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    levers for bull horn bars?

    looking for some levers to put on a bull horn bar. i want to use an interrupter/inline lever but read some issues with cable fray. what options do i have? i dont want the reverse levers that go on the end of the bars. want somthing that mounts like a mtb lever

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    i was also thinking of a bmx lever. would that work? i think it would be difficult to slide on though. do they make bmx levers with hinged clamps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    looking for some levers to put on a bull horn bar. i want to use an interrupter/inline lever but read some issues with cable fray. what options do i have? i dont want the reverse levers that go on the end of the bars. want somthing that mounts like a mtb lever
    Whoever said there were cable fraying issues with those have no idea wtf they're talking about. The standard tektro inline levers will work just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    i was also thinking of a bmx lever. would that work?
    Unlikely, as bar diameter won't match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Whoever said there were cable fraying issues with those have no idea wtf they're talking about. The standard tektro inline levers will work just fine.
    You obviously missed that thread. Someone about a year back was using the interrupter levers on the ends of some bullhorn bars instead of using TT levers and after some time the cable frayed and snapped due to the lack of a pivoting anchor for the cable end. Interrupter levers should not be used as end levers for this reason. Or, despite the fact that they are not the best option, if they are used then frequent cable inspections would be needed and the cables swapped out as kinks or broken strands are noticed. Some of us would rather not take the chance on not noticing that there's a problem in time though.

    Reptilezs, what have you got against the usual TT style lever that fits into the end of the bar? Are you trying to leave it open for installing bar end shifters or is there some other reason? And even if you were to open up the mount on a MTB or BMX lever so it would fit onto the end of the bullhorns now the cable would come off the lever pointed forward and have to arc around in a big loop. Seems to me like it would look pretty dorky. Or are you wanting to install the levers on the inner straight portion of the bars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
    .... Or are you wanting to install the levers on the inner straight portion of the bars?
    Given his comment:"i think it would be difficult to slide on though." that seems like it would be the case.

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    Promax top mount lever has a hinged mount

    http://www.leechi.com.tw/index.php?l...class=2&page=2

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    Salsa Halter Top levers have a parallel-push design; I don't see cable fray being a potential issue with these in your application. Very nicely made with hinged clamp and included shims for 26.0 or 31.8 bars.

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    NICE FIND DD! Now we've got levers that would work with bar end shifters in the ends of bullhorns.
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    yes i want the levers on the inner straight portin of the bars not a TT style lever. i have nothing against a tt brake lever but my buddy wants a lever that mounts near the stem and does not want a tt lever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    yes i want the levers on the inner straight portin of the bars not a TT style lever
    In that case if you find a set of MTB or BMX levers that have a little bit of extra meat in the portion that goes around the bars your best option would be to just Dremel or cleanly file out the mount to fit and push them on. A screwdriver to wedge open the split a little will ease the travel around the bends.

    Actually as I was typing this another thought occured to me. The typical cyclocross interrupter levers have that issue about the ends being flexed too close to the swaged end. BUT!.... If you were to use the road end of the cable and slip on a 1 inch piece of housing with ferrules to hold the end away from the lever and then just wrap this stub under the bar tape I don't see why this would not move any stress away from the end and allow you to use these as your only brake lever. This way you're using the levers sort of in the way that was originally intended.

    Or of course you COULD leave this little isolation stub sticking out in the breeze where it's easier to swap or otherwise inspect. In fact that may not be a bad idea for the first few thousand miles just to be able to monitor for any broken cable strands. But the under the bar tape option would be cleaner if it works out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdork View Post
    Salsa Halter Top levers have a parallel-push design; I don't see cable fray being a potential issue with these in your application. Very nicely made with hinged clamp and included shims for 26.0 or 31.8 bars.

    Nice find indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdork View Post
    Salsa Halter Top levers have a parallel-push design; I don't see cable fray being a potential issue with these in your application. Very nicely made with hinged clamp and included shims for 26.0 or 31.8 bars.
    You will need 24mm lever clamps to put the levers out at the end of the bullhorn bar. 26 and 31.8 are for mounting on the stem "bulge" area of the bar. If all you want is to mount the levers inboard on the bar, then this will work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
    You obviously missed that thread. Someone about a year back was using the interrupter levers on the ends of some bullhorn bars instead of using TT levers
    He said he didnt want to mount them on the bar end
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