Shovel Research’s Beautiful FMBCH Might Just Make You Nostalgic for Cantis

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    Looking for well-thought-out cable hanging solutions for your touring, cyclocross, or any of your other bikes using cantilever brakes? I think Portland, Oregon’s genius tinkerer, Shovel Research has a pretty neat and clean solution for you. The FMBCH (Fork Mounted Brake Cable Hanger) is so appealing, that if you don’t have a bike to use this on, you may be compelled to get one.

    (Photo/Shovel Research)

    Sal started Shovel Research around this time back in 2022, saying that it’s a long way to say “dig”…as in yeah, I dig it. And I “dig” what they’re doing there. The Project is a “night n’ weekends, owner-operated business, that focuses on making, skill acquisition, and sharing joy”. See, what’s there not to dig?

    Shovel Research’s FMBCH

    Shovel Research FMBCH gold, silver and black

    This fork-mounted cable hanger is not like others on the market. It has enough height to properly set up wide profile cantis, like say for a cyclo-cross or touring bike. If there is a substantial distance from the headset to the cable carrier, the FMBCH will offer a much more rigid hanger solution.

    Bikes with shorter headtubes could benefit from using the FMBCH to simplify the cable routing eliminating that tight turn at the headtube. Sal says “For everyone, the FMBCH minimizes cable rub when you are using a front bag” And, I say “If you aren’t using a front bag, what’s wrong with you?”

    Sal has drilled “speed holes” for you, as well as a “slot for lightness”. These are CNC’d by Sal, up in the good ol’ PNW… Portland, Oregon.

    Shovel Research FMBCH logo underneath
    Laser-etched Shovel Research logo underneath

    FMBCH Features and Retail

    Retail: $69 (includes: brass adjuster and stainless spring, 3ea. M6 bolts (40, 50, and 60mm) M6 nylok nut. Some applications may require a recessed nut, which you can get here.

    Colors: Black, Silver, and Gold

    • Material: 6061-T6 aluminum
    • Weight: 23g (28g with brass adjuster)
    • Finish: anodized (black, silver, or gold)
    • Logo lasered on the underside

    There are a lot of really neat solutions provided by Shovel Research, so hop over to the website (link below) to take a gander.

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