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Old 09-25-18, 08:39 PM
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Bullhorn-bar lever setup recommendations

I'm interested in setting up a street bike with bullhorn bars. I'd like to have proper TT-style brake levers and bar-end shifters on this, but as far as I can tell, TT levers have "plug" attachments to the bars, the same as bar-end shifters. So I can't have both at the same time.

I'm wondering if there are any TT levers that clamp around the outside diameter of the bar, or if there are any other clever solutions to this problem. I've thought about using Paul "thumbie" adapters, which would be OK but not as good.
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Plenty of choices here as an example. https://www.bikewagon.com/part/brake...-brakes/levers CX/Cross levers won't work without some modification but any basic standard road lever can be setup to work very well as well as most "Flat Bar" style levers. Either road or flat bar levers can also be run upside down if you prefer a different cable routing.
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Old 09-26-18, 07:06 AM
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This system continues to work very well for me 6 years on.

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Campagnolo has EPS track shifter/brake combination levers. Pretty sweet, but the price might be more than many people would be willing to pay.

I'd probably either use standard "Brifters", or reverse orient the regular drop bar "aero" levers, and add bar end shifters.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Campagnolo has EPS track shifter/brake combination levers. Pretty sweet, but the price might be more than many people would be willing to pay.

I'd probably either use standard "Brifters", or reverse orient the regular drop bar "aero" levers, and add bar end shifters.
Shimano DI2 also has this feature with their TT levers. If I were looking for a cheaper route I would probably run my normal SRAM TT levers and then have thumbies on the inside at the ends or go with the the Paul Comp SRAM adaptor but then you would be stuck running SRAM however that XX1 Eagle stuff is pretty nice for SRAM but with that cost I would stick with Di2.
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Apparently Shimano Metrea would be an option (with hydraulic disc brakes), but also pretty spendy
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Old 09-26-18, 07:57 PM
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You can use a Vision Aero reverse brake levers with bar end shifters. I set up my wife's hill climb TT bike with those levers, SRAM SL-900 shifters, carbon bullhorns, SRAM XX rear derailleur, and Red front derailleur. The only issue was the the cable exits for the shifter and brake lever wanted to be in the same place. Both the brake lever and shifters had to be rotated inward to resolve the cable interference and have good ergonomics. The bike has been setup that way for over 2 years now with zero complaints about the shifting, braking, or ergonomics.
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Originally Posted by OneIsAllYouNeed View Post
You can use a Vision Aero reverse brake levers with bar end shifters. I set up my wife's hill climb TT bike with those levers, SRAM SL-900 shifters, carbon bullhorns, SRAM XX rear derailleur, and Red front derailleur. The only issue was the the cable exits for the shifter and brake lever wanted to be in the same place. Both the brake lever and shifters had to be rotated inward to resolve the cable interference and have good ergonomics. The bike has been setup that way for over 2 years now with zero complaints about the shifting, braking, or ergonomics.
Can you post photos? I'm trying to visualize how those could work together on the same bar.
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
Can you post photos? I'm trying to visualize how those could work together on the same bar.




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Thanks. I've never seen Vision levers with an external clamp, so that's why I was confused. I might consider using those instead of the interrupter levers if I do another build like that.
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That's a tidy setup--thanks for the photos. Vision doesn't seem to be listing that lever on their website currently, although there may be used parts floating around.
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
This system continues to work very well for me 6 years on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgFt1zG_knM
Interrupter levers are definitely the most economical solution. You also have the option of adding a 2nd set of identical levers closer to the stem.

Using interrupter levers with reverse aero (aka TT) levers can run into a balancing challenge because of different mechanical advantages.
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Old 10-24-18, 07:15 AM
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adamrice...did you come up with a solution?
I'd like to swap the drops on my Road bike with the same brake/shifter set-up (like what OneIsAllYouNeed has done)
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Another scheme via Jtek at SJS Cycles UK..

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But I'd say time trial & Triathlon race bike components,
may not be Ideal on daily transportation bikes..
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Those Jteks look pretty!.......pretty expensive that is.
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Originally Posted by Speedway2 View Post
adamrice...did you come up with a solution?
I haven't procured the test subject yet. I will probably do something very much like what OneIsAllYouNeed showed. AFAICT, FSA doesn't sell those exact brake levers anymore, but I'm pretty sure I saw scads of them on eBay. Barring that, I'll probably use cross levers—I'd like to have an excuse to put something from Paul Components on my bike, and they've got some smart cross levers. That wouldn't follow the curve up at the end of typical bullhorn bars, but there are also flat bullhorns.

Those Jtek levers are clever but look flimsy. It's hard to imagine something hanging off the side of a barcon being stout enough for a panic stop. And in any case, now that the company has been taken over by interests in the UK, they don't seem to trade directly with customers in the USA.
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you are not racing triathlons or doing time trials that's their target market.

jtek company founder died.. that's why it was transferred.
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