Altek Vbrake Sharktooth Levers Brake Lever

4.83/5 (23 Reviews)


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Altek Vbrake Sharktooth Levers


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frank a Cross Country Rider from Huntington Beach CA

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2008

Strengths:    For my money, perfect caliper brake levers that found a new use

Weaknesses:    none, unless you count they don't make them any longer

Bottom Line:   
I converted to disc's not long ago, had XTR servowaves on AVID BB-7's. The servo part made the brakes really touchy. Lucked into a pair of these on eBay, (had them on my hardtail since 199.)
PERFECT pairing. Absolute ONE finger braking, had to move the mounts in a bit so I only used one finger. Perfect modulation, pull lots of cable so you can get the brakes set just right.

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Favorite Trail:   the one i'm on

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $78.00

Purchased At:   eBay vender

Similar Products Used:   XTR servos, AVID speedials,

Bike Setup:   Turner Burner w/four inch linkage - PUSHed TALAS - Nevegals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce Carpenter from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2007

Strengths:    Strength is the strength of these.

Weaknesses:    No longer made, SUCKERS!

Bottom Line:   
If you have these levers you know they rule and that everything else out there is crap. I'd probably only part with them for a top of the line full suspension. Beautifully made and lots of pull. Simple and strong design. I don't know why some company didn't buy Alteks design when they went under, or try to make something similar. I guess you can't improve perfection. I've been running them with XTR v's, but plan on getting some Avid single digit SL's. The XTR v's squeal like a stuck pig. I got these on a old bike with Paul front derailleur XTR rear for $300. Scrapped all the gears and now it's the lightest XC single speed possible.

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Favorite Trail:   tight fast single track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   from friend

Similar Products Used:   Wide variety of shimano crap.

Bike Setup:   1994 polished Cannondale Killer V single speed, Race Face crank w/ Salsa bash guard, 2004 Super Fatty Ultra w/lockout. Crazy Ringle hubs w/ ti bladed spokes. Altexk brake levers w/ XTR V brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Eckley a Weekend Warrior from Avon Lake, Ohio USA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2002

Strengths:    Brand New!! for $25.00 Buy them if you see them! I am running a pair of Avid Arch Rival Supreme's on another bike, they modulate as well if not better and I love the Arch supremes!

Weaknesses:    No longer manufactured.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome stopping power when used w/highend brakes. I'm running Gripshift 9.0sl work great w/ ODI ruffian lock on grips.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Internet Classified

Similar Products Used:   Avid Arch Rival Supreme

Bike Setup:   2001 GT Zaskar Team w/Rock Shox Sid Race Carbon. Running the levers w/avid mag v brakes w/gorrila booster in rear and Fishbones booster up front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ron Jelich a Cross Country Rider from Greensboro, NC USA

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2002

Strengths:    I've used this brake level for 5 years now, it is the BEST! Stiff as anything, modulates better than anything, pivot is bomb proof. Not a scratch on them, and they look FANTASTIC!

Weaknesses:    Only that I can't find them new anywhere so I can put them on my other bikes!

Bottom Line:   
If anybody steals my tricked out 957, I'm going to miss these brake levers the most!

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Favorite Trail:   Owl's Roost

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   On Pro*Flex 957

Similar Products Used:   SS-7, Shimano XT, LX

Bike Setup:   These things ROCK with XTR V-brakes!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark a Racer from new zealand

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2002

Strengths:    as everyone says,outstanding design and finish matched with outstanding performance,easy maintenance(I've taken them apart once in the 3yrs I've had them,and that was only out of curiosity!)strong pulling power,nice modulation

Weaknesses:    altek no longer exists

Bottom Line:   
I almost bought kookas the day I got these(phew!)
if you can find any second hand buy them,although I doubt many will be up for sale

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   shimano,tech-lite

Bike Setup:   trek 9.8 '02

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Larson a Cross Country Rider from Dahlonega, GA

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Awsome when used with Avid mechanical disk brakes. Use with XTR shift pods (remove optic display).

Light, strong, and very sharp. Nice modulation feel!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   internet classified


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by STP a Cross Country Rider from Palmdale CA

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2001

Strengths:    Unbelievable feel and modulation, beautiful craftmanship.

Weaknesses:    They don't make them anymore, the company is out of business...

