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late 80s 105 SLR brake levers , missing a part or takes different cable?

Old 08-06-12, 06:40 AM
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late 80s 105 SLR brake levers , missing a part or takes different cable?

Good morning ,

Ok i've done several posts concerning my 1989 falcon re build.

all my parts are set except my brake levers(aero late 80s 105) do not take either end of A standard cable.

The levers have what looks like two open hooks vs the built in swivel that takes the end of a road cable.

I cant recall if the levers

A) took a barrel-end type cable back then (the barrel or cylinder would fit into the hooked channel on both sides)

B) there was a small piece that the cable went into that then slipped into brake lever.??

anyway need help with this one? I ordered cables and looked at levers and said WTF???

again these levers have been in the box for a long time, there in great shape with original white hoods.

many thanks

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Old 08-06-12, 07:35 AM
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Post a picture.

I've owned about a half dozen SLR levers (600, Dura Ace, 105) and all took a standard "road" cable.

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makes sense,

HMM somehow I do believe a tiny part is missing on both levers Ill post a photo soon.

Update, Looks like a small machined barrel is missing on both levers.

I spoke to a mechanic at one of the very good bike shops and he advised that vintage lever had a small machined barrel that fit into the cutouts. the brake cable went into it.

Bummer. Ill either have to make something or new levers? ??????

Ill cruise the bike shops maybe some in the bins???

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Ouch. You're missing those barrels and plastic bushings? Better install other levers for now as it could take you quite a while to find just those little parts.
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I may have a couple of trashed 105 levers that you can use for parts- free for the cost of postage. PM me to remind me to look tonight.
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very kind of you,

many thanks, Problem solved went to 2 LBS and scrounged through the junk parts. found a slr lever at one (same size bushing)

found an older brifter at another that had the same style bushing though a tad bigger diameter (small files come in handy)

I made the slot in one of the levers a tad bigger to fit the brifter busing.

Im good to go! this mod should last untill I get rid of the frame or Ill upgrade to older 600 parts ...

thanks again!.

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