As pictured below;
I run my rear brake the most outboard - I pull this lever with my second finger.
My rear gear shifter is mounted between the two brake clamps - both up and down shifts are done with my thumb.
My front brake is inboard of the gear shifter clamp - I pull this with my first finger.
My remote for my Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper post is the most inboard clamp - I also use my thumb to operate this when required.
After my first proper technical night ride on the Bronson in the Garw Valley, South Wales with the Garw Valley MTB Lads, I realised I wasn't as comfortable as I would like when it comes to the steep and technical stuff. Sure the larger 650b, 27.5" wheels make things a bit more challenging on the really tech stuff but I think I just need to learn the different line choices required to compliment the larger wheel. That said, I still thought that I could benefit from the following tweaks to my set up:
- Tip bars back to give a better angle on the steep stuff.
- Change the shuttle bumper in my forks back up to 160mm to give a better ride height on the front for the steep stuff. This may have a penalty for climbing but I'm happy to compromise - I'm a downhiller at heart anyway!
- Change shifter from a Shimano M670 bar mounted shifter to a SL-M660-10R shifter fitted with a Trickstuff SRAM-Shimano Adapter on to a left handed Formula Mixmaster clamp. This has pulled the shifter out of my way of my thumb when I grip the bar in some positions.