Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

Brake lever choice

Old 09-02-11, 09:51 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
gavo's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Flatlands of Chicago
Posts: 88

Bikes: One less than I need

Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Brake lever choice

Well, this might seem like a daft question.
I'm thinking of converting my Cross Comp to a 1x10. If I do it I'll use a Thorne ring and a Paul single ring guide. I have Shimano 105 shifters (5600) and herein lies my quandry. What brake lever would you recommend using to complement the right shifter? I just don't want anything too clunky looking and I want to be sure that the reach to the levers won't be off or awkward feeling. I'd really apprecate any suggestions you might have.
Thanks guys.
gavo is offline  
Old 09-03-11, 06:42 AM
all-weather commuter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 315
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I would just leave the 105 shifter on there. On those ones, the brake cable goes under the bar wrap and the shifter cable comes out the side, right? Can you cut the cable short (<1"), put a ferrule on the end, and solder the cable to the ferrule?
RobertFrapples is offline  
Old 09-03-11, 08:57 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 420
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What about the new Tektro RL340?
scrub is offline  
Old 09-03-11, 09:30 AM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,598

Bikes: 8

Liked 1,360 Times in 866 Posts
shimano has a non brifter aero lever set too. might build up a 2 speed with dual chainrings with the
remaining parts of the pairs of each.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 09-03-11, 10:41 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 3,693
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The new Tektros linked above seem to be the closest to the old style shimano hoods. I've used the Campy shaped Tektro and cane creek levers and the shimano levers, which are shaped nothing like their brake/shift levers. The shimano levers have a smoother, more solid feel but they are tiny and just awfully shaped. I would go with the tektros.

Or you can just use the existing left shifter but if you are like me it is annoying to have a bunch of moving parts that don't do anything.
M_S is offline  
Old 09-03-11, 11:36 AM
Riding like its 1990
thenomad's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: IE, SoCal
Posts: 3,785
Liked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Such a minor weight penalty but if youre going with a non-brifter I really like my Cane Creek ones. They feel way better than the Tektro ones I tried due to a flatter top section.
thenomad is offline  
Old 09-05-11, 11:19 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
gavo's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Flatlands of Chicago
Posts: 88

Bikes: One less than I need

Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks guys. I might go with the Tektro. Why doesn't Shimano just make some brake levers that match their brifters?!?
Sram and Campy do - ah well. I do have the Cane Creeks on my singlespeed and I like them. So a couple of good options I suppose.
Thanks again for the input.
gavo is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Road Cycling
08-28-19 02:16 PM
Bicycle Mechanics
06-26-19 09:36 AM
Bicycle Mechanics
04-27-18 07:08 AM
Bicycle Mechanics
11-12-15 09:56 PM
Bicycle Mechanics
03-20-10 06:24 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.