Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Tektro RL-520 hood replacement

Notices
Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Tektro RL-520 hood replacement

Old 08-30-22, 03:56 AM
  #1  
TheCharm 
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Alexandria VA
Posts: 65

Bikes: 2015 Surly Disc Trucker & 2011 Trek 7.3fx

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 11 Posts
Tektro RL-520 hood replacement

Hi all. I'm planning some maintenance coming up soon. I had been thinking I should replace my Tektro RL520 long pull brake levers (not brifters, brake only) on my Surly Disc Trucker.

As it turns out, the hoods are the only beat up part (like high use areas worn thin flimsy) and the levers themselves, while scratched up and well-worn, work fine. I'm trying to make good decisions and not spend where I don't need to and I noted that Tektro offers a hood replacement for the RL520. I can't visualize how the old ones come off and the new goes on. Does anyone have any familiarity with this? I've had my existing levers off to change handlebars and other maintenance, and it's not been apparent to me the hoods can be separated from the levers. Is this an easy task, or am I better off just replacing the whole unit?

Thank you!
TheCharm is offline  
Old 08-30-22, 06:12 AM
  #2  
dedhed
SE Wis
 
dedhed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 9,408

Bikes: '68 Raleigh Sprite, '02 Raleigh C500, '84 Raleigh Gran Prix, '91 Trek 400, 2013 Novara Randonee, 1990 Trek 970

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2298 Post(s)
Liked 2,426 Times in 1,503 Posts
Most are very similar replacement process



dedhed is offline  
Likes For dedhed:
Old 08-30-22, 07:28 AM
  #3  
HillRider
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 33,455

Bikes: '96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '20 Surly Midnight Special, All are 3x10. It is hilly around here!

Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1920 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 899 Times in 631 Posts
Gevenalle uses Tektro brake levers for their integrated brake/shifters and offers replacement Tektro hood/bodies assemblies as maintenance parts. Look here: https://www.gevenalle.com/product/replacement-brake-hoods/ These are nice since the hoods are already installed on new bodies and that makes replacement easy.

Their web site only lists replacements for the short pull levers (R200) but a call to them may get you some long pull bodies (RL520) as they do use them for some of their shifters.

Last edited by HillRider; 08-30-22 at 07:33 AM.
HillRider is offline  
Likes For HillRider:
Old 08-30-22, 07:57 AM
  #4  
Crankycrank
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 3,141
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 675 Post(s)
Liked 678 Times in 512 Posts
Video of how to replace hoods although this is for a Shimano it's basically the same. In addition to using the alcohol as a lubricant you can throw the new hoods in some near boiling water for a couple minutes to make them more pliable for installation.
Crankycrank is offline  
Likes For Crankycrank:
Old 08-30-22, 09:48 AM
  #5  
Yan 
BeaverTerror
 
Yan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New York City
Posts: 2,360
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 924 Post(s)
Liked 204 Times in 132 Posts
They are rubber. You pull them off like a sock and slip the new ones on. It will take some finger strength.
__________________
Yan
Yan is offline  
Likes For Yan:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.