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Old 02-02-08, 12:18 PM
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Cables for Weinman Brake Levers

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Quick question .. are "Shimano" brake cables with pear nipples compatible with Weinman levers? Nobody seems to offer standard cables, only special ones labelled as suitable for Shimano, or Campag, or SRAM etc etc.

The Shimano compatible ones look right.

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I'm not sure I know what 'pear nipples' are, but normal brake cables will work on Weinmann levers.
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Originally Posted by aesmith View Post
Hi,

Quick question .. are "Shimano" brake cables with pear nipples compatible with Weinman levers? Nobody seems to offer standard cables, only special ones labelled as suitable for Shimano, or Campag, or SRAM etc etc.

The Shimano compatible ones look right.
If your Weinmann levers are for drop handlebars, any "pear shaped" a.k.a. "road" cables will work.

If your bike has upright handlebars, the Weinmann levers want cylindrical "mountain" cables.

"Universal" cables have both types of fitting, so you can just snip of the one that does not apply.

By the way, if you have Weinmann levers for drop handlbars, upgrading to modern "aero" levers is one of the finest upgrades you can do. Despite the name, it's not really about aerodynamics. Modern levers, such as the commonly available Shimano or Tektro/Cane Creek models are MUCH more comfortable, and provide noticeably better braking performance, especially when used from the hoods.

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Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
By the way, if you have Weinmann levers for drop handlbars, upgrading to modern "aero" levers is one of the finest upgrades you can do. Despite the name, it's not really about aerodynamics. Modern levers, such as the commonly available Shimano or Tektro/Cane Creek models are MUCH more comfortable, and provide noticeably better braking performance, especially when used from the hoods.
+1 I took this advice, and it really works

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Originally Posted by peripatetic View Post
I'm not sure I know what 'pear nipples' are, but normal brake cables will work on Weinmann levers.
Thanks, that's just what I wanted to know.

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Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown View Post
By the way, if you have Weinmann levers for drop handlbars, upgrading to modern "aero" levers is one of the finest upgrades you can do. Despite the name, it's not really about aerodynamics. Modern levers, such as the commonly available Shimano or Tektro/Cane Creek models are MUCH more comfortable, and provide noticeably better braking performance, especially when used from the hoods.

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Cheers. Yes they're on drops. I assume another advantage is that turning the bike upside down carelessly won't knacker the brake cables. Guess why I need to replace mine.

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