BombShell Proshift VC2 Brake Lever

4.57/5 (21 Reviews)
Weight : 57 grams MSRP : $45.00


Product Description

  • CNC'd from 6061 aluminum
  • Dual pivot design for you die hard canti folks
  • Swing type clamp so you don't have to remove you grips
  • Colors: silver, red, blue, black, ti.
  • PROSHIFT VC2 LEVER SET - Retail $88.00


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Johnny a Weekend Warrior from Chicago

    Date Reviewed: March 22, 2002

    Strengths:    light, responsiveness, installation

    Weaknesses:    still looking...

    Bottom Line:   
    The brakes are easy to install, lighter than most others, you can get them cheap (cambriabike.com), they accent your bike nicely, etc, etc... I didn't have a problem with the edges on mine so I didn't have to do any filing. If you adjust the brakes correctly you won't miss the spring return too.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   cambriabike

    Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR

    Bike Setup:   I use these with Avid Flak Jacket cables... perfect setup.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Mad Cyclist a Cross Country Rider from SW Herts, UK

    Date Reviewed: January 27, 2001

    Strengths:    Eyecatching, broad lever, lightweight, easy to install (hinged clamp), good modulation (with XTRs),

    Weaknesses:    That darn bolt that closes the clamp! Grr!

    Bottom Line:   
    This are lovely levers wich turns aficionado's heads. They look great and modulate well.
    OK, so thy don't have any modulation adjustment, but when was the last time you adjusted yours?!
    My only moan is the bolt that secures the clamp. It's at an awkward angle and it rounds of fairly easily.
    Apart from that, which is why I've deducted a chilli, well worth thinking about if you can get it at a knockdown price.

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    Favorite Trail:   Dartmoor, Morocco

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   FW Evans, London, UK

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR, Dia Compe PC7 EXA.

    Bike Setup:   DNA Ti frame, XTR brakes, X-Lite XC handlebars, Planet X grips, XT thumbies (honest) with blue anodised mounts

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Rod Angler a Weekend Warrior from planet of New Orleans

    Date Reviewed: October 9, 2000

    Strengths:    VERY light weight.
    Along with Precision Billet's pads, provide very good modulation.
    Longer than many levers.
    Hinged bar clamp precludes removing grips & shifters, so super easy to install.
    Levers machined from aluminum blocks.
    Color choices (anodized).
    Few others own these, if you care about such things.


    Weaknesses:    No spring return, relies on brake springs (but this keeps them light). This is a neutral thing for me, but some may consider a weakness.
    No leverage adjustment.
    Aluminum barrel adjuster needed to have threads chased, and was hard to rotate by hand.


    Bottom Line:   
    Very simple yet elegant levers available in some good colors, anodized aluminum.
    Good leverage.
    Good modulation, but I suspect Precision Billet's pads are 70% of this, lever setup maybe 30% max.
    Super easy & quick to install.

    Buy these if:
    1. You want longer, very lightweight levers.
    2. You don't need leverage adjustment.
    3. You have reasonably strong brake springs and cables in good shape, and don't need return springs in levers.
    4. Want better modulation (and want to move away from on/off tendencies of Shimano brakes and perhaps to a much lesser degree their levers)
    5. You don't mind filing / sandpapering the machined-out rear side of the levers to eliminate very sharp edges left from maching process (these guys need to add some CNC code to radius this area).
    6. Place a high premium on anodized aluminum colors and rarity.

    3.5 ignited piles of roadkill, since they had sharp edges, and had no spring return and no leverage adjustment, yet excelled in numerous areas.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hooper Rd

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria (bought as part of set though)

    Similar Products Used:   XT Levers w/ LX Brakes.

    Bike Setup:   '98 K2/Proflex 4000 w/ carbon fiber swingarm. Rest irrelevant for this review.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ken a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City, Utah

    Date Reviewed: September 24, 2000

    Strengths:    Perhaps the best power and modulation on the market, in a package that looks sharp and is lighter than anything out there.

    Weaknesses:    Finding them.

