It's hard enough to make a living in the component market for cycling, however, trying to make a living on aftermarket component construction and sales is a whole 'nother ball game. The guys over at Twenty6 components are doing a pretty good job down in Montana, and we recently had a chance to test some of their famous Dualie levers.
Twenty6 recently finished constructing their Formula One brake levers, so read here for some more information on how they install, feel, and ride.The first, and most noticeable item about the Dualie levers are the colors - anodized colors at that. The ones we received were Burnt Orange, which in laymen terms means a dark Orange. The Dualie lever is designed as a two finger lever, however, with a ridge separating the two fingers it could be adapted as a single finger lever. The Dualie lever has been machined completely out of 6061-T6 Billet, which is extremely strong, but still light weight - 18 grams a piece (36 grams a set).
The guys over at Twenty6 have altered the One lever for a quicker brake response and engagement, a small enhancement from the original levers. Offered in 10 different colorways, all of which are anodized, the Dualie lever was designed to be flashy and functional. What function does it have? Twenty6 claims the Dualie levers "should" increase cornering and rider confidence, while aiding the rider in looking blinging!
The levers that were on my Formula One brakes seemed pretty complicated to take off, so I decided to put together a quick clip on how hard it was to remove, and install the new brake levers.
After changing my levers over, I went for a quick rip to see what the differences are. As advertised on Twenty6's site, they have quicker engagement than the previous levers. The reach adjustment won't pull the lever as close as on the stock blades, but the bite point is much closer, without having to adjust the FCS(Bite adjustment) on my One Brakes. The two finger, gripped design allows you to comfortably run 1 or two fingers, however, when single finger braking, it feels weird to put it on the inside slot, so I found myself gripping the lever on the outboard section. The new Dualie levers weigh in at 18 grams a piece, a full 8 grams over the stock blades that are found on the Ones, so there is a small weight cost to running these.
Along with all the performance enhancements, the Burnt Orange color goes really well with the glossy black color on the One brakes. Along with that, the Pinkbike.com logo looks great! The Dualie levers will run you $75 US, and are available through Twenty6's website, or from one of their dealers.