Paul Components Love Levers Brake Lever

4.22/5 (51 Reviews)
Weight : 118 grams (pair) MSRP : $130.00


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Product Description

The Paul Love Levers are made in USA from billet 6061-T6 aluminum, The Love lever uses the traditional pivoting handle to pull the brake cable. The clamp piece is cut from a single piece of aluminum with a 3" length, a 1" height and just over a 1/2" width. The clamp itself is cut leaving a 1.5mm thick wall to surround the handlebar. The handle section is nicely machined leaving smooth edges and lines. Unlike the mass produced lever sets, the Love Levers don't have a return spring so the springs in the brake arms will have to close the lever. The area for finger grip is 65mm long and intended for three fingers.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by futska a Weekend Warrior from Palm Bay, FL

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2010

Strengths:    strength, simplicity, stylish, construction

Bottom Line:   
I received these in '95 as a gift from my dad. They are indestructible. I have gone down numerous times and barely scratched these levers, let alone diminish their function. The only reason I changed levers was because I had canti levers being used with a short-to-long pull adapters. They feel great! Paul still sells these and parts for them, relatively unchanged from the design I bought 15 years ago. I'll probably own a new set of the compact levers soon.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   avid, ritchey logic


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by steadite a Weekend Warrior from Erie, PA

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2009

Strengths:    Beautiful CNC construction, smooth operation, tight clearances (no slop).

Weaknesses:    $$$

Bottom Line:   
I use these levers with my BB7 disks. They are amazingly smooth and really transformed the brakes in terms of feel and power. I no longer even wish for hydraulics...

I think the people talking about return springs are off base...you don't want the lever pushing the cable back, you want the brakes pulling the cable back (it's like pushing on a rope). If you think you need a return spring, then you need to clean your brakes, or install new cables IMO.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   Titus Motolite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TurboWookiee a Cross Country Rider from Washington Pa usa

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2008

Strengths:    lightweight, bike art, sexy, quality,craftsmenship

Weaknesses:    soft aluminum, very ease to break if ur a abusive rider,

Bottom Line:   
i recieved my love lever as a 18th bday gift from my dad, i love them i've had them for over 10yrs now and they still rock as much as the day i got em, too boot there anodized red which are uber rare now. paul makes such a amazing component period. customer service is top notch i just lost a piece to my moto litles and they had me a new brake 4days later. pauls a awesome dude to deal with make top notch american made parts. A+++

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Favorite Trail:   bavington 5pts loop

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   wheelcraft ltd

Similar Products Used:   avid's shimanos, sram's kooka,

Bike Setup:   trek steel hardtail, fisher FS race bike

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by jules biker a Racer from lions desert

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2008

Strengths:    craftmanship, design, lightest brake levers

Weaknesses:    no return spring

Bottom Line:   
yes theyre light and pretty, but function like crap without a return spring, they feel sluggish and my xtr v brakes felt like loosing power, never felt confident with the pauls. If these lever had a return spring, they would be the best. To me the pauls are like a ferrari that has a weak engine, or a nice designed hluse that doesen´t work, how good is a pretty design and perfect craftmanship if it don´t work???, bought new xtr levers and feel back at home again. Sorry Paul.

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Favorite Trail:   chiluca, mexico

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   trade

Similar Products Used:   xt, xtr, tektro, sram 9.0 composite

Bike Setup:   salsa moto rapido, full xtr, sid race, mavic 517 ceramic rims, thomson seatpost, stans tubless, titanium bolts

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam Hunt a Cross Country Rider from Berkeley CA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2007

Strengths:    Light, well made, can be rebuilt. Works best with Paul brakes but works well with others too.

Weaknesses:    Soft aluminum, can scratch or be easily if over torqued.

Bottom Line:   
I've used Paul's original short pulls with Stop Lites and Cross Tops, and their new long pull Love Lever 2.5s and Love Levers Compacts and I've had good experience with them they may not be for ever one. The Compacts work great for a single speed because you don't need to have the lever reach around a shifter.

One of the things Paul recomends is to help prevent damage to the levers in case of a crash is to have just enough torque to keep the levers in place on the bars but loose enough to move if you really smack them with the palm of your hand.

