Te mortuo heres tibi sim?
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: East coast
Bikes: hardtail, squishy, fixed roadie, fixed crosser
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yep, perfectly normal, and part of the design.
does two things. 1: as you said, you can have it out, and prevent accidental lever pull/piston movement when no wheel is in
2: avid claims it'll help in some crash situations, by popping the lever out that way, rather than breaking it off. this has actually happened to me. the lever popped forward. popped it back in place, no problems, no bending, no breakage.