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    Hinge-style V-brake levers?

    Hey guys,

    Since my SS only runs brakes, I wanted to try switching between handlebars on a regular basis without removing grips. Can anyone recommend a good pair of long-pull levers for Mtn. disc brakes (Avid BB7) that have a hinge at the mount?

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    Just buy multiple brake levers. they're not that expensive. Any brake lever that uses the "hinge" system, I would question how well it'll stay put.
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    With multiple brake levers, I'd have to change my cable out every time I switch bars. A well-made hinge isn't that much of a weak point, and it's not like brake levers are especially weight-bearing.

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    No idea if they're decent, but Shimano Deore T610 Trekking V-Brake Levers | Chain Reaction Cycles

    What levers are you running now? Are you keen enough on being able to swap handlebars without removing grips that you'd give up the performance of something nice like the speed dials?

    I think the speed dials have a way to detach the cable without pulling it back through, but I'd have to hold one in my hand to confirm.
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    If you look at this picture:



    Note the slot in the lever body, adjuster and nut. If you can get some slack into the cable you can turn the adjuster and nut so the slot lines up all the way through, and that will allow you to unhook the cable end and slide it out.

    I think a lot of mechanical levers use a similar setup.
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    This^. Unhooking the cable from the brake lever is easy. Even easier if you take the wheel out.
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    Hinged clamps are pretty standard now in recent hydraulic brakes, but most cable brake levers haven't been updated. I have noticed these options, there may be more:

    Shimano Deore V-brake levers T610, BLT610, T611
    TRP ML930

    Of course, it may be cheaper to get lock-on grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexCuse View Post
    If you look at this picture:



    Note the slot in the lever body, adjuster and nut. If you can get some slack into the cable you can turn the adjuster and nut so the slot lines up all the way through, and that will allow you to unhook the cable end and slide it out.

    I think a lot of mechanical levers use a similar setup.
    Huh! I have re-cabled about 15 bikes now, and didn't really figure this organically. Thanks for the help. This should do the trick!

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