Best cable control setup

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  1. _Spyder

    _Spyder New Member

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    I'm interested in upgrading my cable controls, specifically the clutch and brakes.

    Does anyone know of a novel or intuitive way to setup the controls so the brakes and clutch aren't impossible to operate simultaneously? It just makes me a little nervous having to lock my clutch and then reach above it to the brake lever, especially since the clutch lock button is a little sticky from dumping the bike last winter. I've imagined using something like a throttle grip for the clutch but I haven't been able to find a locking model with a cursory search.

    In any case, I'd really appreciate direction towards any good clutch control; I didn't like that odd little spring-loaded lock button even when it was new.

    Thanks in advance for any advice~
     
  2. curtisfox

    curtisfox Well-Known Member

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    They do sell a double pull brake lever that pull both brakes at once. Some like and some don't. Takes a little to adjust..............Curt
     
  3. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    i use dia compe tech 77 levers on my bikes. they were originally made in the 80's for freestyle bmx and have a locking button that never fails. the remake ones are just as good as the originals and they're about 15 bucks each.

    won't solve your two lever problem, but they're waaay better than the crappy stock clutch lever.
     
  4. knightscape

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    Does your bike have a front derailleur on it? One of the vendors has a lever that is basically a front shifter/brake and the trigger shifters are used to actuate the clutch. you cant have a front shifter for that set up i think. I've never done it that way, just seen the part in the listings.

    Edit: Found it:
    http://www.bikeberry.com/gas-engine...roke-clutch/combo-brake-and-clutch-lever.html
    It's just a 3speed front deraileur brake/shifter lever.
     
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  6. _Spyder

    _Spyder New Member

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    Thank you all very much for the advice! It will go a long way. I will almost certainly buy a double pull brake lever - right now I pretty much use the rear brake exclusively, so I can't imagine it would give me less control in any way :p

    Thanks a lot, knightscape and bairdco, for the clutch recommendations. I'm not sure which route I'll go yet, but the Compe Tech and a double pull brake sounds like a cool combination. I don't have a front dereailleur, and that ratcheting clutch/shifter is pretty awesome, but I'm worried that it wouldn't allow as much control over the clutch as a full-size lever.

    Thanks again for the advice!
     
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  7. Dan

    Dan Staff
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    Spyder, I use duel brake levers and love `em.
     
  8. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    Everyone seems to miss the cable itself...
    I use a clutch cable from a RM250 MX bike. MUCH heavier construction and strength.
    I did have to drill my clutch arm to allow the thicker cable to fit
    Fits normal levers.
     
  9. msrfan

    msrfan Active Member

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    Good call maniac. I also use motorcycle cables for brakes and clutches. A lot less flex. Sometimes heavier duty levers and perches are required. Careful routing and numerous frame clamps give a more confident feel.
     
  10. Nashville Kat

    Nashville Kat Active Member

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    Raced road racing for 14 seasons a long time ago. I've had double pull brake levers on my two builds for 6 years, and wouldn't want to be without them. I had my doubts at first, but the levers have never failed.

    What I'm wanting to get is a clutch cable roller I saw out a couple of years back and can't seem to find now- a little roller attached to the side of the case and the cable ran through a roller at the top. Anybody know where I can still get one?
     
  11. Legwon

    Legwon New Member

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    i believe This is what your looking for Nashville??
     

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