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I went to put my existing Shimano brakes on my Carbine 275 (to replace the stock Avids) and I realized that the brake line for the Shimano is a touch too short. If I route the brake cable along the top tube (rather than the downtube) it reaches perfectly. My only concern is that I have to thread the brake line through the upper rocker link (just like the line for the rear derailleur on the other side...).

Is this a concern with the larger diameter of the brake hose vs. the shift housing? I worry about it being pinched as the suspension cycles. Or maybe I should just suck it up and buy a longer brake hose and route it as intended.

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I went to put my existing Shimano brakes on my Carbine 275 (to replace the stock Avids) and I realized that the brake line for the Shimano is a touch too short. If I route the brake cable along the top tube (rather than the downtube) it reaches perfectly. My only concern is that I have to thread the brake line through the upper rocker link (just like the line for the rear derailleur on the other side...).

Is this a concern with the larger diameter of the brake hose vs. the shift housing? I worry about it being pinched as the suspension cycles. Or maybe I should just suck it up and buy a longer brake hose and route it as intended.

Thoughts?
I believe you answered your question.... better to buck up and replace the hose.
 

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I believe you answered your question.... better to buck up and replace the hose.
That was my first inclination, but I was hoping somebody out there had routed the cable this way and could give their experience. I was hoping that since they purposely route the derailleur cable thru the other side, I could get away with it for the brake line.
 
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