Triathlon - What's the difference between these TT/tri brake levers?
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02-26-11, 12:00 PM
I want to use them on 3T Mistral handlebars with probably (not decided yet) Tektro calipers.
Are the two Shimano ones like DA and Ultegra spec?
How would the 3T ones compare in quality to either of the Shimano ones?
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THeres a few considerations when it comes to brake levers:
1. Return Spring - makes the return and feel much better, also good for the somewhat more sluggish routing on TT bikes. Also all brakes have one now
2. Size - the smaller and skinnier the brake lever, the more aerodynamic it most likely is. The 3T is really good in this respect
3. Cable routing - some attach to the internal cable, some have attachment outside the bar that you must then run inside the bar.
4. Attachment mechanism - the DA ones are like many in that they attach with an expanding plug. The 3T is more unique in it's attachment method, its a pinch system.
The DA79 seem outrageously priced to me. The DA78 got good reviews for being a compromise of aerodynamics, weight and good lever feel. The 3T to me are one of the best out there from an aerodynamic and weight perspective.
If I ever replace the Bontrager levers on my bike, I'd probably go with the 3T myself.
A good option that may be easy to overlook is the Tektro Rx5.0.
02-26-11, 01:26 PM
anything shimano is good....Cost = Higher zoot.....As always if ya have the $$ buy the best otherwise they all work.
02-26-11, 02:56 PM
I have a set of Cane Creek 200TT carbons that I picked up on fleabay for $25. Very nice.
Those Cane Creek's are the exact same as the Tektro RX5.0 I recommended. And I agree, good levers. But very good for the price.
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