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Brake levers for traditional drop bars(6 posts)

Brake levers for traditional drop barscosmonaut
Jul 31, 2003 11:07 AM
I am in the process of building a fixie/ ss. The frame is a '79 lugged Trek. Because I am running a flipflop fix/free hub, I want two brakes. Does Shimano (or anyone) make brake levers/ hoods without the shifters? I like the feel of the current Ultegras, and since I use the hoods a lot when I'm riding I want to replicate this platform on my fixie.
Shimano and Tektro both make them. (nm)ss-nyc
Jul 31, 2003 11:23 AM
They do but...Jervis
Aug 3, 2003 6:11 PM
the brake only levers are rather uncomfortable compared to your Ultegras. The hoods are rather small in comparison and the top is kind of pointy (this is where I usually ride mine, at the top) I haven't been able to find any brake only levers that are as comfortable as STI's or Campys. Maybe if you had an old pair of shifters you could thrown on there, or just use your STIs without cables....

Pricey solution, and some cheap ones...spincircles
Aug 5, 2003 6:25 AM
Campy makes Record carbon brake only levers. They'll run you about $100 online. They look cool, and are just the record levers minus all the shifter guts. The hoods they come with are even cut for the sti thumb pivot. Another option is Icycles USA. They sell tiagra shifter sets for $60. You can buy em, strip off what you can, and run them as break levers only. Also could post here or on rec.bicycles.marketplace requesting anyone's old shimano sti shifters that have ceased to shift and are worthless to them now. LBS might have some they'd let you have too.
better cheaper....Steve_0
Aug 11, 2003 12:01 PM
dia compe and modulo, shimano nos. all can be had for under 40 buckeroos.
Get thee to thy LBS.KG 361
Aug 15, 2003 9:38 AM
I picked up a used set of Shimano 600's (the precurser to Ultegra) for $15. He had many to pick from and these looked almost new.