Bottom Line:   
All the other reviewers were spot on! These levers do pull a ton of cable. There is no up or down slop to these levers at all. They are CNC'd works of art. I have the 2000 Avid SD-7's and just replacing the levers made a huge difference. The brakes suddenly have much more power. Instead of a so-so feel to them in the initial early braking, you get very responsive feedback. With the Avid's, as you pulled hard, the levers really felt dead, like nothing was happening. Sure the bike was slowing, but not how you were expecting it too. So hard braking with the Avid levers always left you unsure of where you were at on the braking curve. Not so with the Alteks. I can now go deeper, faster and harder into the corners because of the excellent feel of these brakes. They bring the Avid V-brakes to life. If you can find a pair in good condition used, I'd highly recommend them. Mine were an unused new pair. I happily traded a Homegrown frame for it.

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Favorite Trail:   Ave P Land

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, Avid 2.0 L and Avid SD-7's

Bike Setup:   K2 Razorback with all the goodies, including Thomson stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luis Poessy a Cross Country Rider from Miami, FL

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2000

Strengths:    These are the envy of everyone outhere using XTR's or anything else for v-brakes for that matter. The craftmanship on these is flawless, the action is super smooth and responsive. They pull tons of cable and are 26 grams each less than the XTR's. Not only are they bombproof and work great but they will make any bike with them on look extremely custom. Dont be a sheep and follow the herd, be unique and listen to what you just herd. "BUY THESE, IF YOU CAN FIND THEM"

Weaknesses:    Not found in every store, only in those looking to sell the best American made parts to rival the Japanese.

Bottom Line:   
These are the brake levers other levers wish to look like and perform like when they grow up.

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Favorite Trail:   Markham Park (Snakebite)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle & Fitness

Similar Products Used:   XTR's, Avid Ultimate's, Paul's.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 2000, Raceface Next LP's, Time ATAC Carbon pedals, Raceface System, LP Carbon/Kevlar riser bar, LP Seatpost, Selle Itlia Flight Gel Ti, Avid mechanical disk front, Precision Billet rear brakes, Crossmax disc wheel front, Crossmax composite side rear, Chris King headset, Panaracer XC Pro tires.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Green a Cross-Country Rider from NY

Date Reviewed: November 13, 1999

Strengths:    
design


Weaknesses:    
price


Bottom Line:   
very well designed, expensive but are built to last. Looks good to. Five flaming rats

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
avid, xtr


Bike Setup:   
rocky element

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by orthobiz a Cross-Country Rider from Cadillac

Date Reviewed: September 27, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, look good.


Weaknesses:    
None.


Bottom Line:   
Excellent product with no faults.

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Shimano.


Bike Setup:   
Cannondale Super V
Shimano XTR V Brakes (original)

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Roger a Weekend Warrior from WA

Date Reviewed: August 22, 1999

Bottom Line:   
These are without a doubt the best levers ever made. They are comfortable, stylish and make any set of V-brakes better. I was running a pair of Paul's because I couldn't find the Altek's. I got lucky and found a used pair via mtbr.com. I swapped the Paul's out and put the Altek's on and could not believe how much better the feel and function was. If you don't have a pair, get a pair.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Bicky a cross-country rider from Montana

Date Reviewed: March 2, 1999

Bottom Line:   


I have had these levers for two years now and I think they are the bee's knees.
They have developed a slight amount of play, but after two years they have
less than any shimano right out the box. Lots of pull, really stiff and look so
sweet. Spend the money and buy Alteks or join the dark side and buy Shimano
and find yourself shopping for new levers in two years.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by schwinnman a cross-country rider from New York

Date Reviewed: June 14, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Doesn't get any better than this folks!!! I've had mine a year now and can honestly say that there's no other lever I would buy. Nice tight tolerance in the machining of this part no slop at all, Plus the shark tooth does exactly whats claimed, providing odles of pull with v-brakes. It doesn't take much pull on this lever to get the brakes to contact the rim.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Grand Pooh Bear a cross-country rider from R.I. USA

Date Reviewed: April 22, 1998

Bottom Line:   


This lever is quite trick. It's very light, pulls gobs of cable, and looks nice. They dramatically increased the performance of my Marinovative brakes over the regular canti levers I was using. The only fault I can find is they do flex noticeably under heavy braking load. But they haven't broken, despite a few crashes, so the flex so far is not a problem.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a cross-country rider from Columbus, OH

Date Reviewed: April 18, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I love this lever. They are smooth and are very consistent. I love them. They fit with my grip shift much better then those crappy LX levers. I got them used for the price of XTR levers, and they are excellent. If you have some cash, go for these levers. I love them.

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