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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:50 pm 
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My Raleigh Gran Sport build is nearing completion, with only brakes and pedals left to source. Build thread is here:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1754454#1754454

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I want to fit a set of aero non-sti brake levers, with black hoods. I originally wanted to fit a set with drilled or slotted levers, but it seems as though those went out of fashion before aero came into fashion.

Can anyone recommend a set which will broadly match the quality of the kit I've fitted to date (mostly Dura Ace, Record and Ultegra) and not have to sell a kidney to get hold of? I'm running it with a temporary set of Exages but they are fugly.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:34 pm 
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Looking at the period Shimano bits fitted, I'd be fitting either Ultegra 6400/Dura Ace 7400 aero levers from 1987-1989.

http://www.velobase.com/CompImages/BrakeLevers/F7DCE964-9162-4228-B530-1A462AB398C8.jpeg

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o222/hpsworkshop/Shim600leversNOS.jpg


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:42 pm 
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I use dura ace 7400 slr on my Olagnero and they are lovely...but came across a pair of Exage ( much cheaper and NOS knocking about ) which I'd be hard pressed to tell apart on a blind test, except the exage has slight comfier padded hoods. 10 cents :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:59 pm 
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Thanks for the ideas... I should have mentioned that I'm set on getting monoplaner calipers. I would have like to have gotten campy levers to go with these, but the campy/aero/black/non-sti venn diagram only seems to have one item in it, and non of those have come up for sale lately.

Those D-A levers look awfully nice, but I imagine the price tag will reflect that...


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:10 pm 
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I paid £25 for the DA

These are from germany £23 posted ( got the wrong closeups in the listing...)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shimano-Exage ... 232420cc85

even better some xlnt 600s
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shimano-600-U ... 35c2b8c052


Do you not need matching levers for monoplaners that increase the pull as you increase grip? something in my memory jogs...


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:47 pm 
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In which case, I'd be going Campag levers

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1912028-VINTAGE-PAIR-CAMPAGNOLO-RECORD-C-BRAKE-LEVERS-c-1990s-/290833650658?pt=UK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR&hash=item43b70953e2

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAMPAGNOLO-BRAKE-LEVERS-AERO-OR-CABLE-OUT-TOP-/221168084198?pt=UK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR&hash=item337ea524e6

It has to be said that the component Gods will not be happy about you mixing Shimano and Campag :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:05 pm 
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I know, I'm trying to annoy the purists with an authentic shimpagnolo gruppo :wink:


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How about 6400 non aero levers. These are a stock item in the shop. I also keep 6401 levers.

Anyhow where ever you get them from these are fab levers and would be my choice if using shimano kit.

Campag levers from the late 80's or early 90's would also suit. They also work well but I prefer to use these on build that use campag components.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:32 pm 
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bm0p700f wrote:
How about 6400 non aero levers. These are a stock item in the shop. I also keep 6401 levers.

Anyhow where ever you get them from these are fab levers and would be my choice if using shimano kit.

Campag levers from the late 80's or early 90's would also suit. They also work well but I prefer to use these on build that use campag components.

can't see them on the website? price? :)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:34 pm 
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Thanks, but I'm dead set on aero levers; I'm basically building the bike I dreamt of when I was 15 yrs old, and back then aero was everything.


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