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Alternative ways to run non aero brake cables?

Old 05-04-10, 09:59 PM
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Alternative ways to run non aero brake cables?

Hi All,

I am starting to work over the Team Miyata and am undecided what to do about the brake levers.

The thing is that I really don't like non aero levers. They are not in the same class as dork disks and foam rubber handlebar tubes, but I'm still not fond of them. Normally I would switch out to aero levers in a second.

Nonetheless, everything on this bike is stock Dura Ace, including the levers, and I am tempted to keep them on.

My question is, are there alternative ways to run the cables so they are not so obnoxious?

Thanks

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If the problem is that you really want the cables to dissapear from view, there really is no answer but to try and shorten them as much as possible so as they do not stick up above the bars so much up front.....Non aero brakes......will always be........non-aero brakes.

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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
If the problem is that you really want the cables to dissapear from view, there really is no answer but to try and shorten them as much as possible so as they do not stick up above the bars so much up front.....Non aero brakes......will always be........non-aero brakes.

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There is an alternate routing, though I saw it on Campagnolo brakes, I think it could work for Shimano. cable end is at the top of the lever body, cable points down, cable housing starts at where the cable end usually is, so it exits behind the lever, and shoots down and or back to the front or rear brake, clever, did not really catch on, but the time trialists liked it circa 1975 when I saw it.
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For me brake levers are a matter of function first and aesthetically I like the look of non aero brakes and gracefully curving cables although this is not always practical even when the non aero brake levers offer up decent performance.

If you use non aero levers you will have to deal with cables... you could always run aero levers and keep the Dura ace levers in the event you decide to sell or restore the bike to original.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
There is an alternate routing, though I saw it on Campagnolo brakes, I think it could work for Shimano. cable end is at the top of the lever body, cable points down, cable housing starts at where the cable end usually is, so it exits behind the lever, and shoots down and or back to the front or rear brake, clever, did not really catch on, but the time trialists liked it circa 1975 when I saw it.
I'm having difficulty visualizing this.
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I'm having difficulty visualizing this.
It's pretty simple actually. You would insert the cable from the top, so the bullet sits where the housing would normally exit. The housing comes out of the bottom and runs downward behind the lever. The place that normally anchors the cable acts as the housing stop.
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I never minded non-aero, when they were the norm. But I guess I'd be bothered by the having the cables up in my face now.

Maybe use v-brake noodles?

But the alternate routing described above seems worth a try.
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I always thought you could only do that alternate routing on Levers that are designed for it.

Around the time of the move between Aero and Non-Aero they made levers designed to "Go Both Ways"
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