Tektro TL720 aero bar brake levers review£29.99

Cow-horn compliant levers

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In terms of anchors, Tektro are massive, making stoppers for countless bike brands to rebadge, as well as selling them straight. The TL720s are their mid-range cow-horn compliant levers with a positive, powerful feel that’ll bring out the best in your brakes.

The rounded ergonomic design syncs a lot more smoothly into bar ends than the cheaper, blunter RX4.1 or the RX5.0 Carbon for a smoothly sculpted look.

They feed cables through the bars rather than underneath too, which is a nice touch. The broad blades feel good under your fingers and there’s no sideways rattle to irritate or detract from braking feedback.

The return spring is slightly soft though, so a bit of tape on the upper lip might be needed if you’ve got a lazy or sticky internal cable run that lets some slack into the wire. At 170g they’re not the lightest option, but then you’re not paying a premium to get them.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
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  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
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