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Old 08-21-14, 07:27 PM
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Hydraulic Brakes with longer levers

i have been using Magura Martas on my bike and really like the longer levers as i can use 3 fingers to brake (i have weak fingers). Tried using XTRs once and could not get used to the short levers.

Unfortunately my Martas are begining to show its age and start to give me problems and i am planning to get new brakes.
Double unfortunate is that most of the hydraulic brakes i see in the market these days have short levers, Does anyone have any recommendations of brands/models that have longer levers?

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Old 08-21-14, 11:21 PM
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You don't need the leverage of longer levers so much as you need your levers to transmit more braking power. Look seriously at Hayes Primes...they are powerful enough to haul down my downhill bike on steep chutes set up for one-finger braking. The beauty of the Prime is that the reach adjustment is independent of the actuation; in other words, for my short-ish fingers I can set it up for a shorter reach but with early engagement/shorter stroke - - and still retain the Primes' excellent modulation. There shouldn't be a combo of reach, stroke and power you can't dial in.
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Old 08-22-14, 01:37 AM
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One of the great things with current hydraulic brakes, is 1 or 2 finger braking, you get sufficient braking power by only using a small number of fingers.

Going to this can mean relearning how to use brakes effectively if coming from older models which required more braking force and more fingers.

Would be looking at hand/grip strengthening exercises to build grip strength over trying to source a part that doesn't exist any-more.
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If you really want long levers, Shimano has Mountain brakes and Trekking brakes.

Mountain brakes have short levers, Trekking brakes have long levers.

Trekking Brakes

Deore XT (BR-T785)
Lever: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...BL-T785-B/spec
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Caliper: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...B/BR-M785/spec

Deore LX (BR-T675)
Lever: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...BL-T675-B/spec
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Caliper: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...G/BR-T675/spec

Deore (BR-T615)
Lever: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...G/BL-T615/spec
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Caliper: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...B/BR-M615/spec

Mountain Brakes

Deore XT (BR-M785)
Lever: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...BL-M785-B/spec
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Caliper: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...B/BR-M785/spec

SLX (BR-M675)
Lever: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...BL-M675-B/spec
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Caliper: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...B/BR-M675/spec

Deore (BR-M615)
Lever: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...B/BL-M615/spec
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Caliper: http://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...B/BR-M615/spec
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hi folks, thanks for the responses. it help me realize that i may need to unlearn some old habits and learn new ones. i have adjusted the positions of my brakes and found that i can get enough grip on the levers with two fingers.
so i guess all this while, it was my technique that needs adjusting.
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Originally Posted by webster View Post
hi folks, thanks for the responses. it help me realize that i may need to unlearn some old habits and learn new ones. i have adjusted the positions of my brakes and found that i can get enough grip on the levers with two fingers.
so i guess all this while, it was my technique that needs adjusting.
Glad you got it worked out.....having only your pinkie wrapped around the bar isn't enough to control the bike and accurately modulate the brake on bumpy surfaces.
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