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Tektro RL340, 200, 100a, aero levers

Old 09-29-18, 03:52 PM
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Tektro RL340, 200, 100a, aero levers

I have used R200 levers forever and love them.
I then found the R100a. This is the same lever with a shorter reach and these are even better.

I acquired a set of r200 levers but the bodies are not r200. They are the longer bodies like the RL340 levers and they are awesome. Best aero lever i have tried so far. I want more of these for my other bikes.

Here is the strange part. I cant find any r200 levers with this longer body anywhere. I am not sure where they stamp the model on these but under the lever handle where r200 is stamped i could swear i see r200L (perhapsL for long).

Anyway....the bodies are the exact same as the RL340s but i hate the RL340s with a passion because of the stupid flair they have in the lever handle. It looks like garbage and the bend makes no sense ergonomically. It gets in the way.

Does anyone know of a tektro lever model that uses the rl340 body but had the r200 lever handles?
I wonder if i got some strange short run of levers here? I really wish i could find more of them.

I dont think it is possible to disassemble the levers to get the handles out or i would just swap my r200 lever handles into a pair of rl340 lever bodies.
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So you found levers with the body of the 340 (longer, more up-angled) but without the flare of the lever? I wonder if they were mis-matched at the factory, or if someone else had combined parts from the two levers.
The pivot is actually loose on most Tektro brake levers I've used (and I have the 200 and 340 on multiple bikes apiece). I frequently grasp both sides of the pin between my thumb and forefinger while riding, to make sure it is centered and not creeping out to one side or the other.
I suspect you could swap the lever and bodies, although there might be other incompatibilities.

There is one other possibility. You may have encountered Tektro's v-brake (linear-pull) lever, which has a body more like the 340 but with less flare to the lever itself.
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Originally Posted by TallRider View Post
So you found levers with the body of the 340 (longer, more up-angled) but without the flare of the lever? I wonder if they were mis-matched at the factory, or if someone else had combined parts from the two levers.f.
yup. 100%. I have been trying to figure out what these are. It makes no sense. I got the levers second hand. They are fantastic.

You are right. The pivot is loose left to right but they wont push through. I cant tell what holds them in place but they do move a few mm in each direction. I am too afraid to force the pins out for fear that i will ruin the levers.

I sure wish i could figure out how i got the 340 bodies with the 200 handle blades on this one set so i could do it to all my sets.

I hate the flair of the 340. It makes no sense.
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You can absolutely push the pins through. The first time will be a pain because you have to figure a way to attach the return spring when you are done. Also make sure that you don't lose the bushings or the fit will be loose. Use a 4mm Allen key to push the pin through. You may also need to move the cable stop barrel.

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