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Old 07-04-11, 07:03 PM
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Acera EZ Fire Plus Shift and Brake Lever as a crosstop?

I have bought a set of Shimano BL-R400 Road Drop Brake Levers

for my vintage Univega Sporttour, just to get hoods to rest my hands on.
Then I found the Shimano ST-EF60 Acera EZ Fire Plus Shift and Brake Lever Set

which I really would like to have on my bike.
Can they be installed as crosstops, inline with the BL-R400's, so I can brake from any hand position?
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THis is an awesome idea, the main question to me is if the azera thingys can pull the right amount of cable to actually have affective brakes. Long pull, short pull. What brakes do you have in your bike and what do want to use to connect them inline?? Remember a device that used to do that.
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It's an interesting idea that might work. If the cable anchor inside the brake lever is a hinged "bracket" with a slot in it, you might be able to run the brake cable through it. The run of cable housing between the brake levers would need to butt against the slot where the cable anchor normally goes.

But I make no promises that the cable run will be straight enough to work and that everything will stay in place once you start using it.
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There are specific cyclocross brake levers for this purpose, the idea to inline the EF60 won't work, for 2 main reasons, the cable pull, the EF60 is designed for v-brakes, and the cable stops at the brake lever. how do you intend to run it through to the BL-R400's.

This type of brake lever is designed to work inline https://salsacycles.com/components/cross_levers/
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
Long pull, short pull.
Oops, forgot about pull rates. Your road levers are short pull, the Acera levers are long pull. You'd bottom out the Acera levers before they pulled enough cable to do anything.
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Short answer; No

Gadgeteer's answer; Yes, but it will take much more work than it's worth

The EZfire is designed as a standalone brake lever, it cannot be run inline. You could however run it parralel using a cable doubler (not cheap) see herehttps://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=403248
you'll need two of those, one for each hand.

Also the EZfire is designed to pull V-brake levers, while the road levers are designed for calipers; these two brake styles use different cable pull ratios.
So you'll also need a pair of (inline)Travel Agent devices to modify the cable pull on the EZfires(note, they need to be inline style since they will attach inbetween the ezfire and doubler, not down on the brake as per normal use), see here:https://www.bicyclewarehouse.com/prod...r0330-qc30.htm

Oh right, and the EZfire is meant to clamp onto a 22.2mm bar, while your drop bars are going to be most likely a 23.8mm diameter, so you'll need to get to a machine shop to ream the clamp bigger(dunno how safe that will be) Might find a 22.2mm drop bar someplace tho.....
EDIT: actually, old drop bars had 22.2mm, so check yours first they might already work.

Yeah, so its possible, but not cheap and not pretty.
Better off buying a pair of real crosstop levers. as for shifting, get some bar end shifters, or mayb some old stem shifters (that would put them near the same location as the EZfire would have been)

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It's an interesting idea that might work. If the cable anchor inside the brake lever is a hinged "bracket" with a slot in it, you might be able to run the brake cable through it. The run of cable housing between the brake levers would need to butt against the slot where the cable anchor normally goes.

But I make no promises that the cable run will be straight enough to work and that everything will stay in place once you start using it.
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Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
Short answer; No

Gadgeteer's answer; Yes, but it will take much more work than it's worth
I was afraid of that!
I have a Ci Deck Plus setup on my mountain bike, and I love it - so I thought I might find a way to get something like it on my road bike as well. It almost looks like a "poor man's brifter" solution to me!
Ah well, another dream down the tubes... ;\(

Better off buying a pair of real crosstop levers
Well, if I keep the BL-R400's with their nice hoods,
I can brake from the top hand position anyway, so I won't need crosstops.

as for shifting, get some bar end shifters, or mayb some old stem shifters (that would put them near the same location as the EZfire would have been)
I have stem shifters on my downtube now, but would like triggers (don't like to hear the occasional chain rattling when I miss-shift!). Are there bar enders that work like triggers?
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Or, alternatively, I could keep the BL-R400's with their nice hoods, and install trigger shifters only on the top of the bar. That would give me a braking position and have the triggers close by as well.
BTW, do the BL-R400's work well with V-brakes too? If so, I would like to switch from my cantilevers.

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