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Old 09-23-06, 08:33 AM   #1
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dirty harry lever won't fit!

I just got a dirty harry lever bmx lever, but it won't fit. I am trying to fit it onto some nitto drops, but having no luck. I have seen other other people riding with one. So did they modify it to fit, like maybe trying to file it down? I thought i would ask before i start to butcher it and some has a better idea than filing it. Anyone else running one with nitto drops too?

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Old 09-23-06, 09:36 AM   #2
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It's made for BMX bars, which are 22.2 mm diameter, slightly smaller than the running length on Nitto bars. Nitto's are a road standard dimension, so regular road levers (or any lever sized for road bars) will work. I haven't seen a Dirty Harry in a road size, but you can get Goldfingers in both sizes (actually in 22.2 and then a 26.0 version with shims supplied to fit the Nitto). The Goldfingers are very hard to find in the larger size, for some unknown reason. I have an extra couple levers if you want to buy a pair and trade off the other one to someone else; PM me if you're interested.

By the way, this is the same problem with Paul levers. An option to consider (not quite as short as the Dirty Harry) is a cyclocross top-bar lever -- everyone makes them and they work well. They actually have better leverage with regular dual-pivot road brakes.
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Old 09-23-06, 10:52 AM   #3
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I used a 15/16" reamer.
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Old 09-23-06, 10:56 PM   #4
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I used a 15/16" reamer.
yep. bmx levers rule.
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Old 09-24-06, 05:17 AM   #5
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An option to consider (not quite as short as the Dirty Harry) is a cyclocross top-bar lever -- everyone makes them and they work well. They actually have better leverage with regular dual-pivot road brakes.
Not in my experience. The Tektro rx-2 was definitely showing signs of pulling more cable than a road caliper needs. You have to wrestle it like godzilla to get stopping power. My shiny new BMX lever is much better.
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