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    Brake Cables Needed

    I need some replacement brake cables. The levers I have need an unusually large barrel on the end. The "normal" barrel end is too small. The cable is also quite large in diameter but that is not a necessity. The existing cables look almost as if they were intended for a motorcycle, that's how large they are. The levers are Shimano.

    Does anyone stock these?

    Should I go to a dirt bike shop (off-roading parts place)?

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    Good morning. Are you trying to cable Shimano road levers or mtn levers?

    Post up a picture of the end that won't work and get pointed in the right direction, I'm sure of it

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    pics would help alot. back in the early '90s there was some really fat MTB brake cablesbut that kinda died out
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    Yes, to you both.

    The levers are Shimano mountain bike levers. They look like a dirt bike lever. The LBS owner said they are no longer available. I thought there might be a supply available online.

    Pics are tough because the existing cables are installed on the bike. They use a barrel end where the cable enters the barrel on the round side not the flat end of the barrel. As I mentioned, the barrel itself is larger in diameter and longer than the typical brake cable barrel. It also has a very thick cable.

    Perhaps, I should just buy new levers. It's just that these are really very nice, albeit very mountain/dirt bike-ish. What do you think?

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    I'm familiar with the levers and cables you're talking about. It's oversize stuff that was used on mountain bikes for a short time. I remember reading that you can get the cables from a motorcycle shop. You can also adapt the levers to accept standard cables and housings.

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    Thanks for that. I have an off-road vehicle parts shop/dealership near my office. I can go at lunch tomorrow.

    I may just buy new levers, as they include a set of new cables and allow me to use the many cable spares I already have. I'm keeping all the OEM parts for this bike in a box, two more levers in there won't make any difference.

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