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Vintage Components - Shimano Brakes

On this page: Dura-Ace 7401 brake lever | 105 dual-pivot calipers | 105 short-reach front nutted caliper | 105-short-reach rear nutted caliper | 105 standard-reach rear caliper | 105 brake levers | Tourney sidepull calipers | STX RC cantilever calipers | STX SE cantilever calipers | Deore XT MTB brake levers | Deore LX BL-M570 ATB brake levers

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Shimano introduced its first professional level component group in 1973, labelling it Dura-Ace. This was also the first year Campagnolo produced its Super Record groupset. Shimano continually improved its Dura-Ace components. But Shimano really silenced all critics when Andy Hampsten won the 1988 Giro d'Italia on a Dura-Ace equipped bike.


Shimano Dura-Ace 7401 right-hand single aero brake lever. Used, $35.00

Looking from behind the lever, the cable exits from the left side, meaning it is intended to be mounted on the right side of the bars.

Produced 1987 - 1988

Dura Ace brake lever

From the front

Dura Ace brake lever

On its side

Shimano Dura Ace brake lever

And the other side


Shimano 105 BR 5600 short reach dual-pivot brake calipers. used $50.00

Part# BR-34

  • This is a powerful set of calipers in beautiful condition

Shimano 105 calipers

They have a titanium finish that will go with any bike.

Shimano 105 calipers

And from the back. They have allen-key recessed mounting bolts, of course.


Shimano 105 short-reach front nutted dual-pivot brake caliper. Used, $45.00

  • We will supply brake pads with this caliper
  • 39-49mm brake reach.

Shimano front brake caliper

Front view, It will come with brake pads.

Shimano 105 front brake caliper

Side view

Shimano brake caliper

And from the rear


Shimano 105 short-reach rear nutted dual-pivot brake caliper. Used, $45.00

  • We will supply brake pads with this caliper
  • 39-49mm brake reach.
  • Shimano part# BR-1055

Shimano brake caliper

Front view

105 brake caliper

Side view

105 rear caliper

From the back

Shimano brake caliper

Top view


Shimano 105 standard-reach rear dual-pivot brake caliper. New, $45.00

Part# 81130

  • 47-57mm brake reach.

Shimano 105 front caliper

From the front

Shimano 105 caliper

Slightly different angle

Shimano 105 rear caliper

Side view

Shimano 105 rear caliper

The other side

Shimano 105 brake caliper

Back view


Shimano 105 - Golden Arrow brake levers. used. $30.00

Part# BL-31

Shimano part # Z-306

  • These Shimano 105 brake levers are part of the first generation of 105 parts, which Shimano called "Golden Arrow". Some of components of this group had a "Golden Arrow" pattern engraved on them, but the brake levers did not.
  • Produced 1983 - 1986

Shimano brake levers

Gently used

Shimano brake levers

Lovely condition


Shimano Tourney calipers. used. $30.00

Part# BR-34

  • There are many variations of the basic, well-made and reliable caliper. We're dating this set to the early 1980s.
  • It features Shimano "Safety-pivot" mechanism, which can be seen in the photo of the back of the calipers. This helped keep the calipers centered and applying and and even closure when the brakes were applied.
  • They have a reach of 43 - 53mm.

Shimano Tourney calipers

From the front. They have good clearance for bikes with fenders.

Shimano Tourney calipers

From the back, showing the "Safety-pivot" mechanism.


Shimano STX RC cantilever brake calipers. New, $50.00

Part# 81087

  • These were produced in the early to mid 1990s.

STX-RC calipers

Their high-end finish will help make any bike look good.


Shimano STX SE cantilever brake calipers. Lightly used, $40.00

Shimano part# BR-MC32

Shimano STX SE calipers


Shimano Deore XT 700 brake levers. Used $40.00

Part# BL-85

  • These levers were produced 1983 - 1986. They are sometimes call 4-finger levers because of their generous gripping surface.
  • Though the anodization is a bit worn, they work like new and will give many years of service. Shimano truly overbuilt these excellent levers. If you are building, restoring or repairing a 1980s mountain bike, these are your levers.

Shimano Deore  MTB levers

These levers use the large-diameter barrel brake cables.

Shimano Deore XT levers

These levers have seen a lot of fun, and they have a lot more excitement left in them.

Shimano Deore levers

Close-up showing the anodization wear.


Deore LX BL-M570 ATB brake levers. New, 65.00

These levers have a power adjuster which allows the rider to change the relationship between the brake input and output. If the power adjuster is moved, the braking force can be dramatically increased, so that a high level of braking power can be achieved with only a small amount of of lever movement.

Deore brake levers

The power adjusters can be seen with settings from low (L) to high (H).

Deore brake levers

The flip side.