I purchased a gravel bike with drop handlebars, mostly for commuting and maybe for some weekend bike camping trips. I've only ever ridden mountain bikes with flat bars in the past, but I figured I'd get used to the drop bars. After a month I'm realizing that drop bars are just not for me. So I want to take my Jones Loop off of my MTB and put it on the new gravel bike.
The gravel bike had Micro Shift MTB bar end shifters so I picked up the matching flat bar adaptors for $40 and that will be a real easy 10 minute switch. Now I just need brake levers but I can't seem to find definitive answers online about which ones will be compatible with my brakes.
I've never bled a brake line before but I'm confident that I could do it and its only another $20 for the line bleeding kit. More than one blog says that there are not many compatibility issues with hydraulic levers when switching from drop bar to flat, but I can't find anything that says if I can just use any random hydraulic levers with these brakes.
The brakes on the bike are TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brakes. From what I can tell, TRP only makes one flat bar hydraulic disc brake set and they don't seem to sell replacement levers.
I don't need top of the line parts, but I don't want to buy something that is going to break easily. I found a store selling what look like very basic levers, Shimano BL-MT200, at $15 for the set. I also found a list of other Shimano levers at varying price points, BL-M6000, BL-M7100, and BL-M8000.
My questions are:
- Can I just swap out the TRP Hylex drop bar levers for these cheap Shimano levers?
- Could I hypothetically use just about any random hydraulic levers? SRAM / Tektro / Shimano
- Does it make good sense (would I notice a difference) to buy a more expensive lever like the BL-M8000?