Kooka Racha V-Levers Brake Lever

Racha V-Levers

Kooka Racha V-Levers

User Reviews (34)

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sngltrckmind   Cross Country Rider [Jan 15, 2004]

These levers looked great, felt great and I didn't want to take them off the bike. HOWEVER ... I eventually had to because I could no longer repair them enough to stay on! The pins that hold the lever onto the body fell out and the barrel adjusters broke. These are super light and will not last for people that ride a lot. If you are a lighter, less aggressive rider though, you may want to try them. Otherwise, it's XTR all the way!

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2
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2
Rob   Weekend Warrior [Oct 22, 2002]
Strength:

Very light. Great grips. Good modulation.

Weakness:

A little slop in bushings.

Great levers for the price. These levers work great with the Avid Discs, good modulation, one finger stopping. Still worth getting if you can find them.

Similar Products Used: Dia Compe, Avid, Shimano, Machine Tech
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4
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5
A   racer [Nov 13, 1998]

so after having these for a while now i can post a review.these levers are great!!! they are the LIGHTEST of any,have great feel,and as far as any of the previous complaints i have this to offer.
1-ALL anodizing fades(dont worry so much about looks)
2-the pivot bushings are available from KOOKA (no-one else sells parts for thiere levers)
3- they are ONLY $85 from most dealers AND...if you go directly to kooka they can be less(check the site)
if you dont have a valid complaint please dont review a product,im sick of hearing about how something is uncool because its not pretty enough or you dont know how to install it,orits your first experience.

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5
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Jason ` Scarth   Cross Country Rider [Sep 23, 2000]
Strength:

Freakin Eye Candy, 92g, simple, strong enough, easy adjustment

Weakness:

About an 1nch of flex that you might develop a taste for

These are sweet light canti levers. The fools that say these suck becuase they don't have power with XTR v brakes, etc. forgot or don't know that these are short pull cantilever specific levers. They weren't even designed for any long pull v brake setups. I used them with older XTR cantis and loved how they performed. Also if you buy a damn multiplier they might work with Vbrakes, ooor, you could buy the long pull version recently designed by kooka and have sweet light levers that pull enough for v brakes.

Similar Products Used: Avid 1.0, Lx
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5
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5
Chris   Weekend Warrior [Jun 25, 2001]
Strength:

feathery weight and excellent craftsmanship

Weakness:

poor modulation

You gotta be a gram counting geek to love this product. If those 92 grams are the most important thing in life, then you've found Nirvana. If you love psending free time trying to get your brakes dialed in, this is the lever for you. However, if strong braking performance is important to you, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

These things are minimalist works of art. In the four years I've run them they have they have head up well. The foam finger pads remain intact, the barrel adjusters are the best, and the anodizing is perfect.

If you are trying to sqeeze every gram out of your bike as I was, buy the Kooka Rachas. The Mavic Cross Max ceramic rim helps improve the over-all stopping power. However, the LX levers will be a much more effective, and cheaper alternative.

Similar Products Used: LX, XT, Hayes
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2
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2
sho nuff   Weekend Warrior [Apr 06, 2000]
Strength:

Lightweight, quality materials, smooth feel, and super spiffy looks!

Weakness:

A little flexy (not bad consider weight), a little slop in the bushings (again, not too bad), impossible to get them from slipping on bars...

Nice levers with cool looks. The penalties paid for the light weight are worth it, as they are fairly minor. The only exception to this is the clamps. I have yet to be able to get them tight enough to the handle bars to keep them from swinging and slipping. I finally ended up snapping one of the cinch bolts off at the head. Now I'm on a search for a replacement bolt. Checked the local hardware stores and couldn't find any to match the thread pitch. I then sent e-mail to Kooka customer service to see if they could set me up with some replacements. Still waiting on a reply, although I'm not gonna hold my breath. I contacted them several times when I first bought the levers, and never got a reply. To sum it all up: 4 points for the quality (love the levers grips), take away 3 points for the slippage, and another 10 points off for the customer support (OR LACK THEREOF) and end up with -9...too bad...it's a potential 5 flaming roadkill product

Similar Products Used: shimano, diacompe
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1
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1
Dave Seawright   Cross Country Rider [Mar 05, 2000]
Strength:

Very Light, Smooth modulation, Comfortable

Weakness:

Probably fragile(very light) Expensive

I like the modulation that you get with this combo vs. the trigger on/off of my XTR v-brake/XT lever combo. It gives me much more confidence going into loose pebbly downhill corners vs. the other combos I am using. They are obviously not as stong, but that is always the sacrifice for weight savings. Don't know how they work in the rain though. So far 5 chilis. These are cross country specific levers, not intended for jumping or DH.

Similar Products Used: Hayes Hyd.,XT, Sram 9.0
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5
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4
Scott Fellers   Racer [Feb 03, 2000]
Strength:

Uh, mabye that it's light.

Weakness:

Everything. These levers suck! they don't pull enough cable which makes them supper spongy, you have to set the pads so close to the rim that they almost always drag. Until I bought new levers I always blammed this on the McMahon V-Brakes, but then I tried XTR with the same problems. Theses brake levers suck.

Don't buy these levers, buy shimano. I know you want to buy american, but don't buy these, buy Avids instead if you have to.

Similar Products Used: XT v-brake levers, XTR v-brake levers, avid levers, alteck levers
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4
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1
Bryan Elenbaas   Racer [Oct 29, 1999]
Strength:

lightweight

Weakness:

these levers suck.No power with xtr brakes.Dont waste your money.Only buy them if you want to run into trees.Modulation?no such word with these dogs

Only buy these levers if you like eating tree bark.One chili is being kind, yech

Similar Products Used: xtr.Buy it and leave lightweight garbage,that doesnt work alone
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1
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SenorAsada   Cross-Country Rider [Jun 18, 1999]
Strength:

Light
They work!!

Weakness:

1 cm of Bushing play

I have been using the Rachas for 2 years and they work like a charm. The 1 cm of play takes a while to get used to, but once you do you never realize that it is there. I would recommend them to any and everyone.

Similar Products Used: Pauls,Avid,Shitmano
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5
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