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Freemotion

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The Midwest Mountain Engineering Claim: 

"It reduces clutch pull by 50% of the hydro unit"

Does it? Yes.

I went looking for ways to lighten my clutch due to the constant clutching and slipping I was doing practicing for Hard Enduro races. If you are familiar with the discipline, you know you are constantly clutching. I was noticing my left hand forefinger wearing out before I was done riding. My hands are small for a guy my height, as well. 

What I wanted

  • Nothing that added complexity (mechanism levers)
  • True one-finger operation
  • Shorty Lever
  • Durable to lay-downs 
  • Race quality 
  • Great looking & anodized 

The MME "Clever Lever" as they have named it, does all of that. The clutch is very noticeably lighter and there's more of a tactile, responsive-type clutch feeling. I purchased the levers at retail and think there is considerable value at their price point. 

The lever is T6 Billet aluminum, AMA sanctioned ends, and durable coating that hasn't scratched off for me yet. The advantage is brought in be a change in leverage from the stock lever. It still keeps the same exact range of motion as the stock lever, just becomes easier. The brake is less of an angle, by 15 degrees. 

Installation:

Here's where I think people misunderstand the lever. It needs to be adjusted and tuned to the bike's clutch after it's good and hot. Like 15-20 mins of riding, not idling where gears are static, riding. 

There are a few set screws to tune so the clutch is engaging and disengaging fully. The instructions that come with the lever make this very clear. 

Overall:

  • Great piece of kit and huge benefit for the cost ($80)
  • Strong and sturdy
  • Look great and are true shorty levers
  • Race tested, race approved 
  • Machined shape and beveled edges making the lever very comfortable to operate
  • Great training tool for perfecting clutching techniques without over-using hand and get more out of training
  • Made in USA

:thumbsup: 5/5 would buy again. 

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Sierra_rider

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Substantially reduces clutch lever pull. However does have some clutch drag and isn't a folding lever.

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OZ DRZ

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The Clever Levers from Midwest are getting a reputation for being a cost effective way to lighten your clutch action, and also allow one or two finger use of each lever so you can hold on to the bars better. 

 

We swapped the levers among several bikes so that we could get overall impressions from six riders. First, everyone agreed the clutch is noticeably lighter, especially when feathering the clutch. We measured the clutch pull required at the same spot on both levers and agreed the initial pull is about 50% easier. From the halfway mark to full disengaged it was about 30% easier, at least on the Beta RR300 when tested. The consensus was this could only be a good thing in terms of less fatigue for the clutch hand. 

 

The lever works on the basis of using more leverage, so generally you need to pull the lever all the way into the bars to disengage the clutch. This took some adjustment for everyone and there was some bike stalling until we adapted to the longer pull. Some felt this would be good in terms of finer clutch control, others weren't so keen but thought the lighter clutch action made it worthwhile. 

 

A big plus in our book is the lever encourages one finger clutch action, generally the ideal for technical dirt riding. Set up properly, there is no danger of crushing the lever against your other fingers against the bars. 

 

The wider lever felt comfortable for everyone, only rider questioned this as his gloves got wet then started to slip on the lever a bit. He felt it wasn't a big issue, but in the long run would consider roughing up the lever a little for more grip if it was an ongoing issue. 

 

Plenty of European bikes like Katos are known for their dragging clutches even when warmed up, the increased length of the clutch pull usually means a bit of adjustment of the lever to avoid clutch drag even when the lever is fully against the bars. 

 

 

The Midwest brake lever? As Midwest states, it has exactly the same action as the stock lever and is adjustable. The big advantage we saw was again that it encourages a one finger grip for better grip on the handlebars, or two fingers if you move the lever outward. With the possible exception of the guy with wet gloves, we all liked the thick lever again... the ergonomics are well thought out. 

 

our research on forums indicated that there is occasionally a rider who doesn't gel with the thicker levers but they usually just cut and file them down to a width they like, but the vast majority prefer the thick lever design. 

 

At around US$70 we feel the clutch lever is especially worthwhile if you'd like to lighten your clutch pull without forking out a lot of money, then if you like the ergonomics of it consider getting the matching brake lever as well. And of course if you are one of the very small minority who wind up not liking it, it simply becomes a spare lever in your kit if you break the stock lever. 

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DoodleWoods

  

Fantastic clutch lever, really works as advertised. Reduces the force required to pull the clutch by a significant margin. Went from four finger clutch work to just two with minimal time getting used to it. Nice build quality, an ergonomic design, and good price are icing on the cake. Highly recommend the brake lever as well. Very nice to be able to use two finger clutch and braking without having your other fingers in the way.

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TigerTanker

  

I got the clutch lever. I had the trouble of a lifetime trying to get it properly installed. There is very poor instructions, and no youtube video about how to properly install or adjust.

 

I had a trip cut one day short because this interfered with the operation of the clutch. I spent nearly 100 on the lever, and then at least 100 more on repair/mechanic to figure out what was going wrong with my bike.   

 

I'm sure that this thing technically is awesome, but hey, you have to be able to explain with good clear concise directions on how to install! 

 

I finally took it off, and put back the levers I had before...

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