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Cross brake levers: Tektro vs Soma vs Sunlite

Old 02-20-15, 01:55 PM
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Cross brake levers: Tektro vs Soma vs Sunlite

I'm putting a set of cross brake levers on my bullhorns for front brake. Using both for front brake - left on flat part of bars as interrupter, and the other one on bar end "reverse."

Trying to do this on the cheap. Comparing Tektro RL720 ($23) vs Soma Cross ($15) vs Sunlite Cross ($10! - https://amzn.com/B000YBEIKI). Curious what people think about comparing quality and braking power. I have no doubts the Tektro are fine, although some say at this level, they're all the same. Normally I'd be suspicious of the Sunlites, but in Amazon reviews they are surprisingly decent. And another reviewer's opinion is the Soma are fine but no better than generic quality.

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Old 02-20-15, 03:04 PM
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The Sunlite levers are garbage. Soma levers are just re-branded Tektros.
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Learn to ride brakeless and you won't have to think about this.
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@scrodzilla thank you. [MENTION=380804]mrblue[/MENTION] so true, so true. Someone just stole my brake lever, not the brake, nothing else, just the lever. It was a funky ambidextrous Gran Compe Shot. Bastards. So you'll be happy to I actually have been riding brakeless for the last few weeks, but I'm not a pro and going downhill fast on icy slushy bridges in Manhattan was making me nervous.
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The Tektro's are fine. I had a pair on my Surly before I switched to 31.8 bars and needed new ones. No problems ever to report and they were plenty comfortable for the price. Never bother with Sunlite. Scrody is probably right on the Soma levers, I haven't actually seen them up close as we don't have an account with Soma and really don't order much from BTI which sells Soma.
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