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Old 05-20-12, 12:48 AM   #1
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Cross lever for Kona Jake?

I have 2012 Kona Jake and I recently bought Tektro RL720 for cross lever.

However, stupid of me, the diameter of the RL720 was 24mm, and I thought it would fit, and while the Oversized handlebar indeed have 24 mm on the outer side, but the oversized 31.5 mm part is too long that the brake levers would obstruct the Road Brifters.

So the obvious solution is probably buying a 31mm version of Tektro Cross Lever, but there's also a problem in doing this:
1) Where should I put the lights?
2) It's possible that it would obstruct with the front bag I have.


The reason I want cross lever is for convenience reasons. I used the bike for touring, commuting and cycling. I wanted a cross brake when I am holding the horizontal part of the handlebar when I want to sit upright.



What should I do?
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Put the lever further off center, most-all road bars tend to be just a bit smaller
than 24mm..
outside the center bulge or sleeve...

Pauls and a couple other options, offer a substitute
steerer tube top cap that adds, a light mount place,
and another to use mid fork braze-ons ,
not to mention, all the fork crown light mounts made.

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Put the lever further off center, most-all road bars tend to be just a bit smaller
than 24mm.. .
I think he said that he can't: "the oversized 31.5 mm part is too long that the brake levers would obstruct the Road Brifters." This seem pretty surprising - you'd have thought that Kona would chosen bars that could take cross levers. I'd mail them or post on their forum.
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I think he said that he can't: "the oversized 31.5 mm part is too long that the brake levers would obstruct the Road Brifters." This seem pretty surprising - you'd have thought that Kona would chosen bars that could take cross levers. I'd mail them or post on their forum.
you're reading that wrong. he's saying that unless he buys 31.8 mm clamp cross levers, the bulge for the stem clamp is so wide that were he to mount the 24mm levers on the 24mm part of the tops of the bars, the levers would be so far outboard they'd hit his STI levers.

OP, either you need to move the bag to the back and the light to the fork, wider bars or new bars with a narrower bulged area.

these sound like some very narrow bars. 40cm?
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you're reading that wrong. he's saying that unless he buys 31.8 mm clamp cross levers, the bulge for the stem clamp is so wide that were he to mount the 24mm levers on the 24mm part of the tops of the bars, the levers would be so far outboard they'd hit his STI levers.

OP, either you need to move the bag to the back and the light to the fork, wider bars or new bars with a narrower bulged area.

these sound like some very narrow bars. 40cm?
I think so too. The bars are saying 400mm x 31.8. Do you know any road bar that has short buldged area that could accept Tektro RL720? I think the bars are a bit too narrow too. I would accept a road bar less than $50. I am a small guy using 47 frame but I did think the handlebar was a bit narrow. I would probably want 42 cm handlebar.


Otherwise, does anyone use Tektro RL720 (24mm) on Oversized handlebar on this forum?



What I noticed about the Kona Road Handlebar is that the Oversized part of the bar seems to be the same length as most of the other Oversized Handlebar (120 mm), but the part that gradually narrows seems to be quite long. The whole oversized part lasts about 200 mm until it finally reaches the 24 mm diameter part.

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IMO top-mounts work best when they're mounted close to the stem. A pair with 31.8 clamp size is pretty affordable, as is this little number:

http://www.paulcomp.com/stemlightmount.html
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No Kona Jake, Different bike.. different components ..
My Empella cross levers sit right against the outer edge
of the center sleeve of My Nitto Dirt-drop bars.

Seems a perfect setup.

Considered a different handle bar?

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Thank you guys! My handlebar arrived today, so I installed the cross levers and it was the way I wanted it to be.
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