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Old 07-19-2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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Hand operated rear brake, or better boots?

I've been riding for a few years now, and still just don't really have the rear brake control that I'd like. Coming from mountain bikes, it seems like I would have infinitely greater control of the bike in technical riding situations if I were able to control both front and rear brakes with hand levers.

Are there any options for hand brakes? Maybe a single lever to control both with an adjustable F/R brake bias? What about these auto-clutch setups I've heard about? Would that free up the left hand for a brake lever?

Or do I just need better boots with more flexibility in the ankle? I'm currently using Fly Maverick boots.


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Old 07-19-2014, 12:03 PM   #2
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Lots of stunters run a hand brake on the left bar attached too a cable that will actuate the rear master cylinder.

Google should be able to help you out. But I'd wonder about using clutch and both brakes at the same time.
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:03 PM   #3
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Have you tried adjusting the brake pedal so it's better suited to your range of motion?
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:09 PM   #4
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Have you tried adjusting the brake pedal so it's better suited to your range of motion?
Yes. It's really more a matter of modulation and feel. It's not that I can't use it, it's just not even remotely close to the level of control I get on the mountain bike.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:03 AM   #5
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Yes. It's really more a matter of modulation and feel. It's not that I can't use it, it's just not even remotely close to the level of control I get on the mountain bike.

I hear you on that and agree completely. All of my dirt bikes are equipped with a LHRB and auto clutch.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:42 AM   #6
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You have to use the whole leg for any real braking. I brace my leg against the tank/frame as a damper on the force used. I use my toe for small events but for WTF Henry Hill braking the whole leg is the way to go.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:47 AM   #7
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I hear you on that and agree completely. All of my dirt bikes are equipped with a LHRB and auto clutch.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:28 AM   #8
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Change the pad or shoe material. I have one of the worst rear brakes made, a Ulysses. Like stepping on a 4x4. Changed to EBC HH and way better feel and modulation.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:13 AM   #9
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I also find it difficult to modulate the rear brake. "Back in the day" I rode street and raced dirt and often used the rear brake to control the bike. On my 2010 BMW F650GS I find the brake to be kind of an "all or nothing" proposition! I added a "pedal extension" which makes it easier to apply pressure, but it still feels like an off/on switch. This is my first bike with a rear disc brake and maybe I don't know how to ride it.... I'd love to feel like I have more control over the rear brake....
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:46 PM   #10
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Rekluse auto clutch + lefty rear brake = winning (for trail riding anyway, I took mine off since I started racing and wanted the clutch lever more than the rear brake)


I have the old style master with the override lever for the clutch. The current model uses a mountain bike master and you just place it above/below your stock clutch lever. With the auto-clutch, you can pretty much ignore the clutch lever though.

The Rekluse lrhb kit uses an adapter installed in the stock rear brake master so you retain the foot lever and can use either at any time.


My setup (don't mind my hodge-podged clutch lever, I broke the end off and was trying to come up with a solution)

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Old 07-20-2014, 01:52 PM   #11
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larry pegram use that setup on his race bikes
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:05 PM   #12
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I think they make thumb levers as well some of the 500 gp racers used them to help control rear wheel spin.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:51 AM   #13
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Yep. They are around $3-500 USD.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:15 PM   #14
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:49 AM   #15
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Great info. Thanks guys!


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