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rms13 02-26-14 01:20 PM

Tektro RL520 levers with caliper brakes?
 
I have a pair of RL520 sitting around that I bought a while back. I installed them on my fixed gear bike which has a single caliper brake in front. I noticed the pull felt weird and then I looked at the Tektro site and it says:

Linear Pull Brake Lever System

Is there a way to get these to work well with the caliper brake or should I just buy new levers?

noglider 02-26-14 01:25 PM

Buy new levers.

rms13 02-26-14 01:27 PM

I also have a pair of RL340. They came off a Cross Check with canti brakes but it says they are short pull

http://www.jensonusa.com/Brake-Lever...o-Brake-Levers


Will those work?

zacster 02-26-14 01:31 PM

Yes.

Tim_Iowa 02-26-14 01:33 PM

+1 Buy--or exchange these for--proper levers. Tektro RL340 are the proper ones for caliper/cantilever brakes.

Travel Agents are doohickeys to use standard pull levers with linear pull brakes. But that's the opposite of the problem you're having, so just go get the right levers.

rms13 02-26-14 01:50 PM

Thanks. Well if the 340s will work I will just swap those since I have them in my parts box

TallRider 02-26-14 04:28 PM

even if you had to get them new, the RL340 levers are only $25

Wilfred Laurier 02-26-14 08:26 PM

travel agent style pull adjusters can be installed backwards
to make a linear pull lever work with canti or caliper brakes

but unless you have a set of travel agents lying around
you might as well buy a set of the correct levers instead of the travel agents

HillRider 02-26-14 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier (Post 16530803)
travel agent style pull adjusters can be installed backwards to make a linear pull lever work with canti or caliper brakes

Are you sure of this? A while ago I looked at Travel Agents with just such a use in mind and concluded the pulley and cable run could not be reversed to work properly.

Wilfred Laurier 02-26-14 09:29 PM

you dont need to reverse anything on the actual mechanism
iirc
you just route the cable through form the opposite end

and you can mount it in the barrel adjuster of the brake lever
instead of down at the brake


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