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Tektro RL520 levers and in-line levers play well together?

Old 07-20-11, 10:05 PM
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Tektro RL520 levers and in-line levers play well together?

As I understand it, the 520's are long pull for v brakes and in-line levers are short pull......does this work?

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Old 07-21-11, 06:01 AM
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Paul's bartop lever has an interchangeable pivot for just this reason.

But I'm pretty sure you could use normal bartops with V-brakes and not run out of pull. Wouldn't be optimal but would still give you the choice of braking from the tops.
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Paul cross lever. Yes pricey, but made in California and really nice at that.
https://paulcomp.com/crosslever.html
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Originally Posted by flargle
Paul cross lever. Yes pricey, but made in California and really nice at that.
https://paulcomp.com/crosslever.html
Pricey indeed. thanks for the help
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I'm currently working on building up a spare-parts bike with trekking bars and want to have two levers, but will be using V-Brakes. I'm considering several different solutions, including "customizing" some leftover mountain levers to accept a piece of housing instead of a brake cable end, since spending $100+ on a pair of levers would be about a third of my investment in this bike. I wouldn't be against modifying a pair of cheaper inline levers, and I've heard the Tektro RL720 levers pull more cable than needed for Canti/Road brakes, so that might be a possibility.
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Update: Finished the build, ended up finding some RL721's for cheap. After a lot of shimming, I managed to get everything on the bars. The cable pull on the levers isn't actually stopped by their construction; rather, their travel is limited by when the lever strikes the bar, so on an outside curve they could conceivably even pull more cable than a mountain lever. On a flat segment of bar (such as the top of a drop bar), they pull less cable than a mountain lever.
When I first set them up, they were understandably spongy, but after dialing in the brakes/barrel adjusters as close to the rim as possible, the stopping power is excellent for my needs. The top levers are extremely powerful as a result, and catch the rim almost without any pressure.
Verdict: If you're anal about truing rims and adjusting brakes, inline levers will work for you.
(Note: I have not yet adjusted the reach on the top lever, I don't have freakishly large hands as the image would suggest)

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