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Old 01-30-11, 07:42 PM
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Brake Levers with Adjustable Mechanical Advantage?

Dunno if this is the right forum, but I figure a mechanic would have the best knowlege base...

I'm looking for a brake lever with adjustable mechanical advantage / cable pull.
I've seen Tektro Eclipse levers, which have 2 Discrete positions for cable mounting - V-brake vs standard. But I'm actually looking for the Continously adjustible kind.

Seen that Avid makes one, but its ugly as heck. Anyone know of any other options?
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P.S. why is it that the catalogs never specify the Length of the brake levers? I keep getting dissapointed with ordering stuff that turns out to be only 3 fingers worth of space, and I really do want long levers for my bar setup....
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Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
Dunno if this is the right forum, but I figure a mechanic would have the best knowlege base...

I'm looking for a brake lever with adjustable mechanical advantage / cable pull.
I've seen Tektro Eclipse levers, which have 2 Discrete positions for cable mounting - V-brake vs standard. But I'm actually looking for the Continously adjustible kind.

Seen that Avid makes one, but its ugly as heck. Anyone know of any other options?
Thanks.

P.S. why is it that the catalogs never specify the Length of the brake levers? I keep getting dissapointed with ordering stuff that turns out to be only 3 fingers worth of space, and I really do want long levers for my bar setup....
Tektro and Shimano both offer levers with two cable hook positions. The Avid speed dial levers are the only fully adjustable levers I'm aware of, or have any experience with. I have them on two bikes, one with linear pull brakes, and one with discs, and after playing around extensively with them, ended up with both set pretty much permanently on the max cable pull position.
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Old 01-30-11, 08:59 PM
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so you are looking for flat bar levers? the avid speed dial levers are for v brake only but the leverage ratio can be adjusted. most levers these days will be 2 finger levers. some trekking/hybrid stuff is 4 finger, mostly tektro stuff. why do you need such variable leverage ratio adjustments?
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Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
so you are looking for flat bar levers? the avid speed dial levers are for v brake only but the leverage ratio can be adjusted. most levers these days will be 2 finger levers. some trekking/hybrid stuff is 4 finger, mostly tektro stuff. why do you need such variable leverage ratio adjustments?
Actually, the Avid levers have enough adjustment that they work fine with "regular" pull calipers when set at their minimum pull/maximum leverage position. I have them on two recumbents with one caliper and one V-brake each. They work fine.

Xeno: the newer Avid levers are 2.5 finger-ish. I have a set of older Avid 2.0 levers, and they're closer to 3.5 fingers. Not super-long, but they work well with my Magilla Gorilla hands.
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