Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
St Cago brake lever
Hey everyone, I wanted to put this discussion in it's own thread cos it is "for sale" and I didn't want to completely hijack the dual brake set-up thread.
So here is the first run of St Cago dual brake levers. As you can see from the terrible and blurry photo, it is pretty much the same plate and rod idea first posted by Hannes with some more fit and finish to make it stronger, better aligned, and more sale-able.
All parts are machined from 6061 aluminum. The plate is 6mm thick so you get lots of meat where the fine adjusters thread in and it shouldn't bend in a crash. The plate is also keyed into the lever body and the cable slot for a rigid installation. On the long pull models, the keyway is machined at a slight angle so that the fine adjusters point towards the rod. This way the cables don't rub on the adjusters, and you don't need to turn and lock the rod in the lever. The short pull models have a square keyway for the same reason. The plate is mounted to the lever body with a countersunk machine screw so that there isn't anything blocking you from tightening the fine adjuster jam nuts, and the adjusters can be brought in closer to the lever body.
The rod has saddles machined into it so that your brake cable ends fit into it positively. This should keep the cables from twisting, and it gives you something a little better to tension the cables and housings against.