you really don't like Shimano's calipers, mix and match with Magura or Tektro.

    Avid, Hayes and I think Formula use DOT, while Magura, Hope (?) and Tektro use mineral oil.
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    Hope are DOT.

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    Oh, well. Doesn't make a difference, just don't do it.
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    I didn't even think about oil types. Thanks for the heads up. Is it a common thing to mix and match calipers and levers from different brands?

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    It's very common for manufacturers to mix and match levers and calipers from different models within their own brand, but less common for people to mix and match with different brands. I think you should just stay within one brand.
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    Thanks for the help.

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