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Old 05-29-18, 10:10 AM
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Disc Brakes on Albatross bars

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Has anyone tried hydraulic disc brakes on Nitto Albatross bars? I'm wondering if having the levers / master cylinders angled down too far will cause problems.

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those 23.8* tube not 22,2? you may have an issue as all MTB master levers are for the smaller bar tube..

I suggest one of the cable operated hydro brakes like TRP Hy Rd https://www.trpcycling.com/product/hyrd/
or their road hydraulic .. Hylex https://www.trpcycling.com/product/hylex-rs-post-mount/


*my Mustache bars are that typical road handle bar tubing size , everywhere but the center..
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Albatross are MTB diameter. I already have a set of Tektro hydraulic disc brakes - just wondering if having them mounted with the levers angled way down will cause any problems - looking for experience from someone who has tried either successfully or unsuccessfully .

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OK I was thinking Nitto Mustache bars , Albatross is another 'northroads' bend,
so any MTB lever can work....







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A properly bled brake (no air) doesn't care what orientation it is in. Go nuts.

Making sure the reservoir sits above the master cylinder is really all that is important, otherwise air can enter through the piston port.
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OK, Thanks for that - I'll give them a go and see how it works out. If I have a problem, I guess I will need to go to either a flat bar (that I already have) to use the brake set I have or switch to mechanical which I would have to buy.

Another option that would let me still use my vintage MTB levers would be cable actuated hydraulic. Are these much better than plain cable actuated? Or do they just introduce the risks of both systems? i.e. cable stretch and the need to bleed?

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I have yet to buy any.. Trek shipped their 720 with brifters and the HyRd brakes seemed nice

caliper felt good actuating it.


but there is a rubber bladder in a master cylinder tank, so it can be inverted without introducing air..

Hydraulic brakes in your car assume you will not be flipping it.
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When I bought my first disc brake bike, a 2018 Trek Stache 5, I was told not to store it upside down or the brakes would quit working - that's why I'm concerned about having the brake levers angled way down on Albatross bars.

I upgraded my Stache brakes to SLX and have the stock Tektro's that I plan to use on a new commuter / townie build - probable a Disc Trucker or Straggler.

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It is difficult, but not impossible, to remove all the air in a hydraulic system. I would dare say that most shops will make one, maybe two attempts at a good bled before moving on for fear of profit margins. Plain and simple: not doing it frequently leads to bad bleeds.

Some systems are easier to get all the air out of (using vacuum bleeding), whereas some are harder (gravity bleeding). If the system is bled properly, as noted, air cannot move into the line with the reservoir inverted.
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I think I've found my answer......... I'll try the Tektro hydraulic brakes that I already have because, I already have them. If I have too much trouble with air in the lines from the master cylinders not being upright - I'll go with Tektro Auriga Comp - they have adjustable angle master cylinders.
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For years, I ran S-A Drum brakes with original Campagnolo Road Brake levers , they would be a 'cantilever pull'.. on my Nitto Mustache bars..


offered first was cable to hydraulic converters, the 2 masters set under the stem , hose the rest of the way..




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