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Old 03-10-08, 09:10 PM   #1
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route cable

so i am putting together a fixed gear bike and i just got these bars...



I want to put these TT levers on there


but there is no hole to route the cable internally...where should i drill the hole?
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Old 03-10-08, 10:30 PM   #2
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http://www.profile-design.com/nice_a...op_040803A.pdf

PDF says DO NOT DRILL OR CUT BAR to route cable, at risk of (various unmentioned
terrible problems). So you are on your own here. Be aware bar failure can be a pretty
bad event, not as bad as wheel disintegration or the fork breaking off but not far away.
If I had the cojones, I would make a small hole at the end of the depressed area in the
bar where the cable hides under the bar tape. Undersized hole just large enough to
dremel out an opening that allows the housing to come out in a natural way into the
groove. So the hole would have to be cut on the bias to allow the housing to lay
flat in the groove. Best bet get the right bar or swap brake levers. The carbon fiber
can't be worth the hassle. If that is a carbon bar forget it (more loudly: FORGET IT IF
BAR IS CARBON!!) though bar looks Al.
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I'd contact Profile with this question since both the levers and the bar are their products.
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Profile has already stated in their literature that if the bar does not come with
a hole from the maker, do not add holes or notch the bar end when these
brakes are used.
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Profile has already stated in their literature that if the bar does not come with
a hole from the maker, do not add holes or notch the bar end when these
brakes are used.
I saw your reference to Profile's literature above but I think it's peculiar that they make brake levers incompatible with their own bars. I wonder if they have a suggested installation method.
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I would just route the cable housing on the underneath of the bar. If you wrap your bars, you won't even notice them.
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The inference I got from Profile's write up was that they make bars/brakes as
a system and you buy one, you buy the other that is compatible. This particular
high zoot brake is CF and designed to route the cable inside the bar. I doubt it
could be routed externally as the cable comes through the mounting stem.
OP is best advised to return one or the other and get a compatible system.
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There's nothing "high zoot" about that lever. It's inexpensive painted aluminum. I have a set. There's no way to run the cable outside of the bars. I drilled my bars and didn't die, but I changed the bars and levers before I sold the bike for liability reasons.

The curve at the end of the bullhorns made it impossible to insert the levers all the way. Some grinding of the wedge solved that problem.
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If your bar has no cable holes then it is probably an older bar because new profile design catalogs only show the tandam stokers bar as not being pre-drilled.

Sorry, you need a different bar....................or different brake levers, your choice.
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buy the holed bars, and keep these undrilled ones as extras for the time when you grow out of riding the fixed on the road and want to try the track instead.

those bar end brakes don't fit those bullhorns properly anyway.
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