Koski Engineering Power Curve Brake Levers Brake Lever

3.67/5 (12 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Ergonomic "2 1/2 finger" design
  • Light weight
  • Black body with silver blade
  • Adjustable reach
  • Weight: 76g


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by David C a All Mountain Rider from Montreal

    Date Reviewed: March 4, 2012

    Strengths:    Good ergonomic, good power and still working good after 12 years without cleaning yet.

    Weaknesses:    Blades have vertical play, and you can't take the whole thing apart since it's riveted.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good levers, comfy and decent power, but the slack blades can really be annoying for some. Since I like to take my full bike apart, the blade pivot being a rivet suxx, but doesn't make the levers any bad. Just one less chili for the slack blades.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Stock on bike (GT XC

    Similar Products Used:   Tons of generic cheap plastic/metal levers, Tektro MT 3.0 and Avid SD 7.

    Bike Setup:   Stock '00 GT XCR 3000 (XC bike)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve from Wisconsin

    Date Reviewed: August 12, 2005

    Strengths:    -Lightweight
    -Fairly strong
    -Good looks
    -Comfort


    Weaknesses:    -The lever wobbles a bit

    Bottom Line:   
    These are pretty strong levers for how lightweight they are. I have taken some pretty nasty falls on them and they are just fine. I had trouble with one of them after I crashed, but it was nothing a little tinkering couldnt handle. (routine maintainance if you ask me) I have a disc in front and regular ol v's in the back and the levers work good for both. The wobble is not really a problem with me, since it gives me something to play with on the straights. All in all they are good XC levers for the price. However I wouldnt use these for DH or FR.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Wolfeboro, NH

    Date Reviewed: July 31, 2004

    Strengths:    Light. Good finger hold (ergonomically optimised).

    Weaknesses:    Look somewhat flimsy. Small amount of up & down play.

    Bottom Line:   
    These levers came with rear v-brakes as stock components on my steed. The v-brakes were changed out for an avid mechanical, and the levers stayed on the bike. I like them.
    They do the job, and my fingers have never slipped off at inopportune times. Lots of riding + a few endos/crashes = koski levers still going strong, but I will upgrade when they break. 5 burning Christmas trees for value, 4 for overall (due to flimsy feel/look).

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Stock with V-brakes.

    Similar Products Used:   Various

    Bike Setup:   GT Avalanche (2000).

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by El Julioso a Cross Country Rider from Fredericton, NB, Canada

    Date Reviewed: October 20, 2003

    Strengths:    Light, inexpensive, comfortable

    Weaknesses:    Weak, limited range of adjustment

    Bottom Line:   
    I've had these levers since August '00, and finally broke them today. A regular five-year-old could bend them. I've had to bend them back parallel to the handlebars a few dozen times, and after a rather nasty endo today, the right lever was bent down about 60 degrees. When I bent it back, it snapped.

    They were pretty good levers up until now, but there's no excuse to use such crappy metal in lever blade construction. The housing is good, though, and I haven't had any problems with the pivots that some other reviewers have mentioned.

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    Favorite Trail:   O'Dell Park

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Lakeshore Cycle and Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Avid, Shimano

    Bike Setup:   '00 Schwinn Moab 1

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Fake Name a Cross Country Rider from Louisiana

    Date Reviewed: September 19, 2002

    Strengths:    INexpensive, functional, light

    Weaknesses:    Lose, unrefined, ugly

    Bottom Line:   
    Im going on record as a brake lever snob here...I refuse to ever get hydraulic brakes because the levers generally suck. I have some Avid SD 7's with some Avid mech discs and its the best stopping ive ever had. Anything Avid Makes, from the SD 7 on up, is the pinnacle of lever design. Tight, smooth, easily adjustable function, slightly textured levers, unmatched durability (unless youre an inept rider, then everything is easy to break) Anyway, these things arent really bad, especailly considering the price. They are just really rough arounf the edges. The adjustment feels awful, and has a range that is only a fraction of the avids, the levers are lose and have a fair amount of up/down play, which I really hate, but doesnt really affect my riding, the metal used is really light, but is very slippery. Short fingered gloves are a definate liability. The metal also feels kinda flimsy. I might be concerned if I endoed more often. A Shimano brake cable doesnt fit into the lever without a bit of sanding, though this is probably as much Shimanos fault as Koski's. Also, they look cheap, especially with the adjustment window. But, that having been said, they pull cable pretty well. The action is smooth (once you get through the millimeter or so of up-down lever play) and the hold well. The modulation controls suck at staying set, but with a careful eye on maintainance, the modulation is effective (if somewhat limited). These are a good buy for someone looking to build a custom bike with cheap components that wont kill them, or for someone who wants levers with modulation but without a 35 dollar price tag.

