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Old 05-16-08, 06:58 PM   #1
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Cant get Paul's E-Lever on Nitto Bullhorns

I have some RB-018-HT Bullhorns from Nitto and just received a Paul's E-Lever in the mail... but cannot seem to get it onto the bars. Any ideas? From all that I have read in terms of sizes this is certainly possible....
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I have some RB-018-HT Bullhorns from Nitto and just received a Paul's E-Lever in the mail... but cannot seem to get it onto the bars. Any ideas? From all that I have read in terms of sizes this is certainly possible....

With most of the slide on (non-hinged) levers you need to get a screwdriver into the opening and prise it apart before installation on bullhorns or drop handlebars.

My Paul Comp would not even get half way around the first bend (Nitto drops) until I gently put an extra 3-4 mm into the space between the ends of the opening in the clamp - my track drops are even more tightly curved than a set of RB-018-HT Bullhorns so it should be fairly easy.

If you are precious about the finish on your new lever - stick a tea towel or bit of cloth (so as not to scratch the finish) over the business end of the screwdriver before gently levering open. If you are precious about the finish on your bars lightly sand the leading edge/corners of the clamp opening so it is not so sharp. Should take you 5 minutes to install successfully.


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Awesome dude, thanks for the pix. And now I know I'm not the only one with a right hand front brake lever
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And wow, I have ultegra's too. Nice white paint, how did you do that?
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don't take this offensively tynan, but you have one of the most tarck bikes i have ever seen.
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Old 05-16-08, 07:44 PM   #6
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Awesome dude, thanks for the pix. And now I know I'm not the only one with a right hand front brake lever
I am in the UK, this is the standard way over here !
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Old 05-16-08, 07:46 PM   #7
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And wow, I have ultegra's too. Nice white paint, how did you do that?
The caliper ? It is a Dura Ace, taken apart, powdercoated white, the bolts and screws matt black - reassemble = job done.
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don't take this offensively tynan, but you have one of the most tarck bikes i have ever seen.
I am not sure what 'tarck' means other than an idiom of 'track' - and why saying I have the most 'tarck' (track) bike you have ever seen would be considered offensive ?

Thanks anyhow (I think?)
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I'm diggin' the pink brake cable too, may I inquire where that is from

You're the guy with the glowing seat post too right? haha.
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I'm diggin' the pink brake cable too, may I inquire where that is from

You're the guy with the glowing seat post too right? haha.
Yep, that's me

The cable is from a bike shop in central London called Cavendish cycles.
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you can use a beer can shim cut with scissors. note that it must be pabst blue ribbon or it will not work. about 3 overlaps should do the trick.
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you can use a beer can shim cut with scissors. note that it must be pabst blue ribbon or it will not work. about 3 overlaps should do the trick.
are you ****ing kidding
did you even read anything?
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Awesome dude, thanks for the pix. And now I know I'm not the only one with a right hand front brake lever
haha, i thought i was the only one.
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Yep, that's me

The cable is from a bike shop in central London called Cavendish cycles.
dude can we just see the rest of your bike? im really diggin the whole pink/blue/white color scheme. very nice! mine is pink/blue/black
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Awesome dude, thanks for the pix. And now I know I'm not the only one with a right hand front brake lever
if you only have one break (front or back) you should always have it on the side that is your dominant hand side, left handed goes left, right handed goes right. its apparently "easier" to regulate stopping power with your dominant hand, or so says my book on bike building haha
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Finally got the ******* on.



Took some gentle prying, just as you suggested, and a ton of anal lube. jaykay. I love it!
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My Paul Comp would not even get half way around the first bend (Nitto drops) until I gently put an extra 3-4 mm into the space between the ends of the opening in the clamp - my track drops are even more tightly curved than a set of RB-018-HT Bullhorns so it should be fairly easy.
While your directions are spot on, I'd question the 3-4mm. That's about a 1/4", quite a bit to be flexing a stubby piece of aluminum.
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has anyone tried de-anodizing and polishing the e-lever?
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Are you riding that stem with only one clamp?
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While your directions are spot on, I'd question the 3-4mm. That's about a 1/4", quite a bit to be flexing a stubby piece of aluminum.
Yeah maybe you are right, it does sound like a lot, maybe start with a couple of millimeters and see how you go.
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Are you riding that stem with only one clamp?
LOL ! No !!!! And well spotted.

That picture was taken midway through a rebuild of the front end.
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dude can we just see the rest of your bike? im really diggin the whole pink/blue/white color scheme. very nice! mine is pink/blue/black
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You should consider white leather track grips.

Ohhh, the absurdity.
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