Shimano brake lever compatibility

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  1. sam218

    sam218 New Member

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    Is a vintage Duraace brake lever (non-aero) compatible with a new Shimano brakeset?
     
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  2. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

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    Yeah..........
     
  3. tomasbikes

    tomasbikes New Member

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    For the last word on Shimano gear compatability, check:
    <http://www.sheldonbrown.com/dura-ace.html>

    In general, only Shimano 9- and 10-speed equipment is completely compatible across all model ranges. Dura Ace 8-speed is slightly different from all their other 8-speed stuff. It is somewhat compatible but limitations are shown in the article referenced above.

    For what it's worth, I am using Shimano 600 front and rear derailleurs and a Shimano 600 crank & rings (8-speed forerunner of Ultegra) with Dura Ace 9-speed STI levers and a SRAM 9-speed cassette on one bike successfully. I am using Shimano 105 9-speed rear derailleur, Dura Ace 7400 (8-speed) front derailleur, Cannondale 9-speed crank & rings, Ultegra 9-speed cassette and STI levers on another bike. Both work quite well. The 8-speed front derailleur cages are wider than 9-speed versions (wider chain and wider-spaced rings). And if you need a replacement rear derailleur, the Shimano 600 (6400 series) is the best deal around. Used ones go for as little as $10 and are fully compatible with all 9- and 10-speed groups. Looks pretty also, with the grey/silver/polished aluminum finishes.
     
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    boudreaux New Member

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    Turn the comprenhension switch to the on position ! The question was about brake levers! . AFWIW, the DA shifter RD incompatibility covers all pre 9 speed, not just 8 speed.
     
  5. Gonzo Bob

    Gonzo Bob New Member

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    Yes. But the old Dura-ace levers don't have a return spring in them. The new calipers have a weaker spring in them and are designed to be used with a lever that has a return spring. This is not absolutely required, though. I run Dura-ace dual pivots with levers that don't have a return spring. Works fine.
     
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