Rated 4 out of 5 by faemili Excellent feel (especially compared to Dia Compe 287s)
Don't get me wrong, I've been riding with 287's for 3 years and have had absolutely no problems. For the money, they're bang on. However, you can really tell the difference in feel when 'upgrading' to the Cane Creek V Brake levers.
For a start the hoods are a different – read, much better – shape. I found then to be much more comfortable and gave a much better transition (for me). I like the embossed lizards and logo too. The same can be said about the levers, with a flared design that make them much more ergonomic.
On a cosmetic note, the all black version looks the business too.
Set-up is simple. I can't say I noticed any real different in overall braking, but (a) they're going through existing cross top levers and (b) they're pulling the same cable through to the same BB7 disc brakes that I keep regularly aligned. I didn't expect to feel much difference on this front.
Where they do get a con is on rolling back the hood covers when wrapping the bars. I rolled back gently, and the hood split. Luckily I stopped as soon as I noticed, so the split was only about 10mm long. I decided to wrap the tape over the levers instead of under which hid the split and actually looked pretty slick. (Black Zipp Service Course CX Bar Tape).
Bottom line: Feels quality but be careful when rolling back the hood (although I may have just had a dodgy one).
06 April 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by halfmanhalfcykel good quality
No problems at all. Nice quality finish. Mount and forget
19 January 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous A fantastic pair of brake levers for riders who want to use linear pull brakes. I uses SHIMANO XT Linear pull brakes for my bike.
I fixed these levers on my drop bars for my SURLY CROSS CHECK and they worked perfect. Good braking power. Grip size are suitable for Asians or those with small to medium sized hands. The hoods are non-slippery even when you cycle in the rain.
In my opinion, feel good, work well and ergonomically design.
18 May 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous Still needs more cable pull dammit, moooooore!
After a few months of riding, I'm increasingly bothered by the unsufficient amount of cable pull. I found out I could only easily block the wheels at rel. low speeds and when more braking power is required (high speed), you just have to pull the lever all the way in with min 2 fingers. You can imagine this doesn't get better as the pads wear (and there's no adjustment barrels off course). These are far from perfect...
11 April 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous @DawgRider: FYI, the "neat little pushpin which gives two settings" (just above the pivot point in pic)is a release pins that allows to put slack on the cable if you want to release a wheel. But yes I gave it a thought (not a try) to use them as you suggest, because when set up with my xt v-brakes (parallel link) it feels like the brakes need more lever pull then I would like ( however the wheel isn't exactly true at this moment, so brake shoes are quite far apart). Positive side: I use these on a moustache bar and can block my wheels with 1 finger in a controlled way. Spongy but very powerfull at NO effort.
03 January 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous 'V' Brakes for Drop Bars
These brakes do actually work without the need for in-line 'Power Boosters'. They aren't the most comfortable to hold on the hoods as the top is a bit pointed. However they do come with a neat little push pin which gives two settings, close or far reach. These levers are good; I spent a long time looking around before buying and I couldn't find a better product for less than £80.
19 August 2010
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