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This is a PAIR, right and left, of NEW brake levers. They are made of nylon and steel. The color is black. These levers are for traditional cantilever brakes (like the brakes that are on many higher priced older ATB and Mountain Bikes), and they are for caliper brakes (the side-pull brakes that are on many lower priced ATB, Mountain Bikes, and other bicycles). These levers are not recommended for V-type brakes - also called linear pull or direct pull brakes (the kind that are on most new ATB and Mountain Bikes).
These levers have a cable adjusting barrel like most levers of this type and a reach adjustment screw. They fit the standard 7/8" diameter handlebar. They need the "barrel end" type brake cable which is the kind that is on almost all ATB, MTN, BMX, cruisers, and touring bikes. The brake cable is not included. The entire length of a lever from the front of the adjusting barrel to the end of the handle is about 5 3/8". The length of the handle (the part that you pull) is about 4".
Read below why you should not use this lever for V-type (direct pull or linear pull) brakes.
You can see complete pictures and information on how to install and adjust all kinds of brakes at the Park Tool website. You can put this in the Google or Yahoo SEARCH: Sheldon Brown-Bicycle Technical Information and read why different levers are needed for the different kinds of brakes.
>> Shipping: We will send this item by First Class Mail within 2 business days after receiving cleared payment. The payment is usually cleared by Paypal immediately upon payment. If payment is made by e-check we ship as soon as Paypal tells us we may ship.
Usually, the Postal Service delivers within 2 or 3 days after shipment, but sometimes it takes them longer to deliver.
>> Why V-type brakes need a special lever that is made for V-type brakes.
The difference between a lever for cantilever brakes and a lever for V-type brakes is this: If you use a lever with V-type brakes that is not made for V-type brakes, the lever handle would bump the handlebar before the brake shoes touched the rim and you would not have any brakes unless you adjusted the brakes so the brake shoes were very close to the rim.
And, if you put the brake shoes close enough to the rim so you would have brakes, the brake shoe would rub the rim if your rim was not perfectly true. Also, if you use a regular cantilever type brake lever or a side pull brake lever with V-type brakes, it would be too easy to slide the wheel because a cantilever type brake lever has a higher mechanical advantage than a V-type lever.
You would not want to put a V-type brake lever on a bicycle that does not have V-type brakes because V-type levers have a lower mechanical advantage and you would have to pull the lever too hard in order to stop the bicycle (the reason that a V-type brake lever has a lower mechanical advantage is that the V-type brake arms have a higher mechanical advantage than other type brakes.
So, if your bicycle has V-type brakes, don't use any brake lever except a lever that is made for V-type brakes. And, don't use a V-type lever with any kind of brakes except V-type brakes.