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Old 05-05-20, 03:44 PM
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cb400
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Oversized early MTB brake cable solution

I just wanted to share a solution I found (on an old google group by someone called Steve Sr.) for Deore DX SLR or similar brake levers requiring a now obsolete style of brake cable end. The universal ones do not fit as shown below. Lots of slack and they are able to flop around in there due to not being wide enough.

The solution is to use a bronze bushing from the hardware store (1/4" ID x 5/16 OD)
Cut a slit down the middle with a dremel/hacksaw etc. then cut in half (one bushing is good for 2 of these) and you get something like below. Fiddle with it until it both fits onto the universal MTB cable end and into the brake lever. I ground the slit wider a little at a time until it worked.

Now a universal cable fits into the old school lever. Ideally one would drill a hole into the bronze and slide the cable through so that they can't move independently.
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