Join Date: Nov 2003
Bikes: Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
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Old school guidelines start the bars with the flat at the bottom of the drops parallell to the ground. The brifters are then setup so that when the bars are set on a table, the tip of the brake lever just touches the table (this would put the tip of the lever just parallell to the bottom edge of that flat).
It is common these days to see the flat at the bottom of the drops pointing down more, sometimes so far as to point at the rear axle. There doesn't seem to be any common point to set the brifters under these circumstances. Some still point straight down, some angle slightly forward. Most people want the brifters close enough to be comfortably reached from the drops.
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