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"Comfortable" non aero brake levers? Any preferred modern versions?

Old 12-12-14, 02:17 AM
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"Comfortable" non aero brake levers? Any preferred modern versions?

Looking for non areo brake levers but I've always been less than pleased with the feeling of old lever bodies. Too narrow, small, wrng angle etc. Any modern version to look at that still have the non aero look? Any older versions more comfy?

Saw these but still might be nice to keep the non aero look

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Try Campagnolo Record or Modolo from the early 80's. They were made before big research was made in ergonomics, but they were darned good anyway.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Try Campagnolo Record or Modolo from the early 80's. They were made before big research was made in ergonomics, but they were darned good anyway.
Been there ... done that ... too long in the reach for me to grab hard from the drops in a panic stop. (Same problem with MAFAC.) For me, nothing beats 1960s the Weinmann handles that were paired with the Vainqueur 999 calipers. For aero handles, I like early 1990s Shimanos, again because they are within my grasp, so to speak.

Both Capos have their original Weinmanns; the Peugeot also has Weinmanns, and the Bianchi has Shimano aeros in place of the original non-aero Modolos. I appreciate the additional 10% leverage afforded by the aero handles, particularly with early Campag. calipers, which are not great performers, even with KoolStop pads.
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@John E, a lot depends on the hands. I'm a medium-size person with surprisingly large and strong hands. This explains why I like Campy and MAFAC better than Weinmann levers. I also have Campagnolo Record brakes from the early 80's on my McLean, with Dia Compe aero levers and Matthauser pads. They work fantastically for me, but again, I have lucky hands.
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Yup, it's all in the hands, my point being that different saddles for different butts and different helmets for different heads also applies to different brake handles for different hands.
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I find those double bend modern levers kinda strange looking but there must be a good reason for the strange design.
Campy levers always had a nice, natural fit to my hands and I suspect that the newest ones from them will have similar ergonomics.
I find Campy stuff too expensive though, so I always was attracted to alternative C&V levers.

Weinmann Carreras are really nice.....


But my all time favorite are the late version Spidels....



The Carreras and Spidels share a similar shape and have a more substantial, smooth feel to them than most levers they were contemporary to, and the really nice curve to their levers feeal really good to the hands. Their hood designs are also very similar. Simple, smooth and comfortable to the hands, but unfortunately, OEM replacement hoods for both levers are getting close to unobtainium these days, but I suspect that easier to find (but expensive) Campy NR/SR hoods would fit OK in a pinch.

If I were looking for modern levers, I would try and find ones similar to these C&V ones as the shape/feel had been always ideal for me.

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Is 80's Modern ? Modolo with their Anatomic (919) hoods .. I glued Glove leather on Mine so they're good for a generation or 2.

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I've always liked the feel of Dia Comp levers. I think they're much easier to reach from the hoods than Campy. VO carries non-aero ones:

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I have big hands, and these MAFAC levers are some of the most comfortable that I've ridden with.



IRD has some modern levers that are drilled, while still looking conservative compared to some others.

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Ride the drops.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I have wide hands short fingers. Can't do a long reach.
I have ergo bars now. I like modern versions because I dont like deep drop vintage styles.

I think I may try the dia compe version if I can get a good price on them.

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I like Shimano 600 ARX. I'm a tallish guy with short, stubby fingers.
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It's interesting that there is so much variety of opinion. Most all my bikes have different levers and they all work for me.
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