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Old 10-26-14, 04:46 PM
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Brake hood for vintage Suntour Superbe?

brake hood for vintage suntour superbe?

Pardon me, I saw a years old thread about this, yet I am not clear if one of the Diacompe or Cane Creek replacement hoods will work with the suntour superbe (vintage) brakes on my 1980-something Trek 700. See photo. Can send more photos if needed.

I've searched and seen whole brake sets, which I do not need, yet no replacement hoods by suntour. I'm OK with a universal hood if it fits OK. It's not the machine, it's the motor, after all. I use this bike for general exercise and light touring.

Which replacement hood will work? I'd appreciate your suggestions.

Second - what is the recommended procedure for installing the new hoods? Yes, I'm planning to replace the bar tape at the same time.

Thanks for your past help with my Specialized Expedition Touring Machine, the Venerable Monster, which was last out roaming Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs, as seen here:

Jackson Junket: Teton Touron or Continental Breakfast? - Jackson Loop Bicycle Tour

Thanks for your help, Rob of the WV
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Old 10-26-14, 05:18 PM
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Velo Orange sells Dia Compe 204 hoods for $12/pair. I use them on DC Gran Compe, Campagnolo, and Modolo levers.
The Cane Creek's are for Weinmann-style levers.
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Old 10-27-14, 11:38 AM
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Thanks Kroozer! Velo Orange seems like a good place to look for parts. Fairly low shipping rates too.
The Ebay lever hoods are not described well - no idea what one might receive. Velo O seems more attuned to this. WV see a summary of WV bike reports here ---> http://wildernessvagabond.com/WV-bik...-links-all.htm
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+1 I've used those Dia Compe hoods on Superbe, and, while not an exact fit, they're plenty good enough, at least for me. You can see in the pic below that there's a bit of a gap at the front of the lever.

I did notice recently that one of my hoods is starting to tear a bit on the bottom, presumably from repeated stretching from actuating the lever. A little trim might have prevented this, who knows?
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I have had luck installing new hoods with soapy water, powder or flour, or armor all. You choose the one that cleans up best after install. Just be careful and work slow so you don't rip the new ones. Now if I could only find an easy way to remove the baked on old ones!
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Originally Posted by wild vagabond View Post
what is the recommended procedure for installing the new hoods? Yes, I'm planning to replace the bar tape at the same time.
The best way I've found -- least likely to tear ancient gum hoods -- is to remove the lever from the bar and slide the hood on from the back. You can usually do this without re-taping; leave the mounting bolt and clamp attached to the handlebar and just remove the lever body.
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I used Cane Creek, purchased from Niagara Bike Works. They went on with a minimum of fuss.
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Brake lever hood for vintage superbe

Greetings,
I read all the info below and it looks like the Modolo 919 is the way to go for 1972 Superbe brake levers. I want original and have searched high and low and can't fined a pair.
Thanks
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Old 04-28-19, 10:55 PM
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Zombies that don't put rustines on their superbe levers still have one foot in the grave.
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Old 04-30-19, 11:33 AM
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Rustines because it sounds like a carburetor cleaner.
Rustines because it rhymes enough with Nadine.
and they fit,
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After trying powder and soapy water, I found that alcohol-based hand cleaner worked great to give the rubber hoods some slip to slide on. Similarly, when I am getting old handlegrips off, rubbing alcohol sprayed underneath makes a big difference. I know of no successful method to remove the dried on and crusty hoods that have stuck to the brake levers.

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Rustines are a perfect fit.
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These are the Rustines, fyi:

https://velo-orange.com/collections/...ake-hood-cover
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And they stretch enough that you don't need soap, detergent, powder, armor-all, or anything else. Although they may generate an expletive or 2, IIRC.
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so I'll hop into this revived zombie with a similar question--
I've got these breaks/hoods and I'm thinking of getting a white version from Velo orange - but, which do you think best matches - the Campy, the Weinmann, or the dia-compe? Yes, the brake levers say Weinmann, but the shapes don't look the same to me? Probably close enough though, yeah? They're sold out though, naturally. I know probably dumb and just go with the Weinmanns, but, hey, asking dumb questions is what the internet is for, right?
I want to replace them I think because I can't find any cable housing in tan, to match them.

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Had a pair of black Modolo hoods with ribbed sides that fit early Superbes damn near perfectly.

Still I’d rather go with the Rustines as they’re made of gum, and don’t strike me as brand a mismatch such as Modolos do. The Rustines would be more affordable too if you were to buy Modolo hoods off of eBay.
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Since no one has come out and said it, Superbe brakes were Campagnolo clones, and the levers could use any Campagnolo compatible hood. Therefore Rustines campy hoods will work, Modolo hoods will work. Vintage campy or campy repro hoods will work. I'd also go with Rustines in this case, because they are new and easily available, and they are made from real gum rubber.
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and Porkchop has coloured cable outers
saddle brown
chocolate brown
muddy brown





Modolo anatomic translucent brake lever hoods
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I want to replace them I think because I can't find any cable housing in tan, to match them.
Unless you can find rustines that fit (the only brand I will now put on my own non-aeros), I would keep them and go with grey housing. Grey will look good with your hoods. Here's a great deal on ebay:

4-piece grey road bike shimano brake cable and housing
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Originally Posted by Stevareeno View Post
Greetings,
I read all the info below and it looks like the Modolo 919 is the way to go for 1972 Superbe brake levers. I want original and have searched high and low and can't fined a pair.
Thanks
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Thanks, I found a pair of Campagnolo Super record with the globe, gum out of Italy for $40 plus shipping and a month to wait. Oh well. the Woodrup has not been ridden for 35 years so what's another month. Thanks
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