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    Favorite Trail:   your mom

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   jensonusa

    Similar Products Used:   Avid SD 7, Shimano LX, Tetro, promax,

    Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher kaitai

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by keen from bay area, ca

    Date Reviewed: August 24, 2002

    Strengths:    Fully adjustable, inexpensive.

    Weaknesses:    loose levers, cheaply made.

    Bottom Line:   
    You get what you pay for. I had to tighten the lever set screws before I installed them on my bike and will probably have to continue until the bushings or levers wear, whichever comes first.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   e-bay

    Similar Products Used:   tektro levers.


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Fremont

    Date Reviewed: February 25, 2002

    Strengths:    Cheap, light, powerful

    Weaknesses:    does look a little flimsy

    Bottom Line:   
    These are pretty good levers. They came stock and I'm not planning to change them. Love the ininately adjustable thing. Helps overcome the fact that the brakes are so damn powerful. Pins were coming out at first but once i tightened the hidden screws in the blades I've had no issues. Overall a good product. 4 turds overall coz they do look a little flimsy. First major wipeout will tell

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   came on bike

    Similar Products Used:   bunch

    Bike Setup:   Diamond Back XSL pro, XT/XTR throughout 'cept Koseki Brakes

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nicolas Allen a Weekend Warrior from Edmonton, AB, Can

    Date Reviewed: January 16, 2002

    Strengths:    Light, nice looking

    Weaknesses:    levers are loose

    Bottom Line:   
    I agree that the brakes are a little flimsy, the lever bounces around, however the pins are not coming out of mine, besides what do you expect for 15 bucks with shipping!!!!!! I like them, light, good looking, and hey if they do the job, who cares.

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    Favorite Trail:   Valley

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   other levers


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Seattle, WA

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2001

    Strengths:    Cheap I suppose

    Weaknesses:    P.O.S. the pins are always loose and vibrate out of the housing and levers on the trail.

    Bottom Line:   
    These levers are cheap and they show it. They are loose and vibrate all the time, the pivot pins have begun to bak out of the housing, I have to push them in while I am riding so the lever stays on. The only reason I still have them is cause I am saving up for discs. Don't waste your money (even a little of it)...these will no doubt dissapoint you sooner or later! Even schwinn switched to avid for the 2001 bikes.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano

    Bike Setup:   '00 Moab 1 These came stock on my bike and started coming apart on the second ride, they are nothing but crap

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Brendan a Cross Country Rider from PG, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: December 10, 2000

    Strengths:    Light weight, smooth braking, feels nice

    Weaknesses:    Blades look alittle flimsy

    Bottom Line:   
    Good Brake Levers

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    Favorite Trail:   Pebble Beach

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Sport Center Bicycles

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano

    Bike Setup:   GT XCR-3000 stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mountain Man a Cross Country Rider from Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 7, 2000

    Strengths:    Light, stiff, comfortable, smooth action, good looking

    Weaknesses:    ???

    Bottom Line:   
    Absolutely the best levers I have ever tried. Only slightly heavier than SRAM 9.0SL plastic levers, but more comfortable and flex-free. These levers are great, and are probably pretty cheap. Buy yourself some!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Bird Sanctuary

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Lakeshore Cycle and Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Avid SD 2.0L, SRAM 9.0SL(POS!!), Shimano crap

    Bike Setup:   '00 Schwinn Moab 1, Judy Race, LX/XTR, Syncros, Titec, Koski Levers and Brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Kyle Hume a Weekend Warrior from mission, B.C, Canada

    Date Reviewed: October 3, 2000

    Strengths:    very stiff, very resposive, a 100x better then my avids.

    Weaknesses:    no adjustable levrage

    Bottom Line:   
    I bent up my old avids and my friend who ownse a small bike shop had these sitting aeound. so i decide sincs i was getting a good price know would be a good tiime to replace the broken levers. Well when i replaced them i had know idea how muth better and more instant braking would be with just knew levers, they are grate and well worht 45 can. I dont know what they are in the states but that is a good price for me consider ing they out perform my friends XT's and those cost near to 100 can. another plus is that there light.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bair mtn.

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   freind

    Similar Products Used:   shimano XTR

    Bike Setup:   shwinn moab 3, XTR mavic D521 ano rims, XT v brakse, koski levers.

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