Which Brake for (very) small hands?
I set up my Shimano brakes to have almost zero travel (that’s just the way I like them). I do this by overfilling them. That means making sure the piston is a little way out before topping the system up. I don’t know if it’s possible to do this with your Hope brakes. It might be worth trying it before you spend money on something else.
Is it only one hand that is affected? Would it help to switch the brakes over?Posted 5 years agolegendMember
close to the bar, but when pulled, gives full power before hitting the bars (something my V2’s suffer from)
The cam mechanism in Shimano brakes will struggle with this too unfortunately.
However, it is very possible to put a custom bend in old style Shimanos if you can find a good setPosted 5 years agorobinlaidlawMember
My wife has tiny hands (XS in womens gloves) and we can get Avid Elixir CR levers set up to work for her. The levers are about 1″ away from the bars when released and provided they are properly bled and set-up the brakes pull up at full power before they hit the bars.Posted 5 years agonosediveMember
the shimano xt levers are nice and small, but I find the way the cam works mean that they move quite a lot before they bite and i cant get mine that close to the bar, even with the adjust screw right in. I’ve not tried overfilling them like some folks above have though.
I read in an MBR review that one of the XTR levers (trail or race but I cant remember which) worked without a cam in it, might be worth trying to get some of those?Posted 5 years agorootes1Member
would it be worth having a mix and match of lever to caliper..
say larger diameter piston in the lever with a smaller diameter caliper pistons..
this will obviously reduce power but will mean the lever moves less..
Old style shimano LX lever is quite adjustable – relaible and cheapPosted 5 years agoandyrmMember
I’d say run a set of Shimanos, maybe look at the Zee or Saint as the 4 pot will mean you have less effective lever pull for a given amount of bite.
As has been said, the smart move is to trick the caliper by bleeding as per the standard instructions, then reinserting the bleed cup, putting about half a cup full of fluid in, pulling the lever once with no rotor or spacer block in. This in turn brings everything a bit closer, then mess round with the reach and bit adjusts to get it hunky dory.
Hope that helps!
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