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jay4usc 06-24-20 04:44 PM

Top mount brake lever recommendation?
 
Hi guys, looking to buy some top mount brake levers for a drop bar. Any recommendation on brand and model I can purchase?

Skimax 06-24-20 08:33 PM

I have the tektro RL721 levers on the top of my drops. I have only ridden this bike about 50 miles so far but they have been good so far!

jay4usc 06-24-20 08:35 PM


Originally Posted by Skimax (Post 21552085)
I have the tektro RL721 levers on the top of my drops. I have only ridden this bike about 50 miles so far but they have been good so far!

thanks bro

veganbikes 06-24-20 09:59 PM

If I want super high quality and MUSA: Paul Cross Levers
If I want lower cost but good quality: Cane Creek CrossTop Levers
If I want carbon: TRP RL 951 / 956
If I want drillium: All City Cross Levers

jay4usc 06-24-20 10:31 PM


Originally Posted by veganbikes (Post 21552190)
If I want super high quality and MUSA: Paul Cross Levers
If I want lower cost but good quality: Cane Creek CrossTop Levers
If I want carbon: TRP RL 951 / 956
If I want drillium: All City Cross Levers

is there a big difference between a Tektro and Cane Creek?

Skimax 06-24-20 10:38 PM


Originally Posted by veganbikes (Post 21552190)
If I want super high quality and MUSA: Paul Cross Levers
If I want lower cost but good quality: Cane Creek CrossTop Levers
If I want carbon: TRP RL 951 / 956
If I want drillium: All City Cross Levers

If I were to venture a guess, I would say that the cane creek, TRP and the All City levers are all the exact same base lever as the tektros...

cane creeks are probably the exact same thing just with a different name pasted on, the TRPs use the same mechanism but just swap on a carbon pull and the all cityís just drill out some of the material for speed holes...

jay4usc 06-24-20 10:40 PM


Originally Posted by Skimax (Post 21552221)
If I were to venture a guess, I would say that the cane creek, TRP and the All City levers are all the exact same base lever as the tektros...

cane creeks are probably the exact same thing just with a different name pasted on, the TRPs use the same mechanism but just swap on a carbon pull and the all cityís just drill out some of the material for speed holes...


very informative, thank you

veganbikes 06-24-20 10:41 PM


Originally Posted by jay4usc (Post 21552212)
is there a big difference between a Tektro and Cane Creek?

Cane Creek is an American company, Tektro is a Taiwanese company. Cane Creek makes some of the finest and lightest rim brakes on the market as well as excellent headsets, suspension products and other neat stuff. Tektro is brake focused and hits a massive chunk of the OEM market and churns out some decent stuff at lower prices.

I think you might have meant Tektro and TRP (Tektro Racing Products). If so not a huge difference but the TRP stuff is generally of higher quality and more likely produced in their Taiwan factories rather than Chinese ones. TRP for them is kind of like S-Works for Specialized in a way. It is the higher end more polished product.

jay4usc 06-24-20 10:45 PM


Originally Posted by veganbikes (Post 21552225)
Cane Creek is an American company, Tektro is a Taiwanese company. Cane Creek makes some of the finest and lightest rim brakes on the market as well as excellent headsets, suspension products and other neat stuff. Tektro is brake focused and hits a massive chunk of the OEM market and churns out some decent stuff at lower prices.

I think you might have meant Tektro and TRP (Tektro Racing Products). If so not a huge difference but the TRP stuff is generally of higher quality and more likely produced in their Taiwan factories rather than Chinese ones. TRP for them is kind of like S-Works for Specialized in a way. It is the higher end more polished product.

Tektro levers are about $10 cheaper compared to Cane Creek. They do look identical and just wondering if it’s worth paying extra $10.

thanks for the info, really appreciate it.

Skimax 06-24-20 11:01 PM


Originally Posted by jay4usc (Post 21552227)
Tektro levers are about $10 cheaper compared to Cane Creek. They do look identical and just wondering if itís worth paying extra $10.

thanks for the info, really appreciate it?

pretty certain cane creek sources their levers from Tektro and they are the exact same thing just with different branding. Google it and you will find others saying a lot of cane creek brake stuff is just rebranded tektro. I was researching this recently and with this info I chose to just go with the tektros since they were cheaper.

veganbikes 06-24-20 11:05 PM


Originally Posted by jay4usc (Post 21552227)
Tektro levers are about $10 cheaper compared to Cane Creek. They do look identical and just wondering if itís worth paying extra $10.

thanks for the info, really appreciate it?

They certainly look close but honestly I have never done a side by side. to 100% confirm. Currently owning the Cane Creek ones I would say yes. I bought them many years ago and they are still working fine.

jay4usc 06-24-20 11:12 PM


Originally Posted by Skimax (Post 21552242)
pretty certain cane creek sources their levers from Tektro and they are the exact same thing just with different branding. Google it and you will find others saying a lot of cane creek brake stuff is just rebranded tektro. I was researching this recently and with this info I chose to just go with the tektros since they were cheaper.

Just read a few reviews and youíre correct they are pretty much the same thing.

Speedway2 06-25-20 09:10 AM

Spend an extra $10 for piece of mind.....or spend the difference on brake cables.....what to do.

nightfly 06-25-20 09:31 AM

Never had an issue with Tektro. Have owned both them and Cane Creek. Not much, if any difference.

jay4usc 06-25-20 10:47 AM

Thanks for all the great info guys. I’m probably going to go with the Tektro


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