I'd love to see Paul make a long pull lever for road bikes because the Dia Compe long pull road levers suck.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Various places and times

Similar Products Used:   Shimanos, Avids, Suntours, DiaCompes, just about every lever out there for mechanical brakes.

Bike Setup:   Too many but never enough.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james a Cross Country Rider from castro Valley CA

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2005

Strengths:    Lightweight, simple, looks great, comfortable, great anodization

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
great product, great looks reliable design

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   shimano LX, avid, magura

Bike Setup:   Kona Pahoehoe

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by loonyOne a Cross Country Rider from Waterloo, IA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2005

Strengths:    Very light, great anodizing, solid feel, great modulation, bombproof.

Weaknesses:    A tad 'catchy' on the CNC'd void on the back of the lever, older style with brass bushings

Bottom Line:   
These were on my Bontrager when I bought it and I just never really had any urge to replace them, so I kept 'em...the next best bike decision I've made outside buying the Bontrager. These are damn fine brake levers! The only thing I would really do to them is replace them with a new set that have cartridge bearings. For anyone willing to spend the coin to get them, they are an excellent product that will last a lifetime. You get what you pay for. Great product made in the good ol' USofA.

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Favorite Trail:   Ulrich & Sugarbottom

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   GuitarTed's basement 'o rama

Similar Products Used:   Real, Kooka Racha, Shimano (XT & LX), Avid, DiaCompe

Bike Setup:   Bontrager converted single speed, Avid brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from branford, ct

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2004

Strengths:    good lookin, smooth and simple.

Weaknesses:    Traumatic clamp failure (see below)

Bottom Line:   
I'm a devotee to Pauls after a brief hiatus. My old Ibis SS was set up with stoplights and love levers (circa 1993) and were in my view the best there was. This was at a time when I was a very informed and competitive mechanic and endurance racer. After getting a Ti hardtail frame I was a little short and settled for XT's when I built the frame. Nice, won't kill you....but never gave you a great sense of confidence. Now that I'm back on Pauls the world and it's dirt are a bigger more beautiful place.
One word of warning... follow the directions and DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN THE CLAMP BOLT. The lever needs to be able to turn under force. If not it will break should you hit it in a crash or in my case (on the original pair) the handlebar spins around and the lever smacks your toptube.
Pauls is for the purist. If you use vice grips on a regular basis you will hate these brakes and they will hate you. If you love elegantly designed equipment that works flawlessly, you're who they are named for.

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Favorite Trail:   Fruita baby

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Pauls Motolite, Pauls Stoplight MC, orig Love lever, Love compact, Pauls R. derailleur, Avid Arch Deluxe, Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   Ti Hardtail, XT drivetrain, Raceface Cranks, Hugi Wheelset, Time pedals, Black fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Dillon,Co,USA

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2003

Strengths:    Incredibely strong and very light. Very well made.

Weaknesses:    Nada, zilch, nothing.

Bottom Line:   
Ive owned these levers for 6 years and ridden probably 7000 miles on these levers from 24 hour races to leisure rides without doing anything to then and I weight 205 lbs. They have a very comfortable feel and good modulation.I can not say enough good things about then.

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Favorite Trail:   West Ridge

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimanos

Bike Setup:   XTR V brakes with pauls levers

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Matt Donnelly a Cross Country Rider from Aspen, CO

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2002

Strengths:    Not shimano

Weaknesses:    The two T nuts at the lever pivot fell out on both levers within the first 2 rides. Nearly lost the levers on both F and R. Luckily I was able to save the bottom part of the assembly and loc-tite'd it when I got home. Not sure if this is an inherent product flaw or lack of detail assembling.

Bottom Line:   
Really sketchy brake levers. Didn't know whether they'd be there for the whole ride!

Haven't yet to contact manufacturer about it though. Hopefully they can send some replacement nuts for the levers so I don't loose mine on a ride!

