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Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers

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These feature a lighweight, ergonomic design.
  • Long cable pull for linear pull or mountain cable actuated disc brakes For use with liner pull brakes
  • Forged aluminum lever w/ quick release
  • Available in silver/black or black black
  • Sold as a pair (two levers)
  • 272 grams/pair
 
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Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers
 
4.1

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (4)
  • Great stopping power (4)
  • Sturdy design (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road biking (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great brake levers: Buy them.

    I love these levers. Probably the best cost : functionality ratio of any component on my bike. I have a fixie, but prefer to have brakes (not just for safety, but for...Read complete review

    I love these levers. Probably the best cost : functionality ratio of any component on my bike. I have a fixie, but prefer to have brakes (not just for safety, but for the hand position created by the levers).

    The one (fairly) minor drawback was that the plastic "hood bodies" were formed in such a manner that they couldn't clear the ends of the bar tubes. There was too much plastic in the way. A poor mold design on Tektro's part. I took some 60-grit sandpaper and wrapped it around a magic marker and was able to sand-away enough plastic to finally allow the levers to slide onto the bars. You literally need to do the work that the manufacturer should have already done to their mold-blank.

    But the levers are really inexpensive, and cost literally the same as my Dia-Compe levers did back in 1984. They are very comfortable and very stable.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good until I used them

    I bought these because they were cheaper than the Cane Creek models brake hoods. The pull is a little harder than the Cane Creeks I have on another retro bike that I built up,...Read complete review

    I bought these because they were cheaper than the Cane Creek models brake hoods. The pull is a little harder than the Cane Creeks I have on another retro bike that I built up, but that could be because those brakes are a different brand. That isn't the main issue they do stop fine but that is also because I installed a set of Cool Stops brake shoes. Where the rub is I have only put 200+ miles on these and both brake hoods have loosened up twice, the first time it happened I thought it was me not getting it tight enough but since then I concluded its because I do put my weight on the hoods. The newer bikes I ride have 105 and Ultegra brake/shifters and the other retro bike with the Cane Creeks have not had this issue after thousands of miles. If I could do it again I would have spent the extra money and gone with the Cane Creeks.

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    4.0

    Ergonomic!

    By kuhndog96

    from columbus, ohio

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Lightweight
    • Sturdy Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

      These levers feel real nice. Very sturdy as well. Used them on a single spreed conversion. The all black is also a nice touch.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Hard to beat for the price

      By StlWalnut

      from St. Louis, MO

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Stopping Power
      • Handles Elements Well

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • commuting
      • Cyclocross
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

      Comfortable and powerful. I use them on my SS Cross bike, so I spend a lot of time on the hoods. Quick release is nice and the levers feel nice and ergo when braking.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      2.0

      Cheap, but uncomfortable

      By Seb

      from Ottawa, Canada

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Hard To Install
      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

      • Beater
      • Commuter
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

      These levers are decent for the price, but you can tell it's not a quality product. If you were building on a budget, then these should serve you fine. But if you're going to be relying on these for a while (e.g. touring), then I'd look at other levers.

      Fit-wise, these are uncomfortable at times. The peaks rise very abruptly and the platform has a very narrow profile that tends to dig into the webbing of your hand. It is nothing like the wide Shimano Brake-Shifter feel at all. Gloves help though.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Levers

      By Cool Chris

      from Wasatch Front, Utah

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Great Stopping Power
      • Sturdy Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

        I am using these on my BB7 disc brakes and they are great. Discs need a long pull and these did the trick. Easy to put on and great stops.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Great brake levers: Buy them.

        By Patrick

        from Glendale, AZ

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

            I love these levers. Probably the best cost : functionality ratio of any component on my bike. I have a fixie, but prefer to have brakes (not just for safety, but for the hand position created by the levers).

            The one (fairly) minor drawback was that the plastic "hood bodies" were formed in such a manner that they couldn't clear the ends of the bar tubes. There was too much plastic in the way. A poor mold design on Tektro's part. I took some 60-grit sandpaper and wrapped it around a magic marker and was able to sand-away enough plastic to finally allow the levers to slide onto the bars. You literally need to do the work that the manufacturer should have already done to their mold-blank.

            But the levers are really inexpensive, and cost literally the same as my Dia-Compe levers did back in 1984. They are very comfortable and very stable.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Love these levers!

            By Michael

            from Michigan

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Great Stopping Power
            • Sturdy Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

              I have used these on two different touring bikes with linear pull brakes. They work very well and are superbly made for the price. I highly recommend them for anyone running bar end or downtube shifters on a touring or road bike with linear pull brakes!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              comfortable, great value

              By T Should

              from Orlando, FL

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good Ergonomics
              • Sturdy Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

                  Either riding on the hoods or in the drops, these feel like a more expensive road lever.

                  I'm running these on my cyclocross bike with Hayes Cx-5 disc brakes. I was worried at first because I've heard a lot of complaints about the few short pull mechanical disc brakes on the market, but this combo seems to work fine. Plus my whole braking system came in under $150.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  1.0

                  Good until I used them

                  By woolfie

                  from Mesa AZ

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Design

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

                  I bought these because they were cheaper than the Cane Creek models brake hoods. The pull is a little harder than the Cane Creeks I have on another retro bike that I built up, but that could be because those brakes are a different brand. That isn't the main issue they do stop fine but that is also because I installed a set of Cool Stops brake shoes. Where the rub is I have only put 200+ miles on these and both brake hoods have loosened up twice, the first time it happened I thought it was me not getting it tight enough but since then I concluded its because I do put my weight on the hoods. The newer bikes I ride have 105 and Ultegra brake/shifters and the other retro bike with the Cane Creeks have not had this issue after thousands of miles. If I could do it again I would have spent the extra money and gone with the Cane Creeks.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Great on a budget

                  By Andrew

                  from Madison, WI

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Drop-bar mountain bike

                      Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

                      I have a pair of these on a Surly Fargo and will shortly be building up another drop-bar mountain bike. If you want to use discs and drops, these with bar-ends are the way to go. Comfortable on the hoods (not that I ride on them often), ergonomic levers so I can easily grab them while in the drops. No durability issues so far despite numberous crashes.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great levers.

                      By DerrickP

                      from Lexington, KY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • cheap
                      • Great stopping power
                      • Works with v-brakes

                      Cons

                      • Slightly Uncomfortable

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tektro RL520 Ergo Brake Levers:

                        I put these on a Surly Long Haul Trucker. I wanted lots of stopping power with v-brakes and they delivered. For the cost, I'm not sure how you could do any better. They are ever-so-slightly less comfortable when riding on the hoods than my pricey brake levers. But I don't think you'll find a better deal. These would be perfect for someone wanting to build up a secondary cheap build.

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