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Old 11-08-12, 05:33 PM   #1
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Which Brake Lever?

I'm upgrading my custom build LHT. I'm switching out the v brakes with some Paul touring cantis, which begs the question, what brake lever should I use? I've narrowed it down some.

-Tektro RL340 - would work for my purposes, but i don't totally love the hood shape. And blah.

-Cane Creek SCR-5 - They feel too blocky to me, and i've seen the hood break on one before.

-Sram S500 - I'm assuming these have the same shape as all other sram hoods. I have only rode sram a few times, but I thought they were kind of blocky. Would these be too fragile during a long tour?

-TRP RRL - I think I like these the most. THey look like campy hoods to me, which is my preferred brand. Again, are these too fragile during a tour?


Any advise would be helpful. There are probably more options also. If you know of any, let me know! Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-08-12, 06:19 PM   #2
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Shimano BR400 or BR600. Half the price of the TRPs you mention. Depends on which hood design you prefer most. The TRPs do have campy-style hoods.
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Old 11-08-12, 06:45 PM   #3
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Honestly you cant go wrong with the Tekros. I wasn't wild about the shape at first but its acceptable with gloves on. I have toured many a mile on these things and they have held up very well. I have the 400 series on my Fargo and they are comfortable also.
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Old 11-08-12, 11:49 PM   #4
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those shimano levers tear my hands up. I'll probably try to grab the trps used or just but the tektros. Thanks for the help.
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Maybe used campag , remove the brifter mech.
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Keeping the price down on my current build was really not the point, but I didn't really find levers with better reviews than the Tektro 340. I also run Paul's, the NRs, I'd spend for some levers that were the equal of the brakes, say 100% machined by Paul but nobody really makes anything nice, so I hope the Tektros will be OK.
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