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Favorite Trail:   Some trail in CB near Taylor Resevoir, can't remember the name

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Wrench Science

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Titus, SRAM XO, RS Sid, Eggbeaters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clay a Cross Country Rider from yuma-az

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight,easy reach,style,smooth operation,+I like em'

Weaknesses:    Was cost,but I've found em cheaper elsewhere.(If I need more)

Bottom Line:   
They provide better leverage,than you would imagine. This bike is road ridden mostly,and I have the brakes set up tight with little modulation.(When I need brakes I need em' now!)on avid S-D mag v brakes.Yet I feel I have better control over the braking on this bike than my outhers.And I can brake a cable just as easy with these levers as I can with my XTs. Even though these are compact levers,I feel they provide better access with twister's than the avid s-d,or the xt.(Which "I feel" all three are designed for pods) I've had no trouble with them at all.since I put them on july,15,2000 and after 25673 miles.They show very little wear.though I'll probably order anouther pair of bronze pivots,when it comes to mind just to be safe. If you can find them,buy them.XCs-urban assualt.Downhillers might want a duece and a half lever.But nowdaze most of them use disc's
*****Bottom-line***** They're light,They're strong,You can reach em',They work good,They look good. Buy em' They're as close to "perfect" as anything I've tried.*****

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Favorite Trail:   telegraph-towers

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $105.00

Purchased At:   twowheeltransportation

Similar Products Used:   Tektro,XT,Avid s-d mag.and assorted junk

Bike Setup:   Cad-1 usta' have lotsa secert weapons.(Daily rider)But I'm slowly moving them off to go on to a new bike.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Little H Bakker a Cross Country Rider from PA

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2002

Strengths:    Weight, size.

Weaknesses:    Adjustment screw contact

Bottom Line:   
My adjustment screw went through the lever. The metal was too thin were the reach adjustment screw hits the lever and left a hole so the brake now gets stuck all the way open. Not sure what Paul will do about it. No crashes involved just light use. WIll repost when I get info back email back from Paul.
Worked great for years!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Bikeline

Similar Products Used:   Avid 1.9, LX, XT

Bike Setup:   M2pro,mavic crossmax, XTR.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from BUCKTOWN PA

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

Strengths:    LIGHT, SUPER STRONG, STIFF, FEELS REALLY NICE IN HANDS, NOT SHIMANO, COOL SMALL AMERICAN COMPANY

Weaknesses:    UMMMM....AFTER A YEAR CAN'T THINK OF ANY

Bottom Line:   
IF YOUR IN NEED OF A NEW SET OF BRAKE LEVERS, LOOK NO FARTHER....THE LOVE LEVERS ARE EVERYTHING GOOD LEVERS SHOULD BE...LIGHT, STIFF AND AFTER DOZENS OF CRASHES THEY STILL LOOK NEW SO THAT PROVES THEY'RE STRONG

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Favorite Trail:   FRENCH CREEK

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   BIKELINE O' POTTSTOWN

Similar Products Used:   STX-RC, XT, AVID

Bike Setup:   KONA HEI HEI, MARS, CANE CREEK WAM WHEELS, XTR/XT/NEXT LP DRIVETRAIN, PAUL BRAKES

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rodeo King from Hopkins, MN, USA

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2001

Strengths:    Attention to detail.
Superb Modulation even without return springs.
Grinds the big S into the ground.


Weaknesses:    None to be found

Bottom Line:   
I like These levers so much that I can't believe how poor the Amp disc brakes performed compared to these. Take it from someone who learned the hard way that disc brakes are not always the better performing alternative. For a bomb proof setup that doesn't require as much maintenance buy a set of Love Levers and Motolite brakes. Cross country riders you will be amazed with this setup I promise.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Erik's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Super Crap

Bike Setup:   Custom Amp-Research B5, check under full suspension bikes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Torres a Weekend Warrior from Boise, ID

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2000

Strengths:    They're LITE, work with gripshift(well), Good looks, and a unique feel.

Weaknesses:    $ and that's about it, but hey your bike luvs you

Bottom Line:   
They feel awesome, work incredible, Lite weight, Crisp CNC goodness!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Avids, XT's, SRAM, and Diacompes

Bike Setup:   Trek OCLV, gripshift 9.0sl, Easton CT2 Monkey's, Time A.T.A.C.s, Kooka's, Flite saddle

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