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Looking for options with non-STI levers(11 posts)

Looking for options with non-STI leversbhutata
Jun 10, 2003 8:58 PM
I'm fond of my old Trek 660 from about '85 or so, but I'm trying to upgrade a few small things to make it more user-friendly for my older body. I currently have Dia-Compe brake levers (matched with Modolo brakes), but I'm envious of the longer handle on the STI levers that looks so much more comfortable to lean on for longer rides.

Does anyone know of a non-STI brake lever that offers a larger and longer surface for my hands? I also plan to switch to some 46cm ergo bars, probably the Salsa Bell Lap, to replace my current 38cm bars.
re: Looking for options with non-STI leversRusty Coggs
Jun 11, 2003 4:40 AM
Campy record levers.
Brake only STI levers are availablepitt83
Jun 11, 2003 4:47 AM
Only about $40 w/o the shift mechanism if you're still going downtube shifting.
Brake only STI levers are availablecdhbrad
Jun 11, 2003 7:16 AM
Most of the Bike catalogs/sites list the Shimano Aero Brake levers. Or go to ebay and put in "Aero Levers" under Road Bike Parts and Accessories / Brakes and see what comes up. Usually lots of Shimano levers, and others, for sale there too, from Dura Ace on down. I have bought several sets that way for my bikes.
Yeah,but...........Rusty Coggs
Jun 11, 2003 11:05 AM
They aren't STI,Just aero levers and don't have the same shape as the STI types he is refering to. The campy Rcord carbon levers have the same shape as the Ergo levers.
Yeah,but........... Campy is really high $$$$cdhbrad
Jun 11, 2003 12:25 PM
Campy Carbons run about $110 too... The earlier Shimano Ultegras that came with the gray calipers have a larger hood on them than say, the SLRs or even Dura Ace areo lever. I have all 3 and the Ultegras have the largest hoods and longest levers too. Those can be purchased on ebay for between $25-$40 max.
Yes but the Record levers are more beautiful than Cher! <nm>terry b
Jun 11, 2003 2:18 PM
Most anything is! <nm>pitt83
Jun 13, 2003 4:21 AM
Sure,but.........Rusty Coggs
Jun 11, 2003 2:21 PM
.........sometimes you have to ante up. FWIW,I have several sets of the grey ultegra aero levers,and don't think there is .20 cents worth of difference between them and any other recent vintage shimano aero lever,which I have most of too.
Aren't these just called "brake levers?"Fez
Jun 11, 2003 10:35 AM
I know Shimano still makes these since they still make downtube shifters in certain groups.

Depending on your sense of value, you may find these expensive if you view them as brake levers, or incredibly cheap if you compare them to the price of STI (shift/brake) levers.

The used market is another option. Early 90s Shimano Ultegra and Dura Ace brake levers were very light, even by today's standards.
Modolo Ergo shifterslowGC
Jun 11, 2003 10:36 AM
These get a lot of bad press on the boards here, but I used them for two years and liked them alot. They work with 7/8/9 spd, dbl or triple, Shimano or Campy. The original cables are crap, but I switched to DA cables and have no complaints. They take a little getting used to but I liked them better than the STIs on my new bike. I got them at www.sjscycles.com and with shipping from the UK they were around $65.