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Dia-Compe DC139 Brake Lever

May 26th, 2011 [print] Go to comments

I’ll admit, I don’t need these, since I already have some very nice ‘n light Shimano Dura-Ace track levers on my singlespeed.  However, they’re just too cool to pass up, and you never know when I might want some in the future.

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Dia-Compe DC139 bullhorn brake lever - black
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Basically, they’re curved levers that wrap around underneath the bar, allowing you to brake from the flats or the ends.  On the old French bikes, this style was referred to as Guidonnet levers.  Google that term, and you’ll find many classic examples.  Throw "Dia-Compe DC139" in the search results, and you’ll be able to track down a pair of these for around $30.  It’s far easier to find them in silver, but I was able to track them down in black.

They also work on drop bars, assuming the bars have enough reach before the drop, which most probably do.

SOURCE:  Dia-Compe

  1. flextone
    August 21st, 2012 at 05:01 | #1

    aren’t they touching the bar when you brake?

  2. Aaron
    August 21st, 2012 at 11:39 | #2

    I don’t use them, but my brother-in-law does, and he says they have some flex. I don’t think it’s enough to let them touch the bar, though.

  3. Mario
    December 21st, 2012 at 09:27 | #3

    I use them and they are great! The levers are not touching the bar as long the breake cable is under tension. Bought them in silver because blacks are really hard to find but I painted them completely black.

  4. tairy
    February 6th, 2013 at 15:10 | #4

    what kind of bars are those?

  5. Aaron
    February 6th, 2013 at 21:41 | #5

    I have no idea, Tairy, it’s not my bike.

  6. Vic
    August 5th, 2014 at 06:32 | #6

    Where did you manage to find these in black?

  7. Aaron
    August 5th, 2014 at 18:22 | #7

    I got them at BensCycle.com, but they seem to only have them in silver right now.

  8. balanza
    August 25th, 2014 at 11:16 | #8

    has anyone managed to use those levers on this handlebar? http://www.subito.it/vi/98323613.htm

    I guess I’d need a flat one

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