    Bottom Line:   
    There are other brake levers that do alright, but I think these decisively outperform everything else in just about everything you could think is important. The only possible exception might be Avid Ultimates which currently cost three times as much and (of all things) actually weighs more. I'm far from being a weight-weeny but I appreciate a company that doesn't settle for just beating the competition in one or two things and breaking even in others. With Precision Billet you get the best of everything rather than having to settle. Even the shape is nice. If all that wasn't good enough you even get to pick the color. These levers flat out rule.

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    Favorite Trail:   desolation lake

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Avid, Shimano, more Shimano, more Avid, and then a lot of miscellaneous less-memorables

    Bike Setup:   2000 RM Instinct w/ Atom 80, Precision V-brakes (anodized black, real mean-looking with the polished cryofit arch-sweet!)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Haoming chang a Racer from troy mi usa

    Date Reviewed: April 8, 2000

    Strengths:    awesome feel, super super lite, quite strong
    look pimp


    Weaknesses:    the bolts are rather soft, the hinge clamp is flexy, the machined out lever cut me

    Bottom Line:   
    these are the best levers possible for vbrake- i run discs and magura rim brakes so i dont use them anymore- id suggest replacing all the buttonhead bolts w. regular square heads and wearing full finger gloves so u dont cut your finger on the inside of the lever when u crash- either that or dont crash-
    flexes when u really brake really hard, but thats when im doing trials- when u ride xc its not even an issue
    light as hell 114g, hinge clamp design is so useful, really awesome direct feel for your brakes, and they hadd some power too-
    buy them if you've got hte $$ to drop

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    Favorite Trail:   lots

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   avid ultimate, xtr, xt

    Bike Setup:   nasty fast spooky darkside

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Ace a Racer from Orinda, Ca

    Date Reviewed: November 28, 1999

    Strengths:    
    The BEST brake lever out there. Much better stopping power than Paul's and XTR. Very lightweight and smooth.


    Weaknesses:    
    expensive $80 but worth it.


    Bottom Line:   
    Super braking power and smooth. Stop faster than XTR or Paul's. Very lightweight and smooth. extremely reliable

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    Duration Product Used:   
    1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   
    XTR, Kooka, Real, Paul



    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Darron a Racer from GA

    Date Reviewed: October 23, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Extremely strong braking power.


    Weaknesses:    
    expensive $90 set


    Bottom Line:   
    Tried and raced all the top line brake levers and we all race with Precision Billet. Why? like previous message, these the simply the BEST lever out there for the safest braking and control. Try XTR and Realx levers and then you will appreciated PB.

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    Duration Product Used:   
    1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   
    Paul, XTR, XT, RealX, Kooka


    Bike Setup:   
    Specialized M4 FSR Swork, Stock except for the PB brake lever and XTR crankset.

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by DrHog a Cross-Country Rider from Las Vegas, NV

    Date Reviewed: October 12, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Lightweight, great feel, power


    Weaknesses:    
    None yet


    Bottom Line:   
    I bought these levers after reading the reviews here, and the good reviews are true! I got them for $49, so press for that deal if you are catalog shopping. Installation was a snap, and they feel like they were tailor made for my SRAM shifter/XTR brake setup. I have never felt this much braking power, even with the old Maguras I used to own! These levers easily have enough power to modulate with one finger, but if you prefer to use 2, there is plenty of room on the lever. Nothing but sweet!

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    Favorite Trail:   
    Dry lake hills

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   
    XT levers


    Bike Setup:   
    ProFlex 857 with Crosslink, XTR brakes, Dave's wheels

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Jake a Cross-Country Rider from Colorado

    Date Reviewed: September 20, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Super Light and strong
    Better than XTR


    Weaknesses:    
    expensive


    Bottom Line:   
    These levers are simply amazing. Superlight and it really ROCKS in term of stopping power. Much much better than XTR lever. Great combination with XTR brakes. Don't get me wrong, XTR levers are extreme great levers, but PB levers are the ultimate levers.

