Shimano LX Lever Brake Lever

Shimano LX Lever Brake Lever 

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Shimano 96 LX Lever

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[Jul 05, 2003]
Foxy Brown
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

- Cheap price
- Lever shape
- 3 power leverage settings

Weakness:

- LX blue color doesn't really match most bikes
- FLEX

Shimano must have derived the LX letter from the work FLEX.
These are the flexiest levers that I have used. Just pull the lever on any showroom bike and you see the flex.

The power setting is useful, especially if you are using these with Avid disc brakes. The rounded lever shape is comfortable. I prefer the roundness over Avid SD lever's angular shape.

These are decent levers. Avid levers are better because they do not flex. If you are building a bike from scratch, get Avids. But if these came on your bike OEM, then just keep'em and don't fret over nothing.


Similar Products Used:

SRAM 9.0, Avid SD-5

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3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 23, 2003]
Logan

Strength:

These levers are the best cable levers that I have used. The leverage control is nice to have, you can adjust how powerful your brakes are. I have only had mine for 3 months so far but they have worked really well, no problems yet. By the way I am using '99 Deore brake calipers.

Weakness:

I have never been a fan of the combined lever and shifters because I break things often. Also there are no numbers on the shifter index which is just a minor inconvenience but no reason to not get them.

I like these levers a lot, they are not terribly expensive and you get good performance out of them. They are good for XC, and maybe even trials (though I would recomend the HS-33s for trials). If you think that you are going to end up breaking it, I would get a seperate brake lever and shifter instead.

Similar Products Used:

'99 Deore Levers, HS-33 Magura Levers (these are nice!), Magura Louise Levers

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4
VALUE
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4
[Mar 09, 2002]
Tim
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

worked good for the first couple of months. Still continue to work.

Weakness:

First of all, i hate the shifter/brake combo, and i am pissed that my bike came with it. But what can you do about that. Second, the rear lever has lost all the feel that it once had. Now it is just like crushing a banana whenever i pull it. The front lever however still has some feel, but i attribute that to the shorter cable. However, the thing does not have any power so that i can endo. Cant ride a nose wheelie when these things dont help me out.

These things are great for the first couple of months, but after that, they sort of lose their power and feel. Now that i have had them for a year, I dont like them what so ever. I wish they hadnt come in a combo because i am upgrading to avid levers. I have tried many pairs of avid levers, and all of them have a lot better feel and adjustability than the shimano levers.
Overall, I would not recommend these for anyone who likes to have some power. They are fine for a short period of time, but after that, they sort of just lose their goodness. Save yourself some time and just stick with some good ol avid levers.

Similar Products Used:

XT, avid 1.9, avid 1.0

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2
VALUE
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3
[May 11, 2007]
Mike Hoff
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Power, price, adjustable and fit great with my XT shifters

Weakness:

None, So far

Pretty simple. These levers work great. The improved leverage system seems to work better than a typical leverage system. I was confused at first regarding instalation but once figured out it was simple and these levers work great with only one finger. Can't say I would need anything better. I'm going to match them with Avid BB7 Mechanical disk brakes in the future.

Similar Products Used:

Deore leavers

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 04, 2002]
Brian
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

They are extremely good for how much I paid for them. In my opinion they are the first ever disposable MB components.

Weakness:

Seriously lacking in the structure of the lever. It is basically a thick, metal sheet contoured into a lever.

The one incident that convinced me that these grips were hardly up to shimano quality was a colision with a tree on a trail. It was a small tree that came up too close on the right side and luckily hit my lever instead of breaking one of my fingers. When I stopped to check the damage the flimsy, thin-metal body of the lever was bent down about an extra 30 degrees from what it should be. I was able to bend them back to about 10 degrees but besides that, they'd never be the same.

DON'T BY THESE LEVERS UNLESS YOU PLAN TO USE THEM ONCE AND THROUGH THEM AWAY!!! THEY WILL BEND AND THE PULL IS SOFT AND SQUISHEY!!! Spend an extra $10 or $20 to get XT levers. They will last 5 times longer!

Similar Products Used:

None; I've bought bikes from wal-mart with break leverst that have lasted longer than these.

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RATING
1
VALUE
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3
[Apr 29, 2004]
Drew Nihill

Strength:

looks, excellent response, price, adjustable tension

Weakness:

haven't found any yet.

i use the levers only instead of the lever/shifter combo..it's worth the extra coin to buy them seperate instead of the combo.

Similar Products Used:

deore

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 24, 2001]
joel evans
Downhiller

Strength:

its braking power and reliability

Weakness:

design

i think its a great lever one of the best v brake levers

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 09, 2001]
Allen
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

great leverage
looks
price

Weakness:

bushing wears over time

these are good overall. They offer plenty of leverage to endo, but good modulation as well. I would like to see the bushing last a little longer though.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Jul 17, 1997]
Jim
weekend warrior

They work great for what they are (i.e., an affordable and effective lever for V brakes). Too heavy, what do you expect for this level of equipment? Too short, you can always get a hold of some growth hormone. Short People got no reason. Just kidding. With the V's, get rid of the shimano pads and you have a great set of breaks.

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5
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[May 12, 1996]
Joel



This lever is real smooth and quite soft in the shifting(thou not as soft as the XT levers).I used to have a Dia Compe PC-5 and Gripshift 400 but the performance of the LX lever blew them away. I think it is a real good lever with a great price and have performance as good as the XT lever. If you can't afford the XT lever like me get this, it is just as good.

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4
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