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...
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.
Bianchi hard tail, Soma Cyclocross, 1940's track bike fixed, street fixed, single speed cross
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?
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!