Making Ultegra STI levers feel better?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Chance3290, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. Chance3290

    Chance3290 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2004
    Messages:
    621
    Likes Received:
    0
    A while ago, someone posted an article and photo showing Ivan Basso's (I think it was Basso) levers. I think it said that he put pieces of tire under the rubber to make the grips feel better around the webbing of his hands.
    Does anyone remember this and/or still have the article/photo?
    Or, am I just hearing 'the voices' again?
     
    Tags:


  2. artmichalek

    artmichalek New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    Messages:
    2,010
    Likes Received:
    0
    It was Iban Mayo, and the picture was at www.cyclingnews.com somewhere in the coverage of last year's TdF
     
  3. Chance3290

    Chance3290 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2004
    Messages:
    621
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thank you sir. It was velonews, but you got me close enought to find it.

    I was re-taping last night and thought about doing that, but I wanted to recheck that photo. I may give that a try tonight. I mean, its Friday night, and I have nothing else to do but re-tape my handlebars...I need a life.:(
     
  4. chemcycle

    chemcycle New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2004
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
  5. RC2

    RC2 New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2004
    Messages:
    905
    Likes Received:
    1
    This is fairly common for folks with larger hands. I have biggish hands and have always put a few layers of a ripped up towel and an extra layer of bartape under my STI hoods. It feels better grip-wise, and gives some extra cushion/vibration damping for comfort on long rides.

    (You can easily experiment with how much you want just by pulling back the hoods and putting some material over the tape...so it stays put though I always put it under the tape.)
     
  6. RBS

    RBS New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2003
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    0
    i also have older ultegra 9sp sti's and from day one they've always felt uncomfortable. i build up under the hoods with extra layers of old cork tape. seems to help. i think the shape of the hoods has changed over the years because i tried to replace the hoods with newer rubber hoods and they didn't fit at all. i guess shimano has been tinkering with the geometry of the shifters.

    later

    bob


     
Loading...
Loading...