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Old 03-10-19, 02:02 PM
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Need Some Help Looking For Some New Replacement Hoods

I have read through several older threads where members were trying to identify what hoods might retrofit a particular set of brake levers, but they were were quite dated and somewhat confusing and I want to get the most current, accurate information. I recently purchased a 1984 Trek 760 in great condition with a combination of Suntour Superbe and Superbe Pro components. The bike was ridden for six months and then parked - beautiful condition with original purple speckled paint. The brake levers are Suntour Superbe Pro, the compact version, and the hoods are totally shot. I don't think that I am going to come across new replacement Suntour hoods anytime soon so I was hoping someone could tell me what brand hoods would most prefectly fit these levers. I think I want to use gum hoods but I would be open to all alternatives. There are several great pictures of these levers showing the hood profile from various angles in the Velobase page linked below. Thanks very much for any info.

VeloBase.com - Component: SunTour CB-2200, Superbe Pro (compact)

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Old 03-10-19, 02:11 PM
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Rustines

https://365cycles.com/index.php/rust...iABEgJrPvD_BwE

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Old 03-10-19, 02:19 PM
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Superbe (pro) brakes were nearly a knock off of the Campagnolo's. Even some of the parts are interchangeable. So hood should not be difficult to find unless you are looking for ones with specific logo's.
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Any hood that will fit Campagnolo levers will fit the Superbe. So, modern reproduction hoods for Campagnolo, Rustines, etc. will work. If you can find them, A'me or Modolo "anatomic" hoods are what I prefer to use.
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^^^ Yeah, Superbe were campy copies, essentially, and any Campagnolo compatible hoods can be used. I vote for Rustines, because the are actual gum rubber, and look and feel exactly like vintage hoods. A lot of people did like the Modolo anatomic hoods - also compatible, but it's a personal preference thing. I preferred the plain traditional shape, at least i used to when I was younger.
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If you make an offer on these, you can save a buck or maybe two. Asking for $3 off might be too greedy.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rustines-Ca...0AAOSwELlalZqN
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I have that same Trek 760. I went with the aforementioned Rustine's hoods and am happy with them. Got the hoods at Velo Orange, which happens to be running a 20% off sale right now.


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These Dia-Compe hoods fit my Superbe levers very well. They are a steal at $12 a set at Velo Orange.
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
These Dia-Compe hoods fit my Superbe levers very well. They are a steal at $12 a set at Velo Orange.
That's what I used to think, too. Rustines look so much better. It's worth the extra $2 (after VO charges $8 shipping). I just wish I had learned this five years ago. It's sorta expensive to retape bars when replacing ugly hoods with Rustines.


And, to match all black tires, Rustines come in black, too.
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That's what I used to think, too. Rustines look so much better. It's worth the extra $2 (after VO charges $8 shipping). I just wish I had learned this five years ago. It's sorta expensive to retape bars when replacing ugly hoods with Rustines.


And, to match all black tires, Rustines come in black, too.
Do the Rustines come in white? Not everyone wants gum or black.
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And, to match all black tires, Rustines come in black, too.
That's what I did with the older, slotted Superbe levers on my Sequoia.


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I have both the Dia-Compe and Rustines hoods. The Rustines hoods, being gum, have a much nicer feel. The Dia-Compe hoods still are ok when riding and probably will last much longer.
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Do the Rustines come in white?
Yes. Check ebay.
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Thanks for the immediate response to this thread and all the great feedback. I ordered two sets of gum Rustines and one set of black. I already had a set of NOS Dia Compe hoods to replace the hoods on some Dia Compe levers but I may use the Rustines on that as well if I prefer the feel. Thanks again for all the posts. This forum is absolutely the best when it comes to mechanical questions, vintage questions, and "the best way to do things" questions. Experience is always the best teacher!
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