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Sram brake hood to bar transition - anyone else find this uncomfortable?

Old 08-01-11, 05:03 PM
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Sram brake hood to bar transition - anyone else find this uncomfortable?

I have had Sram Force and Red brifters mounted on a Token marble carbon bar and now a FSA Compact Carbon Pro (alu with carbon overlay). The problem I have is, there is a huge edge right underneath the rubber hood boot right where the shifter begins. I'd say it's an 1/8". I find this very uncomfortable, as this is right where the palms of my hands usually rest. In fact, the pressure from the edge of this bump has actually caused the rubber boots to begin tearing in this area. At first I thought it was possibly an issue with the Token bars, but I'm having the same issue with the different bar geometry of the FSA. I have tried mounting the shifters every which way possible, slighting them forward, rear, angling from side-to-side, etc. but I just cannot end up with the smooth transition from bar to shifter. The only thing I could do to minimize this irregularity was place some foam weatherstripping under the bar tape in this area. That helped, but it's not perfect. Is this just a Sram quirk, or am I doing something wrong? Is there a way to mechanically adjust how the shifters connect to the bar so that this big bump could be corrected?
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Old 08-01-11, 07:22 PM
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Google tape wrapping as I believe that area is supposed to have tape underneath it, but can't picture it w/o pics.
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Old 08-01-11, 08:54 PM
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On one bike, I have 3T rotundo bars - with the shifters pointed just above parallel to the ground, the transition is actually pretty smooth.

On my other bike, i have FSA k-wing compacts. On those, the transition is more pronounced.

To account for this, I wrap bar tape to bridge the transition a bit. But you could try rotating your bars up a bit, and sliding the shifters down a bit.
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Old 08-01-11, 09:18 PM
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Same problem; I had to wrap tape both under that portion, and if I recall a double layer over that corner/ledge to smooth it out. It's the one part of that component group that I was less than pleased with.
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I've seen that edge on thinly wrapped bars. My bars are double wrapped, so I don't have it.
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try wrapping the bars with no tape on top of the plastic portion of the lever body, I did that on my Red levers, and it solved the hump problem....experiment
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Get a good mechanic to wrap the bars, I find the transition to be very smooth and it's the most comfortable hoods I've tried.
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