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    Cross levers

    Or if you prefer, interrupter levers.

    Everybody seems to have the tektros, which are,.. OK. Has anyone got a recommendation for something a little better? Without the sort of price that speaks of weight wienie madness. it's just that the tektos don't, feel, particularly nice to use. Maybe it's psychological, but like to feel a smooth action to braking components.

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    I have the Tektros but that doesnt really answer your question

    The other one's that I've seen are Paul Cross, but you're going to pay the difference.

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    I've found a nice price on some Salsa ones, anyone try them? They have a delrin bearing, and that's where I think the grinding feeling is coming from on the tektros.

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    I have paul comp E levers which are the ones that can be used with short, or long pull brakes. They are very nice.

    No springs in them though, so the return action is almost all from the brake itself, which is great for the front, but a little slower from the rear. Great craftsmanship though.
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    mine are also not sprung but I've never had them hang up. Also never really felt any grinding. I have them on my drop bar mtb, I do most of my riding on the cross (as opposed to the hoods) so the cross levers get the most action. I dont have 1,000,000 miles on them by any stretch but they serve me well.

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    I also have pretty basic brakes on mine, so that might be why my rear isn't as springy, Might also be because I have them mounted a little funny.
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    I have Tektro interrupter levers on one bike and Salsa Halter Tops on another. The feel of the lever in the hand and the braking action are so much nicer with the Halter Tops. I imagine the parallel push mechanism has a greater effect on the smooth action than does the delrin bushing. Whatever it is, it works....and it works very nicely. You won't have the incorporated barrel adjuster with the Salsas, so you'll need to plan for that.

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    Don't know, coldfeet. I can only mention that I have a Salsa seatpost, and it is the sweetest, most adjustable thing on the market. Maybe the rest of their stuff is up to the same standard.
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