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It's this bike:

(Mine hasn't arrived in the mail yet)


I'm looking for a brake and lever.

Starting with the Lever:
I was hoping to use Paul's E Lever but the 31.7 bars are too much. My other options are:

-Paul's Cross Lever
-Tektro's Cross Lever
-your suggestions?

Or I can swap the bars and go with an E Lever.



To the brake calipers:
-Dura Ace in silver
-Tektro in black
-your suggestions?





Tektro stuff is more friendly on the checkbook. Paul's and Dura Ace are nicer. The cranks are DA so DA calipers will match. Or I can run the Tektro lever w/ DA Calipers.



What do you suggest?
 

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Tektro Lever and DA Brake.
I have both on my fixed gear and they are terrific.
 

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jmlapoint said:
Tektro Lever and DA Brake.
I have both on my fixed gear and they are terrific.
Thanks. I'm leaning towards the DA caliper. They are just so pricey. If I can get one to my door for $75 I'll do it.

I know you said Tektro, which one do you use?

What do you think of these?
http://store.icyclesusa.com/cyclocross-top-mount-c2054.aspx

I'm looking for something minimalist.
 

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In my opinion a brake is a brake. They all pretty much work the same regardless. The difference is in weight. My fixed gear has a no name brand (probably Formula or Origin 8) with no real problems.

As for levers. I like a longer handle on mine so I would kinda lean towards the Tektro lever. When it comes to compatibility I see no issues coming up since there should be no proprietary parts and it just needs a cable.
 

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Dave Hickey said:
It is drilled on the production models
Dave is correct.
I imagine that is a pretty stiff frame for a street bike...
I haven't seen any reviews on that particular bike so I'll let you guys know how it feels after a few hundred miles, stiffness and all. Then again, I did some centuries on an aluminum specialized s works and that didn't seem to bother my posterior.
waldo425 said:
In my opinion a brake is a brake. They all pretty much work the same regardless. The difference is in weight. My fixed gear has a no name brand (probably Formula or Origin 8) with no real problems.
I know. But part of me wants to match a dura ace caliper with the dura ace cranks. Then I'll take MOTOBECANE off the down tube and put DURA-ACE decals on the chainstays.
 

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I'm a terrible nerd for Italian kit. I've got NOS Gipiemme calipers and Tektro aero levers. It looks a little hinky on track bars but I've got hand positions out the ying-yang and great braking. I might swap the calipers out for some Campy's but I don't expect any real difference in performance.

$50 for a pair of Gipiemmes here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Old-Stock-G...Cycling_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3ef5a2af91
 
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