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Old 04-15-11, 08:12 AM
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Inverse Brake Levers -Show me! Show me!

Anyone got pics of handlebars with inverse levers? I'm trying to decide between the DiaCompe's and the Tektro's at VO. Help me make my mind up?
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I love mine.



I've often thought of trying them on drop bars
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Dia Compes from VO on VO Porteur bars

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I used Soma inverse levers on my"townie" named Byron. I really like them. They have a very light action and beautiful finish.

http://simplecycle-marc.blogspot.com...ul-wheels.html

There's a photo on this entry on my blog.

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Thanks guys! I hadn't found many photos of the DiaComps. And I didn't know SOMA makes a pair!
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Here are my Tektros:





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I've seen your's Southpaw, beauuuutiful. That's what makes this a hard choice. I'm not sure how I like their line with the bar. The DiaCompes seem to stay parallel longer. I've read the Tektros are reach adjustable, what does that mean exactly?
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Originally Posted by katezila View Post
I've seen your's Southpaw, beauuuutiful. That's what makes this a hard choice. I'm not sure how I like their line with the bar. The DiaCompes seem to stay parallel longer. I've read the Tektros are reach adjustable, what does that mean exactly?
Being able to adjust reach is pretty handy. Typically this is done with a little set screw on the body of the brake lever that pushes against the lever stop.

I find the reach on the Dia Compe levers to be a bit long for my comfort, and I have men's size "large" hands (if you use gloves as a sizing reference). I can barely get the finger pads of my first two fingers to get decent engagement with the levers near the end (tips of the levers). I can get full finger wrap towards the back of the bars (near the base of the lever). I've thought about soldering some little stops to dial in the reach on mine.
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Originally Posted by katezila View Post
I've seen your's Southpaw, beauuuutiful. That's what makes this a hard choice. I'm not sure how I like their line with the bar. The DiaCompes seem to stay parallel longer. I've read the Tektros are reach adjustable, what does that mean exactly?
They are? I didn't know that. It means that there should be a screw inside the housing that limits the lever's pivot range in the resting position, the same way that a derailleur limit screw limits the derailleur's range. I had no idea the Tektros have this feature, and if so, I should open them up and see where they're set on mine.

I agree that the line with the bars is not as linear as the Diacompes, but also consider the quality: the housing is entirely alloy, and the pivot uses smooth nylon bushings and a gentle return spring. The operation of the levers is buttery smooth and wobble-free; I've tried other people's Diacompes on their bikes, and they felt more wobbly and spongy than the Tektros. Also, the Tektro levers pivot around a threaded hex nut; the Diacompes pivot around a non-serviceable and non-adjustable rivet. So if and when the Tektros develop play as the bushings wear, they can get tightened.
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
They are? I didn't know that. It means that there should be a screw inside the housing that limits the lever's pivot range in the resting position, the same way that a derailleur limit screw limits the derailleur's range. I had no idea the Tektros have this feature, and if so, I've never checked to utilize it.

I agree that the line with the bars is not as linear as the Diacompes, but also consider the quality: the housing is entirely alloy, and the pivot has smooth nylon bushings. The operation of the levers is buttery smooth and wobble-free; I've tried other people's Diacompes on their bikes, and they felt more wobbly and spongy than the Tektros.
I'd have to agree, based on seeing the Tektros (and reading up a little more), they look like the winner in my book. The Somas look nice, too.
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VO's description says they are. So that means that they could be more linear...

Hmmm. I think I'm going to go Tektro. They were my first choice to begin with I just wasn't sure I could justify spending a bit more then I really have right now. Haha! But if I buy the DiaCompes I'd be more likely to regret not getting the Tektros. The price difference just isn't big enough not to go for it.
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I have the Tektro Inverse and Porteur bar from VO. It said it can't work with V-brakes but somehow, with my shoddy mechanical skillz, it works just fine.
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On my touring bike, with cross levers also.
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I don't remember what brand these are as this project was a while back (and since sold off). Maybe Tektro?



And I think these are the DiaCompe:



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Originally Posted by Omiak View Post
On my touring bike, with cross levers also.
This is a great photo, I really like the composition and lighting...but the obviousness of the photoshop touch-ups makes me grimace (and I'm a non-photoshop troglodyte).

But any more info on the bike? It looks well appointed and very tour-worthy.
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Originally Posted by Omiak View Post
On my touring bike, with cross levers also.
Now there's an interesting idea! I'd like to try that some day.

Thanks for all the inspiration guys! I went with the Tektros. I had thought the DiaComps would look better with shellacked bar tape, and it seems pretty alright but sort of bulky. I think the silver tektros are slimmer and will suit the my better, along with the higher quality.
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Originally Posted by Omiak View Post
On my touring bike, with cross levers also.
+1 great photo. Love the composition. Looks like you've played with the dynamic range, HDRI?
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Originally Posted by katezila View Post
Now there's an interesting idea! I'd like to try that some day.

Thanks for all the inspiration guys! I went with the Tektros. I had thought the DiaComps would look better with shellacked bar tape, and it seems pretty alright but sort of bulky. I think the silver tektros are slimmer and will suit the my better, along with the higher quality.
I think the Tektros pictured in southpaw's post look really classy and clean, and would suit the aesthetics of a classic/retro build beautifully.
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Originally Posted by Maddox View Post
This is a great photo, I really like the composition and lighting...but the obviousness of the photoshop touch-ups makes me grimace (and I'm a non-photoshop troglodyte).

But any more info on the bike? It looks well appointed and very tour-worthy.
Ah yeah, I mostly shoot 35mm and super 8 (somewhat heavy for a bike tour) but I figure if I'm going to shoot digital I might as well go all out. It is indeed HDR, 3 photos at different exposures merged in post.

The bike is a 86' schwinn passage with a fair amount of non-stock components. It's currently disassembled as I had the bent rear triangle that it came with (still did several short tours without much problem) repaired a while back. I'm somewhat torn as to what to do with it. It's slightly small for me so in order to get it comfortable on tour I had to install this crazy adjustable SR MTE-1000 seatpost which had to be shimmed with beer cans. The main problem with that is that it slipped over time and every couple hours I'd have to raise the seat slightly. Real nice bike though. I don't understand why more people don't tour with handlebars like those.
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