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Old 12-31-11, 02:32 PM   #1
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Opinions/experience with Shimano BL-R600 brake levers?

I'm building up a bike with Shimano 600 dual-pivot brakes and need some levers. I have a chance to pick up a pair of BL-R600 levers on the cheap ($20), and the prices for the tri-color stuff seem a bit nutso lately. More concerned with perfomance than having all parts of the group match.

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Old 12-31-11, 02:35 PM   #2
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That's a good price too they are $100 on ebay
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I run a pair on a SS road bike. They work very well, and appear to be built to a high standard. They're shaped like classic aero levers, but not the knife thin ones. I think they're quite similar to the original 600 stuff so they're comfy to ride on the hoods, unlike some of the other early aero levers.

My right one rattles a bit, but that's 'cause I drunkenly crashed it into the ground. I bet I'll be able to sort it out one day...

edit: At $20 they'll beat virtually anything else out there. Get 'em.
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Old 12-31-11, 05:59 PM   #4
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They are quite well built that's true but they did not work for me as I found them too thin to be comfortable in my hands. So I went for the cheaper Tektro R200 (blasphemy) and the Sram S500 (double blasphemy)!!
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I'd get them. If they don't work out, you can sell them and easily recoup your investment.
If they have any more at that price, let me know...
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I'm building up a bike with Shimano 600 dual-pivot brakes and need some levers. I have a chance to pick up a pair of BL-R600 levers on the cheap ($20), and the prices for the tri-color stuff seem a bit nutso lately. More concerned with perfomance than having all parts of the group match.


I'd snap those right up at that price.

I have a project coming up that those would look good on.

They fit my hands quite well, if I recall.

I'd take some as well if there is a bulk buy opportunity!
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I'm using them on my NOS Miyata Team, a 1992 edition with Dura Ace 7700 calipers. They work exceptionally well, and the hoods can be ridden quite comfortably. I am more fond of the Dura Ace 7402 levers' appearance, but getting a pair in NOS condition was a good bit more expensive than the $65 or so that I paid for the brand new BL-R600's.
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I've had good luck with the lower, 400 model, so you should be in good shape. I say go for it.
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"More concerned with perfomance than having all parts of the group match." --thinktubes

IME performance is a little bit better when the Shimano brake levers are matched with Shimano dual pivot calipers.

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The R600's are hideously overpriced reissues of the Shimano RX-100 BL-A550. Also virtually identical to the R600 - but with different finishes - are the BL-1055 (105), BL-A500 (Exage 500EX), and BL-6403 (600).

Even the R400's are overpriced, but cheaper than the R600's - if you must have a newer set: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-Tiag...item3a66d84ebf

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Thanks for the replies guys. Sorry, no group buy on these - a friend of a friend has a pair he wants to get rid of. They have a few scratches, but are in great shape otherwise.

I too am perplexed by the prices of the current crop of Shimano brake levers. I would hold out for some vintage 600 tri-color, but the prices seem pretty steep for pairs that don't have condition issues. I'm a little wary about buying the older levers since the hoods are starting to turn to goo on some of my older pairs.
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I have a couple nice pairs of tricolor brake levers for sale- do you want black or white hoods? They're in nice shape and I was looking for $40 plus shipping per pair...
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They all perform the same. Buy the pair with the finish you prefer.
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