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Old 04-10-10, 04:27 PM   #1
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Similar to Paul E-Lever?

I'm building my first fixed gear, and I just installed a set of Nitto rb-018s on it. I want to put a lever brake on it, but I don't want it to look big and bulky.
Paul components makes this E-Lever (picture below) and it's perfect for what I'm looking for, but I need something to fit on the bulky part if the horns near the stem where it is 26 mm.
Does anyone know of a lever similar to the E-lever that will fit 26 mm?
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Old 04-10-10, 04:33 PM   #2
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Paul's cross lever comes in different sizes.
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Old 04-10-10, 04:35 PM   #3
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There's a weird older roadie dude who trains on a fixed-gear that comes into the shop where I work who had a machine shop slightly bore out the inside of a Paul lever to accommodate his 26mm bars. It may be going slightly overboard just to use a certain lever but it can be done.
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Paul's cross lever comes in different sizes.
yeah I saw that -- but I'm really going for the tiny-lever aesthetic.
I've never seen the cross lever in person, but I feel like they are going to be noticeably bulkier than the e-lever
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There's a weird older roadie dude who trains on a fixed-gear that comes into the shop where I work who had a machine shop slightly bore out the inside of a Paul lever to accommodate his 26mm bars. It may be going slightly overboard just to use a certain lever but it can be done.
bore it out? how so?
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I have no idea but I'll ask him next time I see him (he comes in a few times a week). I saw it right after he had it done and it just looks like he had a machine shop shave off some metal on the inside, thus widening the inner diameter.
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I have no idea but I'll ask him next time I see him (he comes in a few times a week). I saw it right after he had it done and it just looks like he had a machine shop shave off some metal on the inside, thus widening the inner diameter.
appreciate it
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that is the worst and most overpriced brake lever ever. don't buy it. it sucks.

EDIT: I guess I should explain myself. Problems with this brake lever:

1. no hinge, so you have to slide it around your bars to get it on. This can be a pain if you swap bars or w/e.
2. No leverage. This lever is weak as hell
3. Price
4. Finish scratches easily. Mine has a black anodized part that scratched to hell pretty quickly.

This is the second most worthless piece of bike equipment I have ever bought. The worst is my road bike (Fuji Team carbon fiber), which at $1000 brand new was still about $500 too much. Sorry, I just got done with a 40 mile training ride with my bike creaking the whole way and am pissed off.

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I was trying to keep my opinion out of it but after reading ATX's post, I'm adding that I pretty much agree with all four things he pointed out.

IMO, it's definitely not worth it. Give me a Tektro cross-lever any day.
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agree except for the paul lever leverage is adequate.
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gios 925 4..jpg I used a drill and a grinder attachment to ream out a tektro cross lever bracket and it works fine to this day

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I have a Diatech Goldfinger on my RB21s.. it's bulkier but I don't think it looks bad.
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thanks for the input.

has anyone had experience with the paul cross-lever?
it's hinged so i don't need to slide it around the bars, right?
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I have a Diatech Goldfinger on my RB21s.. it's bulkier but I don't think it looks bad.
is there any way you could post a pic?
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uuughhh!
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thanks for the input.

has anyone had experience with the paul cross-lever?
it's hinged so i don't need to slide it around the bars, right?
Mine isn't hinged, works fine. I have no thoughts on its look, I only bought it as it works with v-brakes.
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tektro RL levers are better
http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...1&currency=USD
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1. no hinge, so you have to slide it around your bars to get it on. This can be a pain if you swap bars or w/e.
2. No leverage. This lever is weak as hell
3. Price
4. Finish scratches easily. Mine has a black anodized part that scratched to hell pretty quickly.
++++1 Yeah those short levers are the worst. I rode one of my buddies bikes with the goldfinger or paul (im not sure) and they really impair the braking. They seem like a blatant example of fashion over function. Get tektro, cheap and flawless.
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I've never had a problem. But I use two fingers on my goldfinger. I don't feel like posting a pic either.
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DiaCompe Shot Lever

25.4mm, but will work fine with 26. I had it on a nitto bar for awhile.
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I've heard folks complain (and seen on their bike) that the Tektros are prone to losing the fulcrum pin. Y'all ever seen that?
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actually yes, had to get a new nut and bolt for it... though i recently got a gold finger on the cheep and was regretting it until i switched brakes. now it works like a dream with only 1 finger...
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No need to ream out the Tektro lever. They make them for 26 bars (the 576 and the 726 I think are the model numbers). I just bought two sets for two different builds, didn't pay over 20 shipped, and they work like butter.
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