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Which brake lever?

Old 07-03-22, 10:10 AM
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Which brake lever?

Decided I'm too old to run brakeless.. just want one for safety reasons. Going to run a 5800 105 caliper. Any recommendations on levers that'll go with the aesthetics of the bike? Bar is the Cinelli Valencia, it has a 24mm diameter. I was thinking Dia Compe Goldfinger or the Tech 99 w/ a shim. Thoughts?
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I've got the Tech 99 and like it, because you can get all four fingers on it. I'm not a fan of one finger braking. I assume you will locate the lever at the end of the bar, and not at the middle next to the stem. If it were me, I'd get a 22.2mm bar, so that I could install some nice grips on it, instead of bar tape.


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I am a fan of one finger braking, and I did slam the lever all the way to the stem. Pretty janky, but worked well for me for a few thousand miles before I decided to go brakeless.

I love the Paul e-lever, it's pricey but the machining is great and it certainly adds some aesthetic internet points. I've also had good experiences with Avid FR-5 levers.







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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
I've got the Tech 99 and like it, because you can get all four fingers on it. I'm not a fan of one finger braking. I assume you will locate the lever at the end of the bar, and not at the middle next to the stem. If it were me, I'd get a 22.2mm bar, so that I could install some nice grips on it, instead of bar tape.
Probably go with the Tech 99.. looks like a good length and profile... I have a Ritchey 10 flatbar that I switch out sometimes so it'll work with both.
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