Measure and match: With one side of your cockpit dialed in,
now it is time to mirror these adjustments on the opposite side.
Start by measuring the finished side’s brake perch from the edge
of the grip. Be sure to pick a common point to measure to on the
brake perch, as some may be tapered and can throw off your
measurement, has in the case with our SLX brakes. You can use
this same method for matching the shifters’ placement if they
aren’t right up against the brake levers like ours.
Our favorite app: Use an angle finder or an angle-finder app on a
smartphone to measure the rotation of the brake lever and match
the other side. If you don’t have an angle finder or a smartphone,
do your best by eyeballing this step and going by feel.
Be a copycat: Match the reach adjustment by measuring from
the edge of the bar to the tip of brake lever.
Thanks for the help: Shifter rotation can be a bit tricky to measure with a tool. This step often comes down to a sight adjustment and going by feel. Thankfully, our Bontrager bars came
with hash marks to match this angle on both sides.
Easy tiger: While in this wrench’s opposite orientation, we’d get
much more leverage; you don’t need to torque your control
perches to the moon. Tighten them down enough so they won’t
move on you while riding, but overtightening them will cause
them not to rotate in a crash, which can cause them to break
rather than simply move.
Why not? You’ve come this far. If your headset cap is as cool
as this one—okay, let’s get real, it’s not as cool as this one. If it
has a logo on it, straighten it so you can read it. The same goes
for headset spacers with logos; line them up to match each
other. Just a touch more “pro.” ;