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Campy Carbon Brake Levers??James_M
Mar 3, 2003 9:56 AM
Are the Campy carbon brake levers strong enough for an occasional trip off road on a make shift cross bike? I am no lightweight and have always been concerned about carbon items such as seatposts and handlebars . I have no real reason why I want these other than they look great, I need new levers, and I can get some at a reasonable price.
I have a pair on my singlespeedbuffalosorrow
Mar 3, 2003 3:38 PM
I love them and not over priced.....

Strong enough yes, I doubt the lever will ever break,
although I did break 'the body' on a stupid attempt to cross the Williamsburg bridge with nearly a foot of snow, I glided into the side handrail. The lever still worked for the remainder of my commute and back home, upset the campy would not back their waranty, well, I had to try.

The only options you have are shimano and dia-compe, both pinch nerves in my hands.... the clincher is that they are carbon, campy, and get five stars for looks.

May I ask where you are getting them and price? I paid $95.

If I can find campy 9 speed bar con (right), I will gear up for a single chainring.
I have a pair on my singlespeedJames_M
Mar 3, 2003 3:48 PM
The best I could find was $105.00 and I have the name of the place written down at home. Did you get yours mail order and if so where did you get them? The price is steep but like you said they are carbon fiber and they do look great. I have talked myself out of them at least 3 times but I think I am just going to go ahead and get them and get it over with.
just get it over with...buffalosorrow
Mar 4, 2003 5:10 AM
I had ordered my from uk Deeside, last time I placed an order.

A few months ago as I was looking at prices, I remember finding pairs for $100??

This is how I rationalized, the dia-comps v's are $60, the 105 and exage levers have always, numbed my hands. I believe cycling should be enjoyable, or at least comfortable. i.e right levers for the individual,saddle and stem length/ rise included.

Just get them, feel good about yourself. Your worth it!
Their on the way, Thanks!! (nm)James_M
Mar 4, 2003 1:01 PM
re: Campy Carbon Brake Levers??atpjunkie
Mar 3, 2003 3:42 PM
they'll handle a spill or 2 on concrete or asphalt. The levers won't be exposed to the same forces as a seat post or bars and as a fellow non lightweight I also avoid most Carbon pieces. The levers won't be an issue unless you crash into something. Then again, they are Campy and you can replace broken parts and rebuild.
parts pricesbuffalosorrow
Mar 4, 2003 5:20 AM
yeah, I looked into replacing the body and was $60 from my lbs and $40 from Branford. The levers new are $100-120. I would make money on selling the spare on ebay.....

Other from that, noted that they do not have springs inside, like other campy levers. Does'nt bother me.
re: Campy Carbon Brake Levers??flyweight
Mar 4, 2003 2:10 PM
I've taken many spills on mine, both on-road and off. The levers are now nicely scuffed up but working fine. I'd bet they're at least as strong as any aluminum lever. Generally speaking, carbon is stronger than aluminum - not weaker. They use the stuff for rotor blades on combat helicopters and in body armor, both of which see a lot more stress than any bicycle. If you have a choice between two parts that weigh the same and one is aluminum and one is carbon you'd be better off with the carbon part. All the carbon parts I've seen break failed due to being "stupid light" or were bonded with another material (such as aluminum) rather than being all carbon.

I've got a pair of Kestrel dropbars that weigh a hair over 200 grams. I've pounded the daylights out of them with no problem for a year now. I could never do that with a 200g aluminum bar!
one other benefitChazWicked
Mar 6, 2003 10:05 AM
The carbon levers don't conduct heat like alumimum. So, on brisk days, your hands will be warmer. It's not a huge thing but another little perk. I have yet to really bash the levers so I don't know how strong they are but campy's approach of replace specific pieces vs. shimano's throw away whole unit (or pair!) helps mitigate this risk. Also the other post that carbon is stronger vs. aluminum is the truth.