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Old 12-18-08, 08:52 PM   #1
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Small brake lever

I just want a little brake lever. What are the smallest and least obtrusive? I am just running a front brake.

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Old 12-18-08, 08:55 PM   #2
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paul e lever
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Old 12-18-08, 08:56 PM   #3
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I was going to suggest the goldfinger, but that paul lever looks much sweeter.
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Most all cross levers should fit that bill. Paul makes some nice ones.
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That is rad I want one.
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paul looks amazing... but costs fifty bucks.

goldfinger looks not as good but costs fifteen.

both will stop your bike.

I went with the goldfinger.
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The Paul lever is not hinged and it's too pricey for what you get.
The Goldfinger is the better lever, even if it were $30 more.
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It's tiny and basically for one finger braking. My Pauls.

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It's tiny and basically for one finger braking. My Pauls.

Yea... the Paul is pretty'er tho.
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there's the kinds for bullhorns. I wish I knew what to call those levers, but they look great and are pretty streamline. Looking for a lever myself.

Anyone else know what I'm talking about?
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there's the kinds for bullhorns. I wish I knew what to call those levers, but they look great and are pretty streamline. Looking for a lever myself.

Anyone else know what I'm talking about?
For the ends...


...or the flats?
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The ends. I guess just "bar end lever" or is it TT lever?
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I like the Paul and Goldfinger but, I don't know if they will fit? Here are my bars.



Crappy picture. They are racing team service 3ttt pista bars. Kind of a big diameter. Might be tough to find something that fits and is small?

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the ends. I guess just "bar end lever" or is it tt lever?
tt.
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^ or reverse pull.
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cool thanks.
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I like the Paul and Goldfinger but, I don't know if they will fit? Here are my bars.



Crappy picture. They are racing team service 3ttt pista bars. Kind of a big diameter. Might be tough to find something that fits and is small?
depends on the diameter of your bars. 25.4 / 26.0 / 26.4 / etc.
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depends on the diameter of your bars. 25.4 / 26.0 / 26.4 / etc.
Yeah, I gotta find out. Guess these come in different sizes.
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This is a Goldfinger 25.4, it comes with 22.2 shims and I used a half of the shim on the 3ttt pistas I had. I also fully wrapped those bars shortly after the photo.
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It's tiny and basically for one finger braking. My Pauls.
Well you own them... How are they for braking? Like the look and $50. isn't that bad considering you buy it and you are done for years and years.
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Dia Compe Gran Compe Shot Levers are pretty cool (and Ben's have the colored ones), but cost a bit more than the Paul.
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Well you own them... How are they for braking? Like the look and $50. isn't that bad considering you buy it and you are done for years and years.
It's great as a backup for brakeless riding. If you actually use the brakes, I would recommend something larger. It's not comfortable for extended braking. I wanted to get something beefier after snapping off a hinge in one of those CC cyclocross levers pictured above.
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I also fully wrapped those bars shortly after the photo.
Thank you, half wrapped bars make me sad.
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Thank you, half wrapped bars make me sad.
It was all I had kicking around until I made it to the store, better than nothing!
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