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Can a Shimano XT (mountain) hydraulic disc brake caliper be used with an Ultegra STI road brake lever?

Specifically, is the XT BR-M8020 mountain caliper compatible with an Ultegra hydraulic road brifter like like the ST-R8020 or ST-R8070? I have confirmed that they both use BH90 brake hose ("high ...
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Hydraulic disc brake too loose

I recently replaced my brake pads on a Tektro M285 Hydraulic Disc. After replacing them I pumped the levers so it would go back into place but after a bit of pumping, I noticed that it only adjusted ...
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Can I use V brake levers for U brakes (side pull calipers)?

I accidently bought a V brake set instead of U brake set (side pull calipers) for an old bike I'm fixing. I really like the levers and would like to keep them. These are the levers I've bought: XLC ...
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Shifter/brake-lever compatibility with front and rear derailleurs

I am currently converting my bike from flat bars to drop bars for a long touring cycle. I used to have Shimano SL310 shifters (8x3), but have now bought Shimano Sora ST-3300 (8x3) to mount on the drop ...
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How much cable can I pull with a brake lever in another custom mechanism, and how can I achieve it?

I am not sure if this is the correct community for the answer, but since this part is about a bicycle part, I thought it's okay. If this is better posted in physics, or anywhere else, please let me ...
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My hydraulic Hayes brake lever comes down and clicks, and it doesn’t retract?

My Hayes “Purple” hydraulic brake lever doesn’t work. I thought the reservoir was empty, so I put some brake fluid in and it didn’t work. The lever comes down too far with no response to the brakes, ...
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Bike brake bleed question

so after bleeding my Tektro mineral oil brakes, the brakes appear to no longer be functional. when I depress the lever until it touches the handle bars. I am still able to spin the wheel. I think it ...
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What is considered a small hand for shimano?

The new shimano r7000 offers two options r7025 and r7000 in the brake levers, the first one is for small hands. What is considered small hands?
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Can hand brake levers be pulled hard enough on a comfort/cruiser handlebar?

My bike currently has a straight handlebar. Both the front and rear brake are operated by hand, with a brake lever on each side of the handlebar. This allows me to pull them very hard, which is good. ...
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What are cheap options for an extra set of brake levers for mechanical disk brakes?

A quick question. I want to have an extra pair of brake levers for my mechanical disk brakes set at a different position on my handlebar(s), and I want the whole upgrade to cost as little as possible. ...
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How to improve braking with hands on hoods?

I have gravel bike for around 3 months now with mechanical disc brakes and one thing I have problems with is braking. When I ride on drops (which I do rarely) I can brake well -- I pull the brake ...
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How to replace brake lever from integrated shifter?

I had recently upgraded from grip shifter to thumb shifter. I have attached the new ST EF50 shifter for my Btwin RR 340vtt. Just today I broke the brake lever from the shifter. I don't want to replace ...
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What to call bike brake levers with two gripping points?

I have a Schwinn Letour bike which has brake handles that can be gripped from two different points, but the whole brake handle is a singly body of metal, as can be seen here: I am wondering what this ...
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Interoperability of hydraulic disc brakes and levers between model lines/manufacturers

My bike came with Shimano Deore XT M765 hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Deore XT M756 hydraulic levers Dual Control units. I wonder whether the calipers from one manufacturer can be connected to ...
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Purpose of barrel adjuster on Travel Agent?

I mistakenly bought the version of the Travel Agent (by Problem Solvers) without the barrel adjuster, and I’m just wondering if I need it. What’s the barrel adjuster used for? My bike has reverse ...
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Thumb ring and index finger

I have a new bike for 3 month and after about 20 Km my ring and index finger on the left hand became numb. Just as an information for my hand position: These fingers are always on the brakes. Here is ...
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Rear Wheel Brakes

I bought a secondhand Scott mountain bike with a hydraulic braking system. The front brake is dead but the rear feels like it is skidding. The brake lever is also a bit loose. What could be the ...
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How to measure handlebar? pls

Do you know what size my handlebar has? I want to buy a new pair of Tektro brake levers and I do not know what steps to take about it
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Brake Lever Not Fully Retracting

I've noticed a problem with the brake lever corresponding to the rear brake for a cheapo kids bike i'm working on. After squeezing the brake lever it won't full return to its resting place. This was ...
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Need advice for my brakes on vintage Torpado

I got nice Torpado as birthday present. I am not sure if the brake levers are too big for my hands, or too old. They seem very tight but also not that easy to reach. I am 5.3 tall, the frame is 49cm. ...
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Brake lever clamp too loose for handlebars

I'm trying to attach a new brake lever onto my handlebars, however, the clamp (circular part) of the brake lever that slides onto the handlebars is a bit too loose. I've tried to tighten it but ...
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Putting rear hand brakes onto a 16" Diamondback Jr Viper

I'm trying to add rear hand brakes onto a 16" bike for my son. I've seen other online versions of the same bike model (Diamonback Jr Viper) with hand brakes; which makes me think I should be able to ...
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Click/snap sound while fastening brake lever onto carbon bar

I was fastening Shimano STI levers onto Bontrager carbon drop handlebars yesterday, with my torque wrench set at ~2nm, and heard a short rather loud click/snap sound shortly after starting to tighten, ...
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How to tighten SRAM HRD Rival brake lever?

I have SRAM Rival HRD brake/gear shifters on my cross bike. It's a 1X setup. The left brake lever (this is the UK where rear brake lever is on the left, so it's the rear brake lever only) has lateral ...
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Can the brake levers be moved from the side to the top of the handlebar?

