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    Just got my first MTB

    Just picked a Trek 4500 and I love it. going to use it mostly for trails and parks, some light riding with a baby seat for the little one.

    Quick question: Where is the best placement for the brakes and shift levers. My LBS had to order my bike and they called me for pick up when it was assembled. I didn't test ride it there, but when I got home i realized the brake levers were 'under' the grips, instead of 'infront' of the grips from the riders point of view.

    I could swear the levers were in the 'infront' position on the 4500 i tested at a different LBS.

    Any thoughts?? THis is a great bike store and I'm sure they will work with me on placement, but I wanted this groups opinion first, since they are a bit a drive, as well and I can probably adjust the levers myself.

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    Barkingdog,

    The general rule of thumb is a 45 degree angle down measured as if a plane(not in the sky) was leveled across the top of the bar horizontally.

    Here is a link to a something that will walk you through it. There is no need to go back to the LBS unless you have other questions as well or just want them to explain it better to you. Scroll down to page 5 of the link I wrote in above. It should help you out. If you are planning on getting into some of you own bike maintenance (you said the LBS was a drive), picking up a set of Barnett's manuals is the best thing you can do. I find trying to download/use/print them offline to be more trouble than its worth. I picked up a set a while ago after I had gotten pretty proficient at doing my own maintenence. It has been one of the best bike-related purchases I have made. I think that you can find the whole set for something like $100 at a big bookstore like Barnes and Noble or Amazon, and youn can get the individual books for something like $30 a piece at the same places. The set contains all four books, each dealing with a seperate area of the bike. The last book in the set conatins worksheets that are made up of shortened versions of the steps in the original chapters, as well as check-offs to keep track of how far you have gone. The worksheets do not contain all of the paragraph-text of explanations as in the full chapters, and are meant to speed up the process once you have done the repair a few times by eliminating any information that it is assumed the mech knows. Good luck!
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    EDIT: My link won't work. Go the mechanics section of the forums, click on the Barnett's manual post at the top of the page, and look for the index. Click on brake levers and scroll to page 5. Everyting you need to know is right there.
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    ~45 degrees is a good place to start, but you really want to find the most natural position for your wrists.

    Check out this article: http://www.bicycling.com/article/0,5...ategory_id=365
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    I ride with both at difference angles. My left hand is more straigh out in order to maximize power. My right hand is 45 degree

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    Thanks all. That's a real help.

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    i wouldn't be too worried that they are under the grips... i actually had my friends 4500 readjusted because his had the levers flatter than he would've liked.
    i won't deny it i'm a straight ridah

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    Actually, I was wondering because they weren't as comfortable as the test bike I rode. The Barnett link and bicyling mag article go great together, btw. Basically start at 45 and then adjust for comfort is what i took out of them, and that's what I'm going to do.

    Upon closer inspection it looks like my LBS was going for 45 and went a too far. Should be fairly easy to adjust.

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    congrats!
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