Dia-Compe 188 Reverse Action Bar End Fitting Brake Levers - Brown / Silver

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- A firm favourite for time trials
- Speciality levers that hinge on the outside and have a cable feed that runs inside the handlebar tape
- Fits inside the end of the handlebars using an expanding plug fixing
- 18mm with sleeve for 20mm handlebar internal diameter
- 140g/pair
- Brown hoods with silver blade
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Questions & Answers (9) Q & A
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Product Reviews (2)
Overall Product Rating 2.5 / 5
Do the job
By Alex
31 Oct 2020
4 / 5
I recommend this product
ProsLooks, adequate performance
Can be a bit faffy to set up but if you want the look there's nothing be quite like them. The performance is fine where I have them on my town bike. While I would not necessarily recommend for high stress applications they have proven themselves effective stoppers paired up with some modern double pivot sidepull calipers.

A previous review complained that the body of the product is plastic, however they do ship with metal ferrules that are essential to getting proper performance. I have had no issues with stripping out damage during use, using these for more than a year.
Pretty useless brake levers
By Gary Ribble
19 Oct 2020
1 / 5
ConsNo solid point for outer cable to push on.
ProsNone really
These levers twist too easily in the bars despite being done up as tight as is sensible, and being made of cheap looking plastic the outer cable just sinks in to the plastic the harder you pull the lever. This means a very mushy brake feel and poor performance compared to a metal lever mounted on the bars.
Questions & Answers (9)
Will they fit
30 May 2021
My ID of my handlebars are only 16mm can these fit my bicycle ?
Thank you for your enquiry, sorry no they will not fit, they are suitable for 18mm to 20mm

WD 01/06/21
My bars are 18.6mm ID, measure with calipers, will this fit ?
10 Dec 2020
The description implies it will fit, but it's vague. Dia0Compe website says the same thing and it's not helpful. Can you confirm that with the sleeve removed it will fit into a 18.6mm ID bar ? Please !!!! I have a new set of bars from Rivendell and my Tektro RX4.1 won't fit.
Without the shim, these should fit a 16mm internal.

JK 11.12.20
Will these fit bars with an 18mm ID?
11 Apr 2019
i.e. can they be used without the sleeve.
Yes, simply remove the sleeve.

Thanks - 12/04/19
Hello, can I use these levers with a 25,4mm exterior diameter bullhorn handlebar? Thank you
22 Feb 2019
he exterior is not really so important, these are 18mm with sleeve for 20mm handlebar internal diameter.

Thanks - 22/02/19
Can these be used with Disk Brke calipers?
04 Dec 2017
So, can LONG PULL levers be used with Disk Brakes? Do you have these? Thanks

I am yet to find an aero lever that is long pull.

Can these be used with Disk Brke calipers?
04 Dec 2017
Hi, can these be used with (AVID BB5/7 etc) Disk Brake Calipers please? Thanks

These levers are short pull and therefore not suitable for Disc brakes.

Are these compatible with pear end nipples?
21 Sep 2017

Unfortunately not, these levers are designed to take a barrel nipple cable.

Dia Compe 188
25 Sep 2016
Hello, Are these levers short-pull or long-pull? I am looking for a pair of bar-end levers to fit 22.2 mm handlebars, for use with Sturmey Archer drum brakes, which I think need short-pull levers, right? Thank you.

These are short pull levers which means they will indeed be suitable for use with you Sturmey Archer drum brakes.

Is It Coming Pair?
16 Aug 2016
Is it coming pair?

These are indeed sold as a pair.