Bicycle Mechanics - can you remove brake levers from shimano ef-50 integrated shift levers?
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09-13-10, 03:16 PM
i'm very pleased with the shifting of the ef-50 but i'm not a fan of the brake levers. the ef-50 integrates the shift lever and the brake lever (http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/SL308B13-Shimano+St-Ef50+Shiftbrake+Lever+Set.aspx). is it possible to remove the brake lever from the integrated lever and install my extra pair of sd-7 brake levers (http://www.rei.com/product/761660?preferredSku=7616600016&cm_mmc=cse_froogle-_-datafeed-_-product-_-7616600016&mr:trackingCode=83D61FE9-B299-DE11-93DB-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA)? this is for a hybrid bike with mountain components.
Well, anything can be hacksawed off, or with a bit of luck have the rivet hammered out. Trouble is that when you run separate shifters and brakes, they're meant to go on the bar in a certain sequence. And I think a brifter mount will get in the way of a separate brake mount, even if you've cut the lever off.
09-14-10, 08:04 AM
I have removed a lot of shifters from shift-brake lever combos - the early Rapidfire shifters were less reliable and had to be replaecd more often - the shifter mount could be cut off with a hacksaw and a separate shifter 'pod' could be bolted into place beside the remaining brake lever.
However, the "E-Z Fire" shifters like you have are not like the old ones - a shifter mount on the side of a brake lever. I believe the 'body' of the brake lever is really the same as the 'body' of the shift lever. So you might be able to remove the lever but there is still half of a brake lever remaining and you will have trouble mounting a new lever so it does not interfere with the shifter.
Happily, you can probably get a set of separate rapidfire+ shift levers for $30 or so and they are designed to work with separate brake levers.
By the way... what is the problem with the brake levers? THe levers just don't feel good or is it an actual problem with brake performance?
09-14-10, 11:45 AM
THe levers just don't feel good
yeah. these feel cheap (rest of the bike including shifters feel great). maybe i'm being picky. i guess i'll stick to these for now and when they break down i can look into sd7 levers ($25) and alivio 410 shifters ($35). before this i had a deore drive train (= awesome) but i am still pleased with these components. they work. never missed a shift going through muddy hills.
09-14-10, 11:54 AM
they work. never missed a shift going through muddy hills.
Yeah, EZ fire is entry level stuff, but like them or hate them, Shimano makes super parts and the quality and function of even their basic stuff is generally incredible.
I have heard of a lot of grumpy old mechanics who dislike selling anything higher than Deore level components because they believe (correctly IMO) that Deore is "as good as anyone really needs."
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