Bicycle Mechanics - Question about Tektro/Cane Creek Brake Levers - COMPACT version
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Considering new (non-STI) brake levers. Tektro and Cane Creek make a kind that looks good (the same unit, different brandkings), both in a normal length that Harris Cyclery says is good for people with big hands and a shorter, compact version. I'm a slightly-smaller-than-average male (5'8") and I think I might like the compact version. Anyone use these? How much smaller than the normal ones are they?
08-11-05, 06:48 AM
It was my impression that only the reach to the lever is smaller, not the hood or anything. I've never seen them in person though.
I have the cane creek (tektro) compacts...They are identical except for reach. The reach difference is only like 5mm or so. Even though I use size 9 gloves, I like the slight difference for breaking from the drops. If you didn't have the std side by side with the compact, you might miss the difference.
I don't know about the reach but they look great. They kind of a poor man's Campy lever. Does anyone know if the aluminum levers can fit into a Campy Ergo body.
I emailed Cane Creek and they told me this (yes, they actually responded, cool huh?):
"The SCR-5c have 5 mm less reach than the SCR-5. They have 7 or 8 mm less reach than a Dura Ace lever."
So it sounds like even the SCR-5s are smaller than Dura Aces by a few milimeterss.
Still, I have a hard time reaching my current levers in the drops, so maybe I'll try the compacts.
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