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    do YT's ship (in US) w Euro brake setup

    right hand brake is front and left is rear VS the more common US left is front right is rear? Asking for a friend who's never owned a bike and bought a Jeffsey...

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    It is easy to change, may require bleeding the system, but probably not.

    It is only UK who use the "wrong" setup in Europe? Anyone else?

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    My Jeffsy came with the "US-style" brake set up out of the box.

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    The bike came setup with the front brake in the left, I upgraded the bike to moto style, so I just switched them around no issues.

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    US bikes come with US standard. Left front, right rear.
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    thanks for feedback - it came setup for 'US' mtb brake standard. rider is growing accustom after only riding motorcycles and not mt bikes...

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    I’ve always been curious about this. I grew up strapped to a motocross bike and still ride some but have never swapped my MTB brakes from the “standard” setup and never had any issue. Thought about trying it but never got around to it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by detsortehul View Post
    It is easy to change, may require bleeding the system, but probably not.

    It is only UK who use the "wrong" setup in Europe? Anyone else?
    Doesn't require any bleeding. Just swap the levers and done.

    Basically the whole rest of the world uses right hand front brake. It's just the US that's backasswards, like the metric system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunniBoi View Post
    Basically the whole rest of the world uses right hand front brake. It's just the US that's backasswards, like the metric system.
    Denmark and Germany are other examples of countries using left front, right rear...
    Most of Europe uses this? Only UK is going their own ways?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasondbikes View Post
    I’ve always been curious about this. I grew up strapped to a motocross bike and still ride some but have never swapped my MTB brakes from the “standard” setup and never had any issue. Thought about trying it but never got around to it.


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    I have had a few motorcycles, and I just use the US standard bicycle setup and for some reason I am fine with it and it doesn't throw me lol.

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    If you don't ride a motorcycle it's fine to choose whatever you want and just get used to it. As a long time motorcyclist and mountainbiker I always swap levers to match motorcycle. I'm concerned that going both ways will result in a problem some day in a panic situation (mostly concerned with motorcycle). I don't want my mind to react in a panic situation and have me grab a hand full of clutch instead of front brake. With everything set up the same, right hand is ALWAYS front brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunniBoi View Post
    Basically the whole rest of the world uses right hand front brake. It's just the US that's backasswards, like the metric system.

    100% wrong. It's countries that drive on the wrong side of the road where right-front is common on bicycles (didn't you ever wonder why the rear shifter is on the right?). It's based on the incorrect idea that the rear brake is primary, and you need your other hand for traffic signals.

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