I've got a set of 38cm RB021's that I'm just itching to put on my next bike. I was planning on what front brake setup to go with and it seems like the goldfinger's pretty comfy. I understand they're 22mm or 7/8" and last time I checked, my bars are about 24mm before they hit the raised area closer to the stem. Will I have to force the lever on? Will it even fit?
Oh and while I'm at it, cheap caliper brake suggestions?
get a cross interrupter lever to go on the 26.0 part or bar end levers..
I ran cross levers on my iro and was pretty neutral to how they felt. I've tried bar end levers for bullhorns on somebody's rush hour once and it didn't feel too natural to me. I only use the horns for climbing or sprinting, most of my riding is done on the flats.
BMX and MTB are 22.2 diameter. Nitto bars are 23.8 mm beyond the central sleeve (which of course is 25.4 mm). DiaCompe makes two versions of the Goldfinger, one in 22.2 and the other in 25.4/26.0 with a reducer that takes it down to 22.2. So ... no joy. If you use either 25.4 or 26.0 bars with a slightly wider fat section in the middle (Nitto 018 bullhorns, for example), you can use a Goldfinger if you can find the right one. Unfortunately the 25.4 mm ones aren't normally imported into the US (which is more BMX oriented). If you want a couple of them, I got some last time I was overseas. Send me a PM.
If you need a lever for 23.8 mm, your choices are a cross lever (which is usually somewhat mediocre), an old Paul cross lever (which is pretty nice but no longer made) or a Paul E-lever (which is a relatively new product, still made, $52 per lever but does everything you want it to). The only downside to the E-lever is that you'll have to put up with all the kvetching about how expensive it is.