Shimano Alivio Brake Lever

3.75/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $9.49

Product Description

Shimano Alivio brake levers

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CRXPilot a Weekend Warrior from Lubbock, TX

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2007

Strengths:    Low price
Simple, no-gimmick operation

Weaknesses:    None found yet

Bottom Line:   
The rattling and wobbling from the stock levers drove me nuts so I drove 5 minutes to the closest of 5 Lubbock bike shops and spent 15 of the smartest dollars I've spent. The Alivio lever (M420) is aluminum all over, is light, stiff, quiet, and is shaped right. If you purchase a sub-$500 bike, please consider swapping the '80s BMX levers for a pair of these.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Stock Giant pieces

Bike Setup:   2006 Giant Yukon

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2007

Strengths:    Shimano quality & durability levers that lasted for years on my bike.

Weaknesses:    Screw head got stripped when replacing the stock GT (flat/xc) bar for a Pazzaz DH wiser bar with brace.

Bottom Line:   
These brake levers did a good job on my 1996 GT Ricochet from the time I got it in mid Oct.1996 to mid June 2004.
Bottom Line: While I had them they were great and worked flawlessly.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Stock on 1996 GT Ricochet - D'Ornellas Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Inexpensive Tektro's on 1994 Raleigh Matterhorn & Hayes HFX 9 XC on my 2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk.

Bike Setup:   1996 GT Ricochet.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Simon Lee a Cross Country Rider from Seoul, Korea

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2003

Strengths:    It works like $1.00 brake.

Weaknesses:    Where do I start? Plastic junk!

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy it! If it's on your stock bike, junk it and upgrade. It's a sad excuse for brake and lever. Shimano stay with manufacturing upper ends.

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Favorite Trail:   Umeon Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   Corex

Similar Products Used:   XT

Bike Setup:   turbo charged

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris k. a Cross Country Rider from lynchburg, va, usa

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2001

Strengths:    weight, price, improved braking power, looks.

Weaknesses:    none.

Bottom Line:   
these are great brake levers they improved my braking power by far. they are a great product. buy these if you want to improve your braking power for not much price.
I'm 11 and my stock kids brake levers gave me very little braking power I couldn't stop that well all the time as soon as I got these I could stop anywhere I wanted and control my speed with one finger.

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Favorite Trail:   the new one

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   bikes unlimited

Similar Products Used:   stock on kids trek y24.

Bike Setup:   kids trek y24, shimano alivio brake levers, jagwire brake pads, redline platform pedals, selle italia flite ti.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by poida a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2001

Strengths:    Super cheap and they feel pretty good to me

Weaknesses:    i stripped out the thread for the bolt that clamps the lever to the bar somehow i dunno how

Bottom Line:   
I like these mine don't have that much play even though i've bashed them many a time. They don't flex too much. Get em they work well

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   avid SD 1.9SL

Bike Setup:   DMR Sidekick Trials setup; Deore rear brake with carbon booster, Tektro front

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Seb a Cross Country Rider from Ware, UK

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2000

Strengths:    Oh DEAR! I'll get back to you...

Weaknesses:    Right, where to start!
*Too much play
*Feel crunchy
*No modulation
*Look cheap'n'cheerful
*Cable adjuster barrel is plastic
*Rattle over bumpy terrain

Bottom Line:   
They will work but they look and feel like they shouldnt! (oh theyre not that bad really :])

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   2000 XT levers, 98 XT levers

Bike Setup:   RSP 200, Manitou mangum, Deore/Deore XT

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Neo a Weekend Warrior from Norway

Date Reviewed: November 21, 1999

The strength of this product is that it is easy and simple, yet very durable and strong.
It is also very cheap and it has a very good grip.

Nothing I can think of.

Bottom Line:   
The Shimano Alivio brake levers is a very good alternative to the much more expensive XT or XTR levers.

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Favorite Trail:   
Sørmarka (Norway)

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Shimano Altus V-brake lever.

Bike Setup:   
I have a DBS Cybertrack, Norwegian manufacture. I use Shimano Deore LX

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Joe a racer from Barberton, OH

Date Reviewed: February 13, 1999

Bottom Line:   

I use these levers with LX vees. These levers rock. They are less bulky than LX yet they're far less expensive than XT. I really like them and with the reach adjuster they can fit about anybody's hands. Plus they work fine with GripShift. The only bad thing is that they rattle ever so slightly on bumpy downhills.

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