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    How to adjust reach on Shimano 105 (5800) brake levers?

    Hi,

    Does anyone know how to adjust the reach on the new 105 (5800) brake levers for smaller hands??

    According to the manual, there is a screw type adjustment under the hoods – but my levers seem to be missing the screw adjuster that's in their diagram/illustration.

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    I know,.. I already referred to that manual. BUT their diagram does not match what I have under the hood of my 5800 levers.

    Do you have a pair of 105 (5800) levers? Does it look like what they have in the manual??

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeloDad888 View Post
    I know,.. I already referred to that manual. BUT their diagram does not match what I have under the hood of my 5800 levers.

    Do you have a pair of 105 (5800) levers? Does it look like what they have in the manual??
    Is there no hole? or is there a hole but no screw? If there is a hole, maybe the screw is there and instead of looking, you might feel for the screw with a 2mm hex key, and see if it engages anything.

    If there's no hole at all, then it is what it is, and you have some kind of variant of the levers.
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    If there's no hole, and given that they are only a few months old, take it back to the shop you got it from, and get them to ID/warranty the issue. If you need reach adjustment, you really should have got the shop to show you how when you got the bike. A few assumptions being made here, but from the question, you really needs to go back to the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
    If there's no hole, and given that they are only a few months old, take it back to the shop you got it from, and get them to ID/warranty the issue. ....
    If there's no hole at all in either lever, one would have to assume it's intentional, as in a model variant. The odds of one bike getting two levers with the same defect are astronomical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VeloDad888 View Post
    Hi,

    Does anyone know how to adjust the reach on the new 105 (5800) brake levers for smaller hands??

    According to the manual, there is a screw type adjustment under the hoods – but my levers seem to be missing the screw adjuster that's in their diagram/illustration.
    Mine have them. Are you sure you're pulling back the hoods and not just looking behind the lever?

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    Found it. My apologies... You guys were right. I was looking in the wrong spot all along. Assumed it was under the levers! Thanks to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeloDad888 View Post
    Found it. My apologies... You guys were right. I was looking in the wrong spot all along. Assumed it was under the levers! Thanks to everyone.
    So I guess this proves that a picture is NOT worth 1,000 words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    So I guess this proves that a picture is NOT worth 1,000 words.
    Yeah that picture is confusing. I pulled my lever at first looking for it.....

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