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Brake levers are one of the components that form the braking system of a bike.
Their main aim is to activate the bike brakes, which will make it go slower or stop depending on how much pressure is applied to them. The harder you press them, the harder it will brake, and vice versa.
To choose your brake levers correctly, the first thing you have to consider is the type of handlebars your bike has. Brake levers differ depending on the shape and diameter of the handlebars; whether it is flat or curved, the right levers can easily be found.
Brake levers compatible with straight handlebars are normally used on urban or trekking bikes, and can have a mechanical or hydraulic braking system.
Brake levers can be made with several different materials. Brake levers for straight handlebars can also be classified according to what they are made of. All medium- and high-range bikes, as well as hydraulic-brake bikes, are equipped with aluminium brake levers. There exist plastic levers as well, more affordable and usually installed on low-end bikes.
Brake levers compatible with drop bars are made and designed for road bikes. The brake levers themselves can be hydraulic or mechanical, similarly to those designed for flat handlebars.
This kind of brake lever is very versatile, as it allows both the activation of the bike’s brakes and the changing of gears (both on the rear cogs and front chairings) with the same brake lever.
They are ergonomic brake levers, and you should check that the model you want is compatible with your bike’s braking system.
At Santafixie, you will find a wide variety of brake levers, both for straight and flat handlebars, made by the best brands such as Csepel, BLB or own own brand of brake levers – Santafixie.
If you have doubts or questions regarding brake levers and whether or not they will be compatible with your bike, don’t hesitate to contact us by writing an email to [email protected] or by calling us at +44 14 7042 2050, so that our experts can inform you and solve any doubt you may have.