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What brake lever close to the stem with a riser handlebar?

Old 10-06-08, 09:20 PM
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What brake lever close to the stem with a riser handlebar?

Hi,

I'm going to buy a Nitto B-201 (riser) handlebar (25.4mm) for my fixie, and since it's my first fixie I'm gonna need a front brake.

The problem is, that I would like to cut the bar quite narrow and I would like the brake lever to as close to the stem as possible.
What brake lever whould you suggest me? - I think I'm looking for some kind of 2-finger lever, but I'm open for anything.

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Old 10-06-08, 09:27 PM
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If you are looking for pretty tiny levers, there's the

Diatech Gold Finger
http://www.ebikestop.com/diatech_gol...ver-BR9025.php

Paul E-Lever
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=21081
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Old 10-06-08, 09:54 PM
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Thank you ZiP0082 - those from Paul, I had my eye on looks very fine. I'm concerned about the geometri caus' I want the brakelever right next to the stem and the fact that I'm gonna buy a riser bar.

Another thing I just came up with is: I'm gonna get a pair of Phil Wood hubs and I've been looking for the Mavic CXP33 rims - does it sounds like a good match? Or are their better hubs/rims on the market for same/less price?

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Old 10-06-08, 09:56 PM
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get a flatbar
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Old 10-06-08, 10:03 PM
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get a flatbar
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Old 10-06-08, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by malke View Post
hahahahah really though. you can run them as narrow as you want and still have brakes

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Old 10-06-08, 10:12 PM
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solbrother: the thing is that I do prefer the comfort of a riser btw having a straight bar so narrow with pink gribs, just looks like to pr*cks
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Old 10-06-08, 10:13 PM
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hahaha they are red. they look pink in the pic. although, theyd be more badass in pink

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Old 10-06-08, 10:18 PM
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Yeah they really looked pink to me. Is' it your fix?

I was more thiking some handlebar-width like this
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yes, that is my motobecane messenger
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yes, that is my motobecane messenger
Nice though it's hard for your arms with much narrow bar? - hmm..you might used to it know?
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Old 10-06-08, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by malke View Post
Nice though it's hard for your arms with much narrow bar? - hmm..you might used to it know?
ive since switched to a 5" riser bar LOL
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Old 10-07-08, 12:50 AM
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Originally Posted by solbrothers View Post
hahahahah really though. you can run them as narrow as you want and still have brakes

OK, where do you get the red/pink grips? I need some (or yellow or green).
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why put the lever near the stem on risers? you really only have one hand position with risers, so why not put it where you can reach it without grabbing the bend like a dumbass? i know it's a fixed gear so you can brake with just the rear, but if you're going to do something, why not do it right?
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Originally Posted by metaljim View Post
why put the lever near the stem on risers? you really only have one hand position with risers, so why not put it where you can reach it without grabbing the bend like a dumbass? i know it's a fixed gear so you can brake with just the rear, but if you're going to do something, why not do it right?
I do agree with this. having it closer to the grips is easier to grab in emergencies. here's mine:

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Originally Posted by metaljim View Post
why put the lever near the stem on risers? you really only have one hand position with risers, so why not put it where you can reach it without grabbing the bend like a dumbass? i know it's a fixed gear so you can brake with just the rear, but if you're going to do something, why not do it right?
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I do agree with this. having it closer to the grips is easier to grab in emergencies. here's mine:

Yeah you guys might be right about that.. I just thought it would look more clean with the lever as close to the stem as possible
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082 View Post
I do agree with this. having it closer to the grips is easier to grab in emergencies. here's mine:

That picture doesn't have the same hard core feel it would without the family in the background. Though you bike seems to have them quite worried. Just an observation.
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Something to think about....chances are that if you going to need to use the break it is going to be in those "oh sh*t" moments. When those happen, stability is key. You will be able to retain much more stability if your hands are a bit further out from the stem. The faster you are going, and the harder you brake, the more stability is reduced with your hands close to the stem.

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Originally Posted by sunburst View Post
OK, where do you get the red/pink grips? I need some (or yellow or green).
lol, its just the picture, they are red. but they are just bmx grips from the lbs
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082 View Post
Really nice bike. What is the frame?
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Originally Posted by sedition View Post
Something to think about....chances are that if you going to need to use the break it is going to be in those "oh sh*t" moments. When those happen, stability is key. You will be able to retain much more stability if your hands are a bit further out from the stem. The faster you are going, and the harder you brake, the more stability is reduced with your hands close to the stem.
Thank you very much for your input
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Originally Posted by malke View Post
Yeah you guys might be right about that.. I just thought it would look more clean with the lever as close to the stem as possible
the point of having an emergency brake is to quickly stop in unanticipated situations. don't run one at all if you're not going to mount it practically.
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the lever would really look better at the end of your grip. near the stem it would look lonely and dejected. besides, the way the lever is angled out, it would be too hard to grip since your hand would be in the curve, with the lever mounted on the bottom flat. too far to reach.
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Originally Posted by hanjin View Post
That picture doesn't have the same hard core feel it would without the family in the background. Though you bike seems to have them quite worried. Just an observation.
haha, true it was at the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn pier, definitely family-friendly location.

Originally Posted by sedition View Post
Really nice bike. What is the frame?
Thanks, it's a Kilo TT, purchased as complete, and I've been swapping a lot of stuff.
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Old 10-07-08, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by metaljim View Post
the lever would really look better at the end of your grip. near the stem it would look lonely and dejected. besides, the way the lever is angled out, it would be too hard to grip since your hand would be in the curve, with the lever mounted on the bottom flat. too far to reach.
Actually that was my point with this topic: are there any lever that follow the curve from a riser bar (well guess not after all)
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