Tektro R200 drop levers  £24.99

8/10

Classic levers with a budget price tag for tourers, crossers winter trainers or fixies

Weight 290g   Contact  www.upgradebikes.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   December 15, 2009  

Tektro R200 levers

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Tektro’s R200 are perfect for anyone seeking modern Campag pattern levers on a Cinderella budget and great for stopping laden tourers, lightweight crossers, winter trainers and frisky fixers or indeed any other mount that doesn’t require STI/Ergo shifters.

They are basically blue-collar copies of Campagnolo’s classic design right down to the push-button quick release. Closer inspection suggests Cane Creek SC5 without the cute lizards scurrying over the hoods and with slightly less refinement where it doesn’t show but in fairness to the SC5s fittings might not be to the same quality.

Riders with smaller hands are better served by Tektro's R100A and the R200's bulkier resin bodies can feel slightly alien if you're used to the slender and relatively angular profiles of Shimano and Dia Compe levers. Some critics would suggest this bulk is a consequence of using lower strength materials but in practice, wearing densely padded gel mitts or full-finger winter weight gloves this is academic and the thick hoods provide excellent cushioning from road and light trail shock too.

Installation is much easier than their linear pull specific siblings thanks to shallower Allen bolts but can still prove a little tricky with “kitchen sink” multi tools. Shapely silver anodised levers look really classy with performance to match thanks to light, yet progressive springs delivering superb modulation and feel married to both mid range (105 equivalent dual pivots) and older style cross cantilevers. Copy cat Campagnolo quick release buttons have a reassuringly solid feel, yet are easily operated on the fly for taming buckles and punctures alike.

There’s a gloss black option should you wish to coordinate your bike’s livery but brand snobs will prefer silver as the Tektro decals are easily removed using nail varnish remover or T-cut. Similarly, the inevitable everyday nicks, scrapes and good-times are easily polished out with a soft cloth.

Verdict

Classic levers with a Cinderella price tag

road.cc test report

Make and model: Tektro R200 drop levers

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Tektro's imaginatively named R200 are drop-bar road levers aimed at riders with average hands who don't use STi/ergo systems or V brakes.They're particularly good choices for tourists, crossers, fixer/singlespeeds.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Campagnolo pattern but with resin hoods, high lustre anodised aluminium levers, resin boddies, supple rubber hoods. Compatible with side/centrepull and cantilever brakes but could command Vs with "travel agent" gizmo.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10

290g

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

These are superb levers for the money offering great modulation and feel with calliper and wider armed cantilevers alike. What's more, the super tactile hoods make for blissfull cruising- just the ticket for those long, steady winter miles.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good looks, tactile shape and great performance.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not the best with low profile cantilvers but few road levers are in my experience.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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