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Top Mount levers, Yea or Nay?dpb
Apr 14, 2003 8:54 PM
Okay folks, you've got me curious. I've seeon some pictures, read a few paragraphs. Now how about some real feedback over here?

I don't ride 'cross persay, but I do about 70-30 road-trail.

I'm upgrading my cross rig, just about ready to ride. New Crank (FSA), BB, Handlebar (Salsa moto Ace Bell Lap). Nice. But is it worth picking up some Tektro top-mount levers to finish off this years spending spree? 88g, $50 cdn. I'm all for standing out in a crowd...but am I gonna use these things or are they just going to sit idle, and increase the ol' wind resistance / weight on those century outings?

I'd really like to hear both sides of the story on this one. Who loves 'em, who hates 'em and why? How is installation? Kudos to tektro for the hinged clamp....

Cheers,
Damian Bradley
Empella experience...Stampertje
Apr 15, 2003 1:26 AM
I have the Froggleggs on my Surly. They weigh next to nothing, don't catch much wind and installation is a breeze so don't let that stop you. With my computer and a bell mounted on my bars I don't have any more room for aerobars though. (On a Surly. As if!)

That said - I found that I rarely use them on the trails. I just feel a lot more stable with my hands on the hoods or even in the drops. But I absolutely *love* them in traffic or even in group rides when there are a lot of lights or dangerous intersections. The upright position gives you a better overview of traffic and you can still hit the brakes when you need to. They also pull a bit more cable than the STI levers.

If you do feel you have more control on the tops on hairy descents, you might use them off-road as well. I don't, but I won't be taking them off my bike anytime soon.
65.141.183.254cyclochip
Apr 15, 2003 7:08 AM
Specialized levers here...
Specialized levers here...cyclochip
Apr 15, 2003 7:09 AM
I picked up a pair of Specialized top-mounts from my local shop (a take-off from a touring bike they sold).
The only way I'll remove them is to upgrade and buy a nicer pair.

I mainly use them on the trails. I don't feel super comfortable on fast descents all the way down in the drops, so the top-mounts give me tons more confidence in that aspect.
On the streets, I ride mainly on the hoods, but quite often I'll find myself up top for whatever reason, and I always have a finger on the top-mount lever.

As far as weight / drag goes I can't imagine you'd be able to tell a difference. If you can, then you're taking riding a whole heck of a lot more serious than I do. :)

Installation was fairly easy for me. The Specialized ones have a bit more difficult clamp (a slotted clamp you have to slide on sideways) vs. the Tektros. I paid about the same price as the Tektros run for mine. If I had it to do over I'd get the Tektro models.
Yeahaimish
Apr 15, 2003 8:20 AM
Installation wasn't too bad, you just have to be patient in cutting down the cable housing to get a smooth cable run to minimize friction. I think it took me about 5 or 6 tries before I got it, taking off just a bit at a time.
For trail riding I seem to only use them on slower technical downhills; for really fast stuff it's just feels a lot more stable to have your hands out wider/lower. But they're great for riding in traffic-easier and quicker to reach. After I've been riding the cross bike for awhile and switch back to the regular road bike I find myself grabbing for where the top-mounts would be-might be time to get a set for the roadie, too.
re: Top Mount levers, Yea or Nay?flyweight
Apr 15, 2003 8:28 AM
I've got them on my bike and love them. They're especially good when you're traversing the side of a slope. On downhills I find that I'm either in the drops or on top so they're good for that as well. Finally, it's nice having them in traffic.

They're not just for cross bikes. Our shop has installed them on a number of road bikes and I noticed several riders using them at Paris-Roubaix this weekend.
re: Top Mount levers, Yea or Nay?atpjunkie
Apr 15, 2003 9:52 AM
have 2 sets, 1 on each bike. love them. great for commuting and I actually use them descending. They seem to have more pucker than my reg. levers and I can get my a$$ back for steep MTB style descents. I also found for singletrack I could ride in the tops and pump the bike more efficiently through the trail. This allowed me to make or put time on my competitors in races with such conditions. Also noticed in P.R. this weekend. All in all a great addition, they weigh nothing and must have very little drag.
Single best upgrade I've done...The Walrus
Apr 15, 2003 3:56 PM
My only experience is with the Tektros; I bought one set just to try them out, and liked them so much that I bought three more pairs and installed them, too. I prefer to stay on the top of the bar on singletrack or in traffic, and these are perfect.

Incidentally, I hate to toot Supergo's horn, but they're carrying the Tektros for $19.95 a set,
i way
less than I've seen anywhere else.
Single best upgrade I've done...KEN2
Apr 15, 2003 9:13 PM
Can the Tektros be made to work without primary levers, i.e. can the cable end be installed directly on the bar top lever, dispensing with regular road levers?
I think so...The Walrus
Apr 16, 2003 12:08 PM
...should be a thread on this topic down the page somewhere. As I recall, this approach was considered the hot setup by bike messengers.
Link to the thread...The Walrus
Apr 16, 2003 12:15 PM
ralbert "Paul's top mounts as stand-alone levers??" 4/10/03 10:53am
You just had to mention...cyclochip
Apr 16, 2003 1:28 PM
You just had to mention Supergo's price, didn't you? ;)

Anyone wanna buy a gently used pair of Specialized top-mount levers for like $10, shipped? =)
You just had to mention...dpb
Apr 16, 2003 3:03 PM
I'm riding a specialized M4-CX s-works frame...these would match quite nicely. I might actually be interested if you're serious about selling...

Drop me a line at dbradley@kingston.net either way..

Cheers,
Damian Bradley
re: Top Mount levers, Yea or Nay?mackgoo
Apr 17, 2003 7:28 AM
I gut'em. I love em. Use em all the time.