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I currently have traditional drop bars and cross (interrupter) brake levers. I like the interrupters and use them a lot.

But I'm going to get a compact drop bar (FSA Omega Compact bar on order), and in trying to envision this new setup, it seems the interrupters might be less useful with compact bars because my hands, even on the cross bar, will be closer to the (regular) brakes. Plus the "cockpit" area, being more compact with compact bars, might be overly cluttered with interrupters in there. Plus with a compact bar I suspect I'll have my hands on the cross bar less of the time.

All in all it seems interrupter brakes are less desirable on a compact drop bar than they are on a traditional drop bar.

Does anyone use interrupter brake levers on a compact bar?

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Theres no reason why you should or shouldn't use interrupter levers on this drop bar -- this is entirely a matter of preference. Try setting it up both ways and see which one you like better (and stick with that option, assuming the bars work out for you). –  Batman Apr 28 at 2:18
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I've got that bar and while my bike doesn't have cross levers, I think if you had cross levers on the old bars you'll want them on the new bars. They should fit just fine. –  Fred the Magic Wonder Dog Apr 29 at 2:46
    
@FredtheMagicWonderDog - thanks, useful. –  obelia Apr 29 at 17:21

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Generally a compact bar refers to the drops, not the width of the bar. The drop levers and interrupter levers will most likely be nearly the same distance apart. Your preference is all that matters.

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In this case, the particular bar tends to be a bit less wide when you buy it based on a given width (relative to other bars marketed as the same width). –  Batman Apr 28 at 20:42

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