- Do your brake levers hit your toptube?
Mine used to and as the frame was expensive I had a top tube protector on it.
Then I did a bike skilz session and learned the importance of wrists down when attacking/descending and had to tilt the levers back up (and closer) which meant they clear.
If you stack the bike and the bars rotate hard with levers not clearing you will dent the top tube not matter how slack your levers. It’s either a top tube protector or adjustment.Posted 4 years ago
I can’t imagine how it’s possible. I’m looking at the bike. I can’t see how my levers could ever touch the top tube. Feel daft.
I’m tempted to take a photo later, mine quite happily touch as they are at the moment, and wouldn’t consider any of these to be true either:Posted 4 years ago
But then I don’t run stupidly long forks, stupidly low bars or run my levers at a stupidly downwards angle.OllyMember
Or will my frame die, more importantly?
if anything is going to fail, it will be the brake lever.
its very dependant on frame shape, but quite common. worst case scenario is a minor ding in the top tube and/or a broken lever. Very unlikely though.
I tend to run my levers a shade loose anyway. Apparently a motocross trick. As mentioned above, tighten them up, then loosen them just enough. you want to be able to use them safely, and not have them move under normal loads, but with a good bash they will swivel out the way. same for shifters too. if you crank them right up you are likely just to snap them off with contact with the floor/trees/your nuts, in a crash.Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
On 2 bikes the bars touch the top tube first. ( no dents – many crashes)
On the other my bike the brake levers would hit but have in the past just swiveled out the way under crashing
My road bike , commuting bike , tt bike and cross bike – bars all hit first and no damage to themPosted 4 years ago
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