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Old 08-25-12, 08:11 AM   #1
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Origin 8 "classique" brake levers?

Has anyone been looking for these lately, and if so have you found them anywhere? They were in the J&B catalog and I tried to order them, but they were out of stock. I started searching, and I can't even find an image of them installed on a bike, much less for sale on any websites? Do these actually exist other than on the origin8 website? They're modern yes, but not quite as obnoxious as the TRP offering.,,,,BD

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What is obnoxious about the TRP levers? If J&B is out of stock then I guess you're stuck for now.
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Someone posted about them when they were first released, and it was nearly a 80/20 split against them.(My guesstimate) I liked them at first, until I saw them on a bike. Way too huge, and oddly shaped. They did not get a very good reception here, is all I was saying.,,,,BD
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JBI has 50 in IN and 28 in CA...???

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Has anyone been looking for these lately, and if so have you found them anywhere? They were in the J&B catalog and I tried to order them, but they were out of stock. I started searching, and I can't even find an image of them installed on a bike, much less for sale on any websites? Do these actually exist other than on the origin8 website? They're modern yes, but not quite as obnoxious as the TRP offering.,,,,BD

http://www.origin-8.com/?page_id=91&...1=BRAKE+LEVERS
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Well, apparently they neglected to contact me once they were in stock, which they suggested they could do. Oh well, I will order them later.,,,,BD
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Interesting, they look like a Tektro RL340 (which are becoming my favorites.) How does the price compare to the TRP lever?
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$19.99 wholesale...probably $30 retail/internet.

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Interesting, they look like a Tektro RL340 (which are becoming my favorites.) How does the price compare to the TRP lever?
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$19.99 wholesale...probably $30 retail/internet.
Spot on. http://www.amazon.com/Origin8-Classi...origin+8+lever
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If you get them, post some pics once you have them mounted so we can see how they look.
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So, did you ever get these? I was looking into them as an option for a build I'd thought about trying.
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After seeing the TRP, that's what I ordered. Huge or not, the quality and appearance is far beyond the Origin 8's. I have yet to put them on anything though. I have them on a set of bars, with a stem, and cross levers. I think a drop bar mountain bike would be a perfect application.,,,,BD
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I had been thinking about the TRPs, but these were like half the price, so I got hopeful that they might be worthwhile. I also found some gum hoods that could go on the old cane creek levers that I have that are the same shape as the TRPs (minus the faux drillium), so I might use those. I also liked the brown of the origin8 ones better as I'd been planning on using a brown leather saddle, but might go honey brown and can get the color of tape whatever color I want since I'm going with cotton tape and amber shellac.
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Cane Creek/Tektro are completely different design than the TRP levers, even though they're made by the same company. Yellow or white cotton wrap and amber shellac will match best with a honey Brooks. It will need about 5-6 coats to get the match really close though.,,,,BD
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So has anyone ever used the Origin8 Classiques? I took a dive on my brown/gold Raleigh Super Course and tore up the generic brake hood (among other things). The Classiques would fit well with the dark brown Brooks saddle and bar tape (which also has to be replaced ). They'd be paired with side pull Dia-Compe caliper brakes.
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So has anyone ever used the Origin8 Classiques? I took a dive on my brown/gold Raleigh Super Course and tore up the generic brake hood (among other things). The Classiques would fit well with the dark brown Brooks saddle and bar tape (which also has to be replaced ). They'd be paired with side pull Dia-Compe caliper brakes.
Own them, yes. Tried them, not yet. The build I bought them for keeps moving to the back of the queue.
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I've got a pair on my old Colnago, connected to old Universal side-pull brake callipers.

They are looking a little more worn now. I like the levers.

One thing, they have LOTS of cable pull. That may be good as I think some of the older brakes take just a little more pull than at least some of the modern levers such as the Blaze which are quite small.

And, unfortunately, I lost my cable adjusters which used to be at the levers, and not at the brakes.

The hinge pin will move about 1/8" or so, but doesn't seem to be able to fall out.


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i almost got some of these, have their quill stem and its greater than great, and nice price. Also more pics of the colnago, that thing is sexy!
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I found a pair of Tektro R200s in the parts bin. I think I'll try those and see how they work before investing in the Origin8s. I hope the Tektros work okay with the side-pull Dia-Compes.
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I realize this is a revival of an old thread, but I have Origin8 Classique levers on 2 bikes now. They're obviously made by Tektro and very nice. I'd recommend them for any retro build.
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Thanks for the feedback. Even though I found the R200s, I may get the Origin8s simply because the brown hoods will go with the color theme of my bike, which is a very dark brown with gold headtube, and dark brown Brooks saddle and bar tape.

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I'd originally gotten the cane creek covers that could go over the tektros, but those are more gum and a better match for honey saddle, which is why I went with the origin8 ones as well. I think there were some TRP ones that were also dark brown, but they cost like 3x as much.
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Another model to consider are the TRP RRL levers which now come in plain, drilled, and Carbon Fiber.

And now with a couple of hood and body colors.
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I was able to salvage the derailleur! The cage was bent, I just bent it back I eye-balled it; it looks pretty straight. I adjusted it on the bike stand, will take it out for a test ride maybe in the morning (if my shoulder cooperates). I will probably still get the Classique levers and of course new Brooks tape.
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