- Mix and Match Disc Calipers / Levers
Looking for new brakes, have been considering Shimano saint. Now I have seen on wiggle that the calipers and the levers are sold seperatly. Does anyone know if I can use the levers from my formula brakes on Shimano Calipers? Part of me thinks “No way, there must be some sort of difference”, the other part of me thinks “Why not….”
Appreciate any info.Posted 9 years ago
Shimano are all compatable with each other, I believe.
why you’d want to risk running parts across manufacturers where there’s no standards for the amount of movement in a caliper for a certain lever throw or even any standard on what they fill the things with is beyond me.Posted 9 years ago
Formula use dot fluid and shimano use mineral.The internal seals are not compatible with different brake fluid.Posted 9 years ago
That and leverage ratios-how much oil the lever displaces compared to the caliper (piston diameter vs stroke).
why you’d want to risk running parts across manufacturers where there’s no standards for the amount of movement in a caliper for a certain lever throw or even any standard on what they fill the things with is beyond me.
– Not a very patronizing answer……Posted 9 years ago
This is why I asked the question. Sometimes marketing leads us to beleive this is not possible, I always like to question why before spending out something when I allready have a good working pair just in case something is possible.
Thanks Rorschach… that makes sense.Posted 9 years ago
I of someone on here who has managed to bodge Hope levers with Shimano calipers for the fun of it, by swapping some seals around.Posted 9 years ago
But different leverage ratios and fluid types normally mean its not possible.
Although all Shimano stuff is compatible, BUT Im not sure about the latest 2011 Deore / XT / XTR yet.
Stick to same stuff if you can.
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