My bicycle currently looks like this: Can I move the brake levers from the side to the front, so it looks like this? How do I go about it, and is it good idea? I'm new to riding this kind of a ...
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TT levers for road bullhorns with 17mm inner diameter

I have bullhorns with inner diameter of 17mm on tops. I've bought Soma Pursuit Lever Set, 19.6-20.6mm, but they don't fit, as are too wide. Popular Cane Creek 200 TT Time Trial Levers, probably won'...
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Only rear cross lever on bullhorns

I'm newbie. I have bullhorns with two TT levers. For safety, I'm considering installing cross lever(s). I'd like to install only the rear-wheel cross lever since: Setup will be less clumsy When my ...
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Brake fluid squirts out of brake lever

We noticed tonight that one of the brake levers, whenever you actuated it and let go rapidly, brake fluid would squirt out (black and oily substance). I'm wondering if there would be some things that ...
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Alternative to Cane Creek 200TT Brake Levers [closed]

I'm newbie. Looking for silver TT levers (not aero) for bullhorn on single speed (caliper brakes). I'd like all silver levers (without tblack parts). There's Cane Creek 200TT. But it has black ...
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Brake levers for bullhorn on single speed - tt/cross or both?

I'm newbie. I need advice regarding brake levers for bullhorn on a single speed. I ride both flat and bullhorn ends. Do I need both TT levers and cross levers? What do you use? Bonus questions: ...
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Alternative to traditional brake hoods?

I have some Tektro RL520 and have had them for a WHILE. The hoods split at some point, I forgot exactly when. I want to replace my bartape and I want to either: Buy new hood replacements Find an ...
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Shimano Hydraulic brake 90-degree angle hack

Does anybody know of a way to get Shimano Hydraulic brake hoses to exit the levers at a 90-degree angle? I ride a recumbent and at the moment I have to put up with a huge loop in front of my eyeline ...
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Can rubber hoods be used on a different brand of brake levers?

The rubber hoods on my SRAM levers have started to tear. However, locally there are only a couple of Shimano rubber hoods. Can they fit and what should I pay attention to?
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Grip diameter of a riser bar?

I bought a riser bar (Easton EA30) and I want to buy grips and brake levers to put on it. I know the clamp diameter is 31.8mm, but how do I figure out the bar end diameter? I don't have a caliper to ...
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Braking on a vintage road bike

I recently bought a vintage Gitane road bike. I understand that in the 70s and 80s they sold a lot of these road bikes with drop handle bars. Sometimes they came with the extra lever for an easier ...
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When engaging the brake lever: the cable loosens and doesn't stay in the other side (where the twisty bit is)

Picture inside. Bike newbie here, Tried adjusting v-brakes from rubbing but now when using the brakes this pivot piece pops out (instead of going back in). Why is this happening what are my options ...
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Gear cable head stuck in Shimano Sora lever

During the replacement of gear cable (Shimano Sora 2017 brake/gear levers), I incorrectly threaded the gear cable, gave it a little tug, and now the head of the cable is stuck in the lever housing, ...
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Cross top Levers as primary brake

Has anyone ever tried to use Cross Top levers as your only braking method (ie not just as an interrupter for the drop levers)? I'm guessing it wouldn't work as you need the cable to go straight ...
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cleaning v-brake arms with riveted inner sleeve

I've got avid single digit 5 v-brakes, those with an inner sleeve riveted into the arm; the sleeve isn't supposed to move around the pivot, the arm itself moves around the sleeve instead. Arguably due ...
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How tight should brake lever clips be?

I've ordered some second-hand handlebars from one seller on eBay, and brake levers from a different seller. Both claim to be 22.2mm diameter but the clip on the levers (as photographed) will be a very ...
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Wrapping alloy brifters for cold weather

I have a bike with alloy brifters that get very cold during winter season riding. I wear a nice pair of gloves and the cold comes right through because my hands are wrapped around them and usually in ...
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Unable To Adjust Mechanical Disc Brakes Properly

I have a very puzzling problem with the front mechanical disc brakes on a big-box retailer mountain bike. Nothing fancy, and it used to work well for over a year but since I last dismantled it to ...
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Are brake lever reach limit screws necessary for any reason?

I have some generic cantilever brake levers on my MTB. The brake reach adjustment screws are normally fully wound out, so are not limiting the brake's reach at all. Can I remove them permanently ? ...
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How to mount TT shifters and TT brake levers together?

I am starting a new project to build a custom bike with bullhorn handlebar. It'd most likely be made either with road or hybrid type of frame. I am planning on having both front and real derailleurs, ...
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Shimano M355 brake handle parts

My son has a Diamondback Recoil Comp MB with Shimano M355 brakes. The rear brake lever got messed up somehow. The snapring that holds the plunger/piston into the master cylinder assembly got popped ...
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Can I use a 3x10 shifter/brake lever on a 3x8 bike?

I have a 3x8 road bike, but mistakenly bought a 3x10 Shimano derailleur/brake lever. Will it work or should I exchange?
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SRAM Guide brake lever won't return

I have an SRAM Guide brake (rear) that after bleeding, the brake lever won't return quickly. At room temperature, this is barely noticeable, but when the temperature climbs, or the bike is in the ...
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Flat handlebar caliper brake compatibility

I am trying to convert my flat bar bike to drop bar. I have bought STI's but I also want to use additional brake levers(like cyclocross bikes, flat bar levers) as well. I may be wrong but cable pull ...
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Connect Trekking Bike Brakes to Road Bike Lever

A family member will give me his old (high class) trekking bike. I like the bike a lot but would like to swap the steering bar for a road bike one, which I am used to and like a lot. Is it possible ...
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Is Shimano Claris compatible with disc brakes?

All of the Shimano Claris groupsets I have seen come with cantilever brakes as far as I can tell. Is it possible to get this with disc brakes, would I have to buy the individual components? What ...