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Ultegra brifter adjustment

post #1 of 8
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got a new road bike courtesy of daywalker. Its sick but my hands are stretching to reach the levers to stop. no issue shifting just stopping.

I cant see any adjustments screws and a google search only turns out stuff for older than mine ultegra. Mine is circa 2005. Anything I can do to get the levers closer?
post #2 of 8
 Best thing you can do is change the bars. Next thing you can do is get these little wedges that you stick in to the brake lever.

Can we have a side picture of your bars?
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 Best thing you can do is change the bars. Next thing you can do is get these little wedges that you stick in to the brake lever.

Can we have a side picture of your bars?

how will changing the bars get the shifter levers closer?

what about the little wedges?

If I have to get new bars I am saving money and getting SRAM rival which has lever adjustment for sure.
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how will changing the bars get the shifter levers closer?

what about the little wedges?

If I have to get new bars I am saving money and getting SRAM rival which has lever adjustment for sure.

 

We're talking about the "drop"-style road bars, right? The bars are available in different sizes. The width, the reach, the drop, and the shape are all variables. You can also try a shorter stem to bring the bars closer.

Also, accessing the brakes from the brake hood is generally less of a stretch than reaching down into the drop to access the brakes.
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how will changing the bars get the shifter levers closer?
 

Unless you take a size small or ladies' medium glove, it is hard to believe that your hands can't  wrap around the levers enough to generate full braking force.     

Bar shape can distort a normal grip.   Frex, with a highly curved bar large hands are at a disadvantage.
post #6 of 8
 I agree the bars are the most likely problem, but before I bought new bars, I would play around with the position of the levers on your existing bars.  A small adjustment can make a big difference in regards to reach.  If that doesn't work out, try some of the newer low rise, short reach curved bars like FSA's compact models.  I really don't like most of the "ergo" bars as I have short to medium length fingers and have a very difficult time reaching the brake levers from the drops.
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what about the little wedges?

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCEqProduct.jsp?spid=41915
post #8 of 8
 As Roadrash said you can also slide the lever up and down on the curve of the bars. This matters. But the shape of the bar matters too no matter what brand of levers you have. Also, I'm pretty sure that a new set of bars will cost you way less than a new set of levers.

Here's a picture of my bars and where the levers are on them. This was the third set of bars I tried before I found the ones that were "just right".
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