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Does anyone know if it's feasible to route my brake cables "moto" style (front brake on the right side like a motorcycle) using SRAM force? I've mocked it up without cutting any cable and don't see any reason why I cant but.... I don't want to screw it up if someone knows why I shouldn't.

Frame is an '07 Orbea Orca. Bars are 44's if any of that matters.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Sorry in advance if this subject has been addressed in a different thread, I didn't find anything....
 

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This is so strange. I was just thinking about this subject this morning, and had never come across any discussion of it. Then I saw a post on the Weight Weenies message board, and now here, all in one day. I would also like to know this, and if the same is true for all the brands (Shimano, Campy, and SRAM). I definitely use my rear brakes more, simply because I'm right handed. This would solve that problem.
 

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Along with bicycles, I also ride motorcycles. Always been surprised there's been a discrepancy on the front brake position on two wheelers. Makes no sense to me!

Anyhow, pretty sure that all brifters use an equal leverage ratio on both the left and right levers. In fact, I recently built up a new bike using Shimano Ultegra STI. Originally had the brakes reversed and it worked just fine. So, I suspect your SRAM levers should be OK as well.

Although I preferred it, I ultimately changed my setup back to the "front brake on the left" bicycle standard. The reason? I was concerned that one of my riding buddies would have a nasty accident when test riding my bike. Even if you warn someone, they will instinctively react the same in panic braking situations...then it's endo city! :eek:

Hope this helps,

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Well if it is not you better let all of the guys down under who are riding Force, Rival, Red and just about every other brake this way.
My Rival is set up right = front and my Red will be the same once received.
 

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Getting the cables to route nicely can be a little tricky in some situations, but that's about the only possible issue, at least until some mfr decides that we need different cable pulls for f&r brakes...

(all my bikes are set up this way, including one using rival w/ ultegra brakes.)
 

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No-brainer

BunnV said:
Does anyone know if it's feasible to route my brake cables "moto" style (front brake on the right side like a motorcycle) using SRAM force?
As bopApocalypse said, any bike can be set up this way. What could possibly be the barrier? Your cable casings just cross in the opposite direction.
 

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Well if it is not you better let all of the guys down under who are riding Force, Rival, Red and just about every other brake this way.
My Rival is set up right = front and my Red will be the same once received.
Perfect! Thanks for the picture. The cable routing seemed too obvious to be true, but it is!

Nice bike by the way. :thumbsup:
 

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Huh, I guess you don't have a choice really, where the shift housing/cables come out... Looks like the brake and der cables should be reversed.

Its the little things that catch my eye sometimes.

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You cannot reverse the derailleur cables. Right side has 9 clicks and left side has 2 clicks. This is one of the drawbacks...
Why is that a drawback??
Again, every Aussie I know runs their brakes and dérailleur's that way.
Not wanting to start a fight, just interested in why you think it is a drawback.
 

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It's somewhat less intuitive. It doesn't hinder performance once you are used to it, but it's more obvious to shift the rear and brake in the rear all with the right hand, and shift in front and brake in front all with the left hand.

Switching the brakes means the right hand shifts the rear and brakes in the front, which is somewhat backwards. In reality, no harder to learn than a new component set.
 

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I can see where you are coming from but only if that is what you were originally used to.
We know no different to front brake right and front dérailleur left so it is "intuitive" to us that it should be that way.
I certainly don't have to put any conscious thought into which hand changes or brakes what.
 

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Done

Thanks to all the boys down under for the advice and pictures. Here's mine.
 

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this is too funny....ive ridden motocross for years, and the first thing i did when i got my mountain bikes is swapped over to moto style; ive just ordered a road bike and it will be the first thing i do, otherwise it will be over the bars at the first stop sign!

are there any tricks to the conversion, do you have to buy new cables???
 

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brucemx372 said:
this is too funny....ive ridden motocross for years, and the first thing i did when i got my mountain bikes is swapped over to moto style; ive just ordered a road bike and it will be the first thing i do, otherwise it will be over the bars at the first stop sign!

are there any tricks to the conversion, do you have to buy new cables???
Shouldn't have to, unless re-inserting the cable into the other hose is that troublesome for you since it'd be frayed and all. And there's really no tricks as far as I know. The levers should be working the same exact way, but you're routing the cables elsewhere. Swap (or replace), and cut to the correct length.
 
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