monty dog wrote:
Side pull brakes are designed for a lefthand front lever...it means I have a nice, single curve to the caliper rather than a convoluted S-bend. Better solution for when you have short stem or headtube and concealed cables.
The frame and brakes dictate how the cables are run imo for the smoothest cable run.
The one that gets me is STI's which sometime have a very tight curve at the headtube. After working on quite a few bikes I noticed that Specialized bikes cross over under the downtube to maintain a smooth run. I have since started doing this too, unless the build dictates that I shouldn't....I sound like a bike whisperer