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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:04 am 
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mikee wrote:
they start life as dia-compe ss7's
then x-lite mill the hell out of them
original weight weenieing


Not quite as glamorous as DiaCompe SS7s, they were originally tektro!

Tektro, note the swoopy line under the pivot bolt - same as the X-lite:

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Dia compe:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:08 pm 
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I had some. Hated them. Thought they were too flexy and was worried the clamps were going to snap under a hard braking.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:30 pm 
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OMG! I've still got a set of those Tektro's on my Orange P7...the red anodising has worn down and now they're pink!!..

Are they Sh't or are they ok? What would be a good replacement for them if i wanted to upgrade?? I have old school XTR Canti brakes


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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:49 pm 
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As dbmtb says, they do feel a little flexy in my view, although I've had no problems resultantly. The quality of the levers themselves is not as good as Dia-Compe or Shimano though... I think they're great levers for a budget custom finish - particularly if you want some Brit bits.

Dia-Compe SS7s or SS5s, or Shimano XT or DX (or XTR depending on your gear shifters) levers are all amongst the suitable replacements.

There are other, pricier options - Grafton or Paul's for instance.

Take a look through the builds via the forum for inspiration!


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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 2:36 pm 
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I've got some mint blue Dia-Compe SS7 that I no longer need if anyone is interested :)


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Do you get V brake SS7's?


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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 5:57 pm 
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The Ken wrote:
Do you get V brake SS7's?


Nope, canti only


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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 8:31 pm 
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Dia-Compe made drilled SS-5s as well which were very cool "budget-custom"


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