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Road Brake Levers with Roller Cam Brakes

Old 06-14-14, 08:28 PM
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Road Brake Levers with Roller Cam Brakes

Has anyone ever used road brake levers on Suntour roller cam brakes before? I'm wondering if you can comment on the braking feel or leverage. I was considering mustache bars or just road brake levers on my swept back bars to allow more hand positions than the MTB brake levers offer.
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Old 06-14-14, 09:01 PM
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I used them with the older style cam. I set up properly, it works; but they do require a bit more hand strength than standard side pulls.
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Hey, we're neighbors and we both have '87 High Sierras!

They work very well if set up right.

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Hi W,

Road levers are perfectly compatible with Roller-Cam brakes - they use the same pull ratios.

The only thing to worry about is if the Roller-Cams are on the rear, underneath the chainstays (as was stupidly-popular in the late 80's). If so, then you probably won't have anyplace to put a barrel-adjuster underneath the bottom bracket, so you'll need to get some road levers with integrated barrel-adjusters, or find a clever way to to an in-line barrel adjuster. If you find a really good way, please post an answer, 'cuz I may be in the same boat later this year.
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Originally Posted by inkandsilver View Post
Hey, we're neighbors and we both have '87 High Sierras!

They work very well if set up right.

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No way! That's awesome!
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Old 06-15-14, 08:38 AM
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I, as well have a 1987 High Sierra, in Black Chrome, and am using some DiaCompe levers (and "turkey wing""safety" levers) on my High Sierra. (Unfortunately, I seem to be unable to get to my pix on ImageShack and all the stuff I've posted from there has apparently dead-ended...)

It brakes about as fine as I can get it with the old XC Sport levers.

They seem to be relatively difficult to set up- but then again, I have problems setting up ordinary cantilever brakes.
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Moustache bars with roller cams sound HOT!

of course my 1986 Fuji Sundance has roller cams with VO Postino handlebars along with black cork grips.
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