While combined brake and gear STI units remain the default option for new and production road bikes, they’re not ideal for everyone-especially crossers, rough stuff tourists and single speeders, so it’s a relief to find good quality classic aero brake levers such as these Shimano 600 are alive and well-particularly should losing an older groupset prove too great a wrench.
Miche enjoy a just reputation for high quality track produce and while their dual pivot Performance brakeset is competing at the lower end of the market, there’s nothing bargain basement about their build quality or performance. Sure you wouldn’t pop them on a Stork or Cervelo but with upgraded pads they’re great budget stoppers-especially for club mounts and/or road fixers.
Acor’s long reach dual pivot stoppers are a good choice for those seeking inexpensive but dependable braking on winter trainers, fixers or commu-tourers. They won’t spoil the classic lines of an older bike built for 27" wheels but running modern 700c hoops either.