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Old 04-18-09, 09:48 AM   #1
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Levers touching top tube

Hello all,

One of my MTB (Lapierre) has the shifters touching the top tube when the handlebar is steered all the way to the right or to the left. While this is not an issue as far as riding is concerned, I have seen numerous Lapierre with dented top tubes following a crash when the levers and/or shifters hit the top tube.

Do your bikes also have this 'problem'?
Anyone has any hint to share to prevent such damage? (I want neither a riser bar or a ridiculous stack of spacers).

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Old 04-18-09, 09:52 AM   #2
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can you post some pictures of how you have your bars set up?
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Old 04-18-09, 10:21 AM   #3
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I like to install my brake levers just tight enough to not move around during regular use, but loose enough that they can rotate during a hard impact- your top tube and levers will thank you.
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Well I do not have a camera at hands but they are set up normally. I have no rise straight bars, two 5mm spacers and a semi integrated headset.
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Yes, Flat bar/short stem/on a medium frame epic. Not a problem in normal riding but in a crash, the bars can turn enough to hit the top tube. **** happens. THis is why I perfected the summersualt/cartwheel approach to crashing. I've tightened the pedal adjustment so my shoes won't release from the pedal. I over fill my camelback to 60 PSI, and wear enough layers that I resemble the kid in "A Christmas Story" that couldn't put his arms down. This way I can always stay with the bike and keep the flat bar from turning far enough to hit the top tube.

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That sounds like a good approach. But I carry my phone in my bag, and I dont want to break it again.
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My levers hit the top tube if they are angled down too far, I just angled them up more ... have like 1 mm of clearance incase I want to attempt some cable snapping bar spins.. it's a 06 trek fuel with a short stem.
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