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Old 05-18-06, 12:09 PM   #1
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handlebar question

not sure if this is the right forum for this but I recently got a nice used Redline Conquest that came with a really crappy 5 speed Cassette on some old beater wheel (and a Spinergy Spox front wheel? not sure what dude was thinking but I got a good deal on it). so I'm considering turning it into a single speed mostly for commuting to work. I found a single speed that I really like the looks of and I can't seem to figure out what kind of handlebars\breaks this guy has set up but I really like the looks of them and want to set up something like this. here's a pic, if anyone knows what components these are please let me know.

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Tektro in-line levers.

Edit: FWIW that would be a brake question and the SS/FG forum would get more responses.

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Those are tektro levers with an old set of road drop bars flipped over and chopped just after the bend starts. You can do this, or there are other "bullhorn" shapes that you can buy ready-made. Nitto makes most of those.
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I'll skip the bullhorn shape and just bust out my dye grinder and do it myself, thanx for the idea, yeah it just looks like regular mt bike break levers, I just like the idea of having that kind of break lever positioned where he had them, more my stile.
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Yeah, a die grinder will do well for this. People will tell you to use a pipe cutter, but it's a total pain on a curved bar.

Also, if you're trying to buy those levers, they are actually marketed as being for cyclocross, not MTB, though they get listed all over the place. Tektro, Salsa, Cane Creek, and Nashbar all sell the exact same thing (I mean like out of the same molds same). Don't pay more than $20 for them. And make sure you're not buying the inline version, which are made to splice into the middle of the cables for bikes that already have other levers.
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yeah it just looks like regular mt bike break levers
That isn't a Mt Bike lever, it's an in-line or cyclocross lever. The primary difference is in the clamp size. Mt Bike bars, and by extension, the levers are smaller in diameter. You can easily make the in-line lever work on MT Bike bars with a shim, but going the other way risks damage to lever or bar.

http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=BR7310

One nice attribute of the in-lines is the clamp is a hinged arrangement so you can install without having to remove your tape.
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You can easily make the in-line lever work on MT Bike bars with a shim, but going the other way risks damage to lever or bar.
+1 on that -- don't try to "stretch" an MTB component to fit a road bar, depending on the metal it could fissure instead of bend. Not that I ever did that, of course.
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Those are tektro levers with an old set of road drop bars flipped over and chopped just after the bend starts. You can do this, or there are other "bullhorn" shapes that you can buy ready-made. Nitto makes most of those.
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What's wrong with making your own bullhorns? Unless you're ******** with tools, why not modify something to suit how you like it?
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