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    Duration Product Used:   
    6 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    XTR, XT, Real X, Paul, Azonic


    Bike Setup:   
    Santa cruz xlight, 9sp XTR drive, XTR brakes with Precision Billet Levers, Chrisking, Superfly fork.

    Overall Rating:4
    Submitted by cooltop a Cross-Country Rider from arlington, VA

    Date Reviewed: June 22, 1999

    Strengths:    
    looks cool!
    very light
    clamp design


    Weaknesses:    
    cheap clamp screw
    cheap looks barrel adjusters


    Bottom Line:   
    I like 'em alot. have to be careful installing them so you and make sure the clamp is shut tight before turning the screw. These work much better than my XT levers did with my Non -shimno liner pull brakes. Finally, I got that feel and one finger action!!!There is little side to side play and the leaver itself seems more durable than the SRAM lever I almost bought to go with my new ESP set up. The levers fit well with the new ESP gripshifters and the anodized color is very sweet if your into that sort of thing!
    I have would like to have seen a better adjuster barrel but that might have increased
    their weight! I'll go with a very respectable 4 flamer rating because they could make a little improvement (not much) with a new version.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    leads out of my office

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   
    Shimano XT, LX
    Avid,
    Diacomp


    Bike Setup:   
    Cannondale Raven w' Hershey ELC linera pull brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Mousa a Weekend Warrior from California

    Date Reviewed: May 4, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Works better than any I've tried.
    Looks are cool as can be.


    Weaknesses:    
    None.


    Bottom Line:   
    Buy 'em, you won't regret it. They are smooth as butter.

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    Duration Product Used:   
    6 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    Shimano, Paul... among others.


    Bike Setup:   
    Boulton Jack Rabbit with a SID fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Buddy Guy Hendrix a Cross-Country Rider from H.B. California

    Date Reviewed: April 23, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Quality product(meaning it performs to it's specifications)
    Good to excellent modulation.
    Trick looking parts from the USA.


    Weaknesses:    
    Price may be a concern to the average buyer so look for deals, Cambria has the best price I have found.


    Bottom Line:   
    I would recommend these for the rider looking to phase out Shimano out of the picture and upgrade at the same time.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    The Maze at Canyonlands National Park

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   
    Shimano XT, though I like the Precision Billet levers way more.


    Bike Setup:   
    I ride a 97 Trek Y-5
    Manitou Pro C fork(Soon to be replaced with a Precision Billet Bombshell fork or hanebrink XC (sticker)$hock.

    Overall Rating:1
    Submitted by MISANTHROPICAL a cross-country rider from ALASKA

    Date Reviewed: December 13, 1998

    Bottom Line:   


    Not only are these ugly but they are faulty. My friend traded a set to me for a race face bb that I had layin around. The left lever snapped at the pivot point and I had to ride for 15 miles with only one brake.....fortunately for me it was the front brake lever that snapped...so I did not have to worry about going head over handle bars for using my brakes. It is a damn good thing I traded for these things....I'd never buy them they are bunk.

    Overall Rating:4
    Submitted by engleim a cross-country rider from Springfield Mo.

    Date Reviewed: November 10, 1998

    Bottom Line:   


    These Levers are Absolutely, and positively O.K.
    Not too shabby.....better than XTR better than Avid.
    The pivot is better than kookas which really sucks and they are stronger than kooka as well.
    These levers are nothing compared to Pauls or to Graftons.
    They are more bulky and awkward than the latter and they are not as sturdy feeling they don't have as strong as a pivot bolt as Graftons nor are they as adjustable. Also they aren't made of aircraft billet.

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Gary Roberts a cross-country rider from Tucson, Arizona

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 1998

    Bottom Line:   


    I've been riding some fairly gnarly and Rocky terrain for a couple month's. I knew I really liked the shape and feel of the levers right away, but I didn't know how much I had grown to like them until I felt some XT Levers in comparison. Wow! Huge difference! The Proshift's have me VERY spoiled. I have them mated with a set of XT V-Brakes and they respond wondefully to differing amounts of brake pressure. They stop on a dime and they are incredibly light weight! Try 'em, you'll like 'em! These levers are worthy!!!

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