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Removing the springs in Tektro road levers

Old 11-09-18, 04:09 PM
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Removing the springs in Tektro road levers

Specifically V-brake road levers. I would like to remove those springs to reduce required brake squeeze as much as possible. The calipers I use with them have plenty of spring power to return the cable. I do not need redundancy. I use V-brake levers for both the wonderful, huge hoods that my hands love and the reduced braking power to better suit braking hard going into unknown corners where traction and predictability are far more important than sheer power (plus I have both large hands and adrenaline working for me and am always in the drops doing this).

So, how do I access and remove those springs? Can this be done non-destructively?

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Old 11-09-18, 05:05 PM
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It's easy. Just push the lever's pivot pin out, pull the lever away from the body, remove the coiled spring from the lever, reinstall the lever and replace the pivot pin. The pivot pin has a plastic bushing at each end and one in the center so don't loose them. Nothing difficult or destructive.

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Old 11-09-18, 06:10 PM
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If you don't care about the spring, you can literally just cut it, too. No disassembly required.
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I just stumbled on a pair of Tektros that I took off in favor of the V-brake ones. Gambled I could push the pin out, Easy. (A large nail setter and a light hammer work very well.) Spring dropped right out. I'll do my V-brake levers when cable replacements are needed.

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Ben I, too, like a firm lever feel in my brakes and have little issues with enough stopping ability, surface dependent. But I do like the snappy feel of spring loaded levers, especially with the long reach dual pivot Shimano calipers some of my bikes have. To each his own.

I had to read your OP a couple of times to figure out you have long pull levers with a short pull caliper. Interesting set up. Andy
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