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Shimano brake levers

plugp7plugp7 Posts: 298
edited October 2013 in MTB buying advice
Fitted a set of M596 brakes a few months ago and I can't get use to the ridiculously small levers blades. Was thinking of swapping the levers for a longer one but lbs say that there are non with longer levers in Shimano range that will match to the calipers.
Any suggestions for a suitable Shimano lever or is it a complete set change to a different brand?
Cotic Soul 26 inch. Whyte T130

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    There are none AFAIK. You only need one finger.
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  • felix.londonfelix.london Posts: 4,067
    small brake levers are good.

    Saying that I'm sure you could whack an older model Shimano lever on there, no?

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  • lawmanlawman Posts: 6,868
    Stick with them. The new shimano brakes are the best on the market and are the levers are best used with just one finger it's all you need. If you don't one finger brake atm, try altering your set up and seeing if you find it more comfortable. I love the lever shape, by far and away the best on the market by a distance.

    Then again I've just realised your location and being a northerner you're probably experiencing an allergic reaction to using something other than Hope brakes :wink:
  • felix.londonfelix.london Posts: 4,067
    lawman wrote:
    Stick with them. The new shimano brakes are the best on the market and are the levers are best used with just one finger it's all you need. If you don't one finger brake atm, try altering your set up and seeing if you find it more comfortable. I love the lever shape, by far and away the best on the market by a distance.

    ..but +1 to All Of This ^^^
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  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    Try moving the brakes inwards a bit till your braking finger (Usually Index finger) sits naturaly without stretching into the hook of the lever.
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  • plugp7plugp7 Posts: 298
    Guess this is a personal thing cos I've tried moving the levers every which way and I'm still not happy. They are not uncomfortable and yes they work very well. I guess I like my brake levers like I like my women, when I squeeze em I like a hand full. I'll stick with them a while longer and see if I can live with them.
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