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Old 10-10-07, 06:51 PM   #1
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Tektro RL520 v-brake levers?

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I'm wondering if anybody has tried out the new Tektro RL520 aero brake lever for v-brakes. I really want to replace my Dia-Compe 287V's, which have always felt terrible - not at all "snappy" with tons of cable friction. Ripping out the stupid internal 'noodles' helped quite a bit... but I'm still not very happy and those all black Tektros are sexy...

any experiences?
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Old 10-10-07, 06:54 PM   #2
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Nope, saw them online for the first time today. They look nicer. I saw on Interbike coverage that Cane Creek will have a version soon!
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Old 10-10-07, 10:51 PM   #3
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I thought Cane Creek was nothing but rebadged Tektro.
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Old 10-11-07, 06:04 AM   #4
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I've been wondering how long it would be before tektro/cane creek made a comfy v-brake lever. I'll probably give them a try. I can deal with cantis for cross season but keeping them quiet and powerful the rest of the year is a chore.
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Old 10-13-07, 04:08 PM   #5
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The Cane Creek is the Tektro lever with atmo better finish. Gum hoods!
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Old 10-27-07, 03:41 AM   #6
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Hi just looking at levers etc, dia compe, not sounding too good from what I've read so far, I'm running v brakes on the front with a travel agent and soma levers, and just put on froglegs on the rear, with soma lever not so good, any suggestions?
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Old 05-18-09, 12:19 PM   #7
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I just replace the Dia-Compe 287-V levers on my CX bike with the newer Tektro RL-520 levers. Overall, I like the Tektro levers quite a bit more than the Dia-Compes: the hoods are fatter/taller and nicer to grab onto; the levers are much better -- their spooned/curved shape offers improved braking from the hoods and the extra length and width works better from the drops; and of course no stupid metal noodles! The downsides to the 520s are: you need a REALLY long 5mm hex wrench to fit down inside the bodies to tighten them onto the handlebars; the bodies are made of plastic, not metal, and the notch for the cable could be shaped a bit better -- my desired lever position caused an additional curve in the cable due to this that increases friction slightly. Overall, though -- especially given the fact that the Tektros are half the cost of the DCs -- I like the Tektros MUCH better!
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Old 05-19-09, 05:39 PM   #8
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+1 ^^

RL-520s are superior to 287V's in braking performance, ease of installation (those noodles suck), and comfort. I don't know why you'd buy 287v's now, unless you had very small hands.
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