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> Brake lever bent / replacement cost?
tinrib
post Apr 24 2012, 08:38 AM
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Hi, can anyone tell me what the standard procedure is with a bent brake lever? or if it needs replacing can you just replace the lever or do you do the whole brake? im looking at buying a used bike and the seller has mentioned it has a bent lever which looks like the brake lever so just trying to get an idea of cost for repairing so can bare that in mind when buying the bike.

This is it - specialized rockhopper
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Mad Pierre
post Apr 24 2012, 11:14 AM
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Looks like a Deore brake? I've replaced just the lever on one of those before. It was on a mate's bike. Pretty easy to replace if you can get the part....


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Rod
post Apr 24 2012, 08:59 PM
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remove the lever and try to straighten in a vice... if you have access to one? (lever does not look too bad)

New prices aren't bad but if in doubt or hard to find you can find 'em on E-blag quite readily.

Good luck.

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post Apr 24 2012, 09:04 PM
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QUOTE(Rod @ Apr 24 2012, 09:59 PM) *
remove the lever and try to straighten in a vice...


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post Apr 24 2012, 09:13 PM
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If you don't have a vice, remove the lever still. Try and grip one end tightly (maybe between something), get a ring spanner and place the level through it, locate the spanner near the 'apex' of the bend and bend it back into shape.

Job Done. agree.gif

Can't guarantee it won't leave a mark though smile.gif


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tinrib
post Apr 25 2012, 07:29 AM
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Thanks, kinda get the gist of what to do so provided im succesful in the auction i'll give it a shot. my concerns were really if its bent beyond repair can you just get the lever or do you need to replace the whole brake system... so its good news all round. cheers guys!!
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Ibbo
post Apr 26 2012, 08:16 PM
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I bent my front lever on a brand new set of Hope Tech M4 brakes about three rides in rolleyes.gif That was 18 months ago and TBH you just get used to it agree.gif I would say (if you win the auction) try it and if it works OK leave it unless it really bothers you agree.gif I don't have a photo to hand but mine is bent as least as badly as the one in your link.


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jes
post Apr 26 2012, 08:37 PM
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QUOTE(Ibbo @ Apr 26 2012, 09:16 PM) *
I bent my front lever on a brand new set of Hope Tech M4 brakes about three rides in rolleyes.gif That was 18 months ago and TBH you just get used to it agree.gif I would say (if you win the auction) try it and if it works OK leave it unless it really bothers you agree.gif I don't have a photo to hand but mine is bent as least as badly as the one in your link.


Pffttt - bent brake lever = new bike biggrin.gif

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Rod
post Apr 26 2012, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE(jes @ Apr 26 2012, 09:37 PM) *
Pffttt - bent brake lever = new bike biggrin.gif

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Problem there Jes...


He don't have it yet! blink.gif


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jes
post Apr 27 2012, 07:04 AM
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I know Rod, but Ibbo's been riding with a bent brake lever for 18 months, he defo deserves a new bike biggrin.gif
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Doug
post Apr 27 2012, 01:05 PM
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Thats a LX brake, they bend back with a bit of 'gentle' persuasion after someone elses bike falls on yours, don't they Goog wink.gif

Bend it back until it's close to its original position then leave it alone, dont bend it back and forth to get it just so.


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