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Top mount brake levers(9 posts)

Top mount brake levershaimish
Jan 28, 2003 2:51 PM
Looking at getting some of the Tektro RX secondary top mount brake levers. Is anybody running these? Looks like they wouldn't work with non-aero levers.
re: Top mount brake leversatpjunkie
Jan 28, 2003 6:12 PM
I'm running two sets and I dig them. Didn't have to tear my bars down to mount. Don't think they'd work with non-aero but they might. You'd have to curl the cable to them from the top of the hood. Maybe zip tie it or something. Hell just buy some aero's they're cheap, or are you really a retrogrouch? I use them with aero D/A levers and bar cons.
Jan 29, 2003 6:53 AM
I can picture ways of making top-mounts work with non-aero levers, but it'd be mighty ugly and take the cable through some serious friction-inducing bends. I'd agree with ATP - if you're hard-core retro, skip the top mounts. After all, they aren't period-accurate (hey, if you want to be correct I've got a new-in-bag set of those old add-on Dia Compe "Safety" levers kicking around in the parts box -- you remember, the ones that didn't actually slow the bike down at all?). Go with the Aero-style levers if you want supplemental braking.

If you do go with the top-mounts, the Tektros are great for the money. They're not as nice or as rugged as some of the more expensive ones (I've got Tektros on my bike); one thing to be careful about -- the spot where the barrel adjuster screws into the lever is very thin & fragile, with maybe one or one and a half threads of contact on the adjuster. Be very careful about stripping that single thread -- I munged up one of mine simply by unscrewing the barrel adjuster out too far and had to clean up the hole with a tap before it would work again.

Anyway, I like mine, they're easy to install and work well.

Jan 29, 2003 10:04 AM
Thanks for the info, guys. I definitely have some retro-grouch tendencies, but the main reason for the non-aero levers was the extra cable pull made setting up the LX cantis a bit easier. (originally had Avid Shorties but was NEVER able to get the squeal out of the front-is Avid going to ever come out with a new design?) Pretty sure I have some 105 aero levers somewhere in the parts bin, I'll try those.

The Dia Comple suicide levers are tempting, but I'll have to pass. ;)
TektrosThe Walrus
Jan 29, 2003 11:27 AM
Cyclocrossworld finally got the Tektros back in stock, so I bought a pair; problem is, they didn't come with installation instructions. From earlier posts on this board I've gotten the gist of the installation process, but any tips you'd care to throw this way would help.

Tektros tipsatpjunkie
Jan 29, 2003 11:41 AM
measure and cut cable housing as accurate as possible. use a grease pencil to mark where you are going to "interupt the cable housing". The less slack the better they work. pretty simple , cable runs through, housing stops on either side.
have fun
Installation instructionstriangleforge
Jan 29, 2003 2:01 PM
Click on the "How To" link at; you'll find installation instructions for top-mount levers. If you've got the Tektros (or the hinged-clamp ones from Radius or IRD), you can skip the most time-consuming steps in there, ie. removing all the bar tape & levers. I found it helped to unwind the tape to the lever, but you might not have to. I also cut the cable housings about 1/4" long just to be sure, then trimmed them back until they were just right.

Excellent! Thanx to Triangleforge & atpjunkie (nm)The Walrus
Jan 29, 2003 5:59 PM
Have Fun. I love mine. great for swingin' singletrack NMatpjunkie
Jan 29, 2003 6:43 PM