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Setting up the RX for XC racing and singletrack carving means a low, narrow flat bar and a stretched out position. The problem is that this position places the brake levers in a precarious relationship to the top tube. If by some chance I pull a self induced T-bone and launch over the bars I run the risk of having the brake levers smash the top tube. I've seen many a frame ruined by this. If I add headset spacers to the steerer tube to get the bar high enough it defeats the purpose of a lower front end. Does anyone have an idea about how to make a bash guard to protect the top tube? I was thinking about fabricating one out of some PVC pipe and an old inner tube and slipping it over the tube. It'll look lame but it will work. Any ideas?
 

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toothpuller said:
Setting up the RX for XC racing and singletrack carving means a low, narrow flat bar and a stretched out position. The problem is that this position places the brake levers in a precarious relationship to the top tube. If by some chance I pull a self induced T-bone and launch over the bars I run the risk of having the brake levers smash the top tube. I've seen many a frame ruined by this. If I add headset spacers to the steerer tube to get the bar high enough it defeats the purpose of a lower front end. Does anyone have an idea about how to make a bash guard to protect the top tube? I was thinking about fabricating one out of some PVC pipe and an old inner tube and slipping it over the tube. It'll look lame but it will work. Any ideas?
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Dont bolt on the shifter and lever on too tight so that they give before the top tube does. That is what I do and it works. You'll need to loctite the bolts to prevent them from backing out.
 

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Dont bolt on the shifter and lever on too tight so that they give before the top tube does. That is what I do and it works. You'll need to loctite the bolts to prevent them from backing out.
I agree with heatstroke. Definitely don't overtighten brake lever clamps. Usually the lever will spin on the bars before it causes any damage to the lever or frame.

I guess you could always just not crash and it should be fine.
 

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I thought it might help with wandering while climbing. No?
Yes, it did help a bit with climbing. I just found that if I turned it up to where it worked, it threw off my timing in techy situations. If I turned it down, it did barely anything. Overall, not worth it in my book.
 
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