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Old 05-30-15, 02:25 PM
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Origin8 Calipers on C&V Ride

Over time, my old Universal brake calipers wore out. I'm not sure I can get a good picture, but the cable retention bar had a split notch for "easy assembly", and it eventually wore and expanded so that it no longer held the cables.

I've been considering going Aero for some time.

I found these Origin8 "Classic" road calipers, and thought I'd try them out.



My old Universals had the inline adjustment at the levers which I lost

The new levers are comfortable. The pull seems to be somewhat greater than the old Universals, so braking is a bit tight (more strength). But, perhaps that gives me more inherent adjustment without having inline adjusters.

Bars are Blackbirds (aluminum) which I had been trying out, and find to be fairly comfortable. But, they also required the funky stem.

Yes, the bike has seen too many years and too many miles

I'm a bit leery about the plastic brake lever bodies/bushings. We'll see how well these last. I got many years and many miles out of the old Universal brake levers.
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Old 05-30-15, 03:54 PM
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I prefer the Dia Compe model 204 when using new levers on vintage bikes. Those look OK, though.
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I put some Dia Compe Blaze aero (or similar) levers on another bike, but I've never been satisfied that they have enough cable pull for that bike.

I suppose after years of non-aero cable routing, I do like the cleaner look of the aero routing.
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Those Origin8 levers look nice on your bike. I've had them on my eBay watch list for a long time but haven't ordered them.

The side view you provided surprised me - based on the few photos I've seen of them, I assumed they were the same "shape" as Tektro R200 and/or Cane Creek SCR-5 levers. Yours appear to have a more substantial hood to grab on to.
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What brand is that stem? Does that stem accept modern bars?
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They do look good! A bit like the current Campy levers.
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The ergonomics look great on those, especially for riding on the hoods. I would not be concerned with the durability if the plastic structure--modern materials are mighty tough.
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
What brand is that stem? Does that stem accept modern bars?
What is a Modern Bar?

Well, that is too complicated of a question

When I bought my Interloc IRD Blackbird winged aero bars, they required an open faced stem. The first one was an upward tilted stem, painted, with a bell that limited the insertion point. I almost got it stuck in the fork

I picked that one up a while ago.

I think the quill is stamped KAL, but I have one that is almost identical stamped HL.
It looks similar to the Profile Designs H2O quills (except silver).

Profile Design H20 Road Quill Stem: 110mm +/- 0 degree 1" 26.0 Black | eBay

Ahh.. I think this may be it, but in silver (note two welds).
New Road Bicycle Bike Quill Stem 22 2 110mm 0 Black | eBay

And, I found the downward angled one I've been hunting for
New Road Bicycle Bike Quill Stem 22 2 110mm -17 Silver | eBay

See other auctions by that same seller for slightly different models.

I think the Blackbirds are 26.0 bars.
According to the venerable Sheldon Brown
Since it doesn't work by flexing the aluminum as a single-bolt stem does, they're less fussy about bar diameter, so the same stem can generally be used for 25.4 or 26 mm handlebars.
I've been having some problems with tightening it... hopefully I got it right now, but perhaps the 4 bolt stems are better than the 2 bolt stems.
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Thanks for the response. I was wondering about the size of the handlebar clamp. I wasn't sure if it accepted a traditional bar (25.4 or 26.0 mm) or the modern bar (31.8mm). I now see your IRD Blackbird comes in 2 clamp sizes (26.0 and 31.8 mm).
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I think the blackbirds are discontinued. I don't know why.

Most of my bars seem to be the 25.4 or 26.0 size, I think. I'll have to keep an eye out for 31.8 bars. Ahh, maybe I got one on the Tricross.

I suppose I can see why the 1 1/8" stem adapters are popular, in part because the selection of new stems seems to be lacking.

Here is a 31.8 stem, but like so many, it has an upward angle (MTB?)
Origin8 Pro Fit ATB Stem, 1" Fork Diameter / 25d Angle / 180mm Steerer / 31.8 bar
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