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Old 05-06-18, 08:28 AM
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Road double brake lever question

I went to a charity bike sale and bought nothing. But, seeing some old road bikes with double brake levers made me think I wanted another bike like that. Canadian Tire has a road bike called the CCM Sutherland. I think it's very cool but it has disc brakes. Since it's kind of cheap, I know the brakes are very likely mechanical.
CCM Sutherland 700c Road Bike | Canadian Tire

I found some double brake levers at Niagaracycle from Sun Race.
https://www.niagaracycle.com/categor...ers-sl-pr-misc
So, does anyone know if the amount of cable pull on these brake levers would be compatible with mechanical disc brakes?

(By the way, I know some people will debate whether the bike is worth it. It's $600 Canadian dollars but $400 Canadian on sale. That's only $311 USD but it would only be a rain/winter bike with 700x35c studded tires in the winter.)
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Old 05-06-18, 08:56 AM
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Those levers have the nickname of suicide levers because if you needed to stop quickly you couldn't get enough leverage. This is especially true if they start to come a little loose, then some brake lever travel is just twisting.

You can get inline brakes, interrupters, that work quite well and allow you to stop as well as drop brakes.

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+1 ^^^. We used to just remove the suicide levers since they were near useless and just got in the way. The newer version in the link looks to be about the same and no better than the older versions. Cross/Interrupter levers example here. https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...s%20&%20Frames
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So, does anyone know if the amount of cable pull on these brake levers would be compatible with mechanical disc brakes?

i remember they weren't exactly compatible to old brakes, lol

ok if you're cruising with your hands on the flat, mild braking, but for emergencies?! forget about it
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Cable out the top, old style brake levers pull length falls in between road aero hidden cable short pull, and V brake levers long pull..

so neither , its a medium pull ..

aero road and top mount interrupter levers are a better effective brake if thinking disc, go road pull..
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Old 05-06-18, 09:45 AM
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Canadien winter go for straight bars and fit Pogies over them for warmer hands..

I like drum brakes (better than disc) brakes, which I have on my studded tire bike.. an old MTB.
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I got heaps of these levers lying around, still on scrap bikes too

this one is made by Shimano, looks like a better design with the extension lever attached to the main lever [might test them]

[if you're hell bent on using em, look for a quality set!]
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Cable out the top, old style brake levers pull length falls in between road aero hidden cable short pull, and V brake levers long pull..

so neither , its a medium pull ..

aero road and top mount interrupter levers are a better effective brake if thinking disc, go road pull..
OK, road pull. Thanks for the info. Actually, I didn't realize that old style was seen as dangerous. (I actually bought long pull cross levers for my touring bike which I intend to build this summer.)
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I would recommend Tektro RL720, or something like that.
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