1995 Kestrel 4000; 2013 True North Touring; 1989 Miele Tivoli; 1979 Colnago Sport
New Tektro RL340 Brake Levers
I'm bummed. I recently bought some Tektro R200 levers, and before I've even installed them, Tektro has replaced them with a new design! Does anyone know anything about them? I wonder if I should Ebay my still-unopened R200s and buy these.
It's hard to tell from the photos if there's a substantial design change anyway -- even the weight is the same. The price may well have changed due to other economic circumstances, a lot of bike gear bumped up in price earlier this year. Chances are it's just a small tweak to the shape.
I wouldn't sweat it, unless you really want all-black levers instead of black/silver.
'04 LeMond Buenos Aires, '82 Bianchi Nuova Racing, De Rosa SLX, Bridgestone MB-1, Guerciotti TSX, Torpado Aelle, LeMond Tourmalet 853, Bridgestone Radac
I've ordered some Tektro levers after finding out that they were the same as Cane Creek. One pair are R200s; exactly like Cane Creek SCR-5s without the flash.
Just last week I ordered a pair of RL340s on eBay for $15.00 new. I couldn't tell what the difference was online but that was what was available. When they arrived I thought the seller duped me and sent R200s. The back side of the levers even have R200 stamped on them. Once I held the new levers up to the R200s, I realized that the hood design is slightly different. They're "longer", resulting in a wider reach from the bar to the lever.