Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The 'Wack, BC, Canada
Bikes: Norco (2), Miyata, Canondale, Soma, Redline
Switching the single pivots on my two older bikes over to long reach dual pivots was one of THE BEST upgrades I ever did. And no you don't need to replace the levers or even the cables and housings if they are in decent shape.
Tektro is one of the few makers that produces a wide variety of longer reach dual pivot calipers. And the Tektros are what I went with. The ones I got had the pads that came with holders and replaceable shoes. I soon found that the Tektro pads were the same junk that Shimano likes to use and that with heavier riders quickly galls the rims and picks up balls of aluminium from the rim that stick in the pad and quickly begin to ruin the rim. One day with one set was enough to hear and see this beginning. I stopped riding that bike (had roughly 5 or 6 bikes in the fleet at the time
) until I received some Koolstop salmon shoes to slip into the holders. Never looked back. When I got the second set shortly after I ordered up about 3 sets of Koolstop replacement shoes so I'd have spares and swapped the shoes out before the bike turned so much as an inch with the new brakes.
Aside from the pad issue the mechanical aspects of these calipers was excellent and I highly recomend them. It turns white knuckle stops into easy medium pressure stops. A nice change when you ride and brake from the hoods almost all of the time like I do.