Twenty6 Dualie Levers - First in line for the One

Apr 6, 2009
by Jordan Holmes  
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.


61 Comments

  • + 7
 How the hell can they claim that these levers '"should" increase cornering and rider confidence' thats gotta be some of the stinkyest bull crap I have ever heard!
  • + 3
 I thought the same, if you wanna corner faster maybe you should look into new tires instead of buying bloody 75$ brake levers ROTFL!
  • + 8
 You need a haircut you harry beast!
  • + 4
 thats what i was thinking
  • + 3
 "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."

This part just made me laugh my ass off... "A FULL EIGHT GRAMS"!!!!! OMFG, 8 GRAMS!!!! I can't believe that they're even talking about this...
  • + 5
 Theres more than 8grams of dirt on my bike right now thats for sure Big Grin
  • + 1
 For you guys it may not be a big problem, but for the weight weenies out their replacing aluminum with Ti, 8 grams makes a difference. Trust me, i lived with one.
  • + 1
 Hey spoiledgoods, are those levers a lot more comfortable than the stock ones? i have codes and my buddy has Ones. We traded bikes for the day up at whistler and the first thing i complained about was how i thought the levers were sooo uncomfortable and they pulled too far. other than that they seemed to brake on par with the codes, but the Ones are way lighter. Is it possible that you now possess the worlds ultimate mountain bike brake system?
  • + 1
 Haha, yeah, i have to say im pretty stoked on my brake setup. I think they are much more comfortable, if what your looking for is a these style of levers. It does force you to run it on the outside single finger, or double finger only though, which kind of sucks.
  • + 7
 shame they wont fit hope brakes there nice as
  • + 2
 i know man first thing i checked and they dont have them. at least they have the stroker lever for my front
  • - 3
 yeah i have a stroker ryde
  • + 2
 I really like the levers I got on my codes. I love the two finger set up and as mentioned before, I just run one finger and put the lever in a little closer. Yeah they are a little spendy and who really cares about 8 grams, go take a sh*t before you ride. i love them and the rest of the Twenty6 lineup.
  • + 3
 I also really like the code levers , once they are adjusted I cant see anyway to really improve on them.
  • + 3
 i saw some of 26's stuff last weekend @ beacon hill- it's sick stuff, but pricey. i guess the bike bling factor makes up for that though.
  • + 5
 Yeah, no Hope compatibility. There must be a really good reason for that.
  • + 2
 there;s always strainline levers.. and dangerboy ?
  • + 2
 dangerboy went out of business i think
  • + 1
 serious.. could be CRC does not stock anything anymore.. so my dangerboy revolver stem and top cap will become "rare" tup
  • + 3
 Awesome the overpriced boutique levers finally migrated across from motorcycles. Let me run right out and pick up a set of these! (not)
  • + 2
 true very true .. Wink
  • + 2
 I've got some pink twenty6 levers for Juicy 7s that I no longer have brakes for. If any one is interested, just shoot me a message.
  • + 0
 you chose the wrong colour,.. well for me that is .. Wink
  • + 0
 Why would you spend the money to upgrade Hope levers anyway? They feel awesome. Some of the others companies i can understand. Spend the money on some new tires or something that will actually help cornering and braking!
And really, who uses 2 fingers to brake?
  • + 2
 Your seriously wondering who uses 2 fingers to brake?
I think i can honestly speak on behalf of all the aftermarket component companies out there when i say "If their isn't a market for it, it wouldn't be made". No company would invest time and money into a product that they dont feel helps the rider in someway, and if none of them sell, they wouldn't keep making them.

I didn't think Fox had a market with the World Cup Grade suspension they produced at such a disgusting price, but they made it work, and the products look sick.

Its a simple fact man, if its not worth the money, don't spend it. If you don't feel the levers could increase your comfort, responsiveness, or control when riding, don't purchase them, but please, don't say things like "Who rides 2 fingers anyways"...
  • + 1
 Well Hope actually make an aftermarket 2 fingered lever blade..I bought some for my Moto V2's. They're wicked.
  • + 1
 oh yes and only £36 a pair
  • + 1
 Pic uploaded here of the Hope Moto V2 2 fingered lever...

www.pinkbike.com/photo/3245762
  • + 3
 Are they really worth the hefty price tag, do they make that much differnce?
  • + 1
 of course not
  • + 4
 wish they worked on hope
  • + 2
 They look great. Do you find they wrap around enough for one finger braking?
  • + 2
 Yeah, i gave them a test with 1 finger, and 2 finger, and both felt great. No big complaints from this end for sure!
  • + 1
 Good to hear, thanks.
  • + 3
 straight line do nice hope levers
  • + 3
 ahhhhhhhh I'm staying with good ol' Straitline... Beer
  • + 2
 Are the Juicy models going to work on an Elixir?
  • + 1
 Those look mint. Might have to buy a single one to run on my bike, as I only run a rear brake ahah
  • + 2
 sweet Tyler - you've done it again!
  • + 2
 i want them but they are sooooooooooo expensive
  • + 1
 is dude rockin' a mullet?
  • + 1
 how does the feel compare to straitline and dangerboy?
  • + 2
 i have those Smile
  • + 2
 Im buyign some period
  • + 1
 not a fan of the ridge between fingers, kinda clumsy and oldschool
  • + 1
 ye true , also who 2 finger brakes these days anyway all brakes i have ever tryed are plenty powerfull enough for single finger braking
  • + 1
 Its not for the power, its for the comfort.
Notice how your lever is worn all the way across? it means your finger travels when you brake, causing stress on those muscles.
The ridges help by keeping your finger in place, which in turn is less painful over time.
  • + 1
 my lever is only worn on the ends Razz as I one finger brake so move the lever inwards so as I only touch the ends of it
  • + 1
 yeah i suppose, personally i like being able to grab any part of the lever and have it not tell my finger where to go, don't really see any mx guys running finger formed levers either. Basically, these look really good, nicely machined pieces of metal, just a shame theres no option for ppl like me that don't think finger ridges are the greatest idea in the world.
  • + 2
 nice fucking brakes!
  • + 0
 I have never used his levers but Tyler makes some kick a$$ pedal. The things are great. Plus the colors are mint.
  • + 2
 I love mine!
  • + 0
 Hmmm look nice but i still like the straitline dualy levers better...
  • + 0
 i want a pair that looks awesomeDrool
  • + 1
 mtb-direct stock them
  • + 2
 good plug kerry Wink
i'll be getting some when i get the stem too Smile
  • - 1
 no incorporated break point and heavier + super expensive - sounds like a certified downgrade to me!
  • + 1
 Nice mullet, Jordan.
  • + 1
 You like that? hahaha.
Its coming in strong now.
  • + 1
 It's pretty nice. I wish I could grow one out, but you know. My parents don't understand my generation. lol
  • + 0
 damn it i have an elixir cr Frown

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