This thread is loaded with sweet steel rides. Time to add my '01 Zurich. Built it this winter - mostly with parts I had lying around with some second hand gear mixed in. The 853 steel rides like budda.
Thanks. My first time with the Simplex levers. At first I didn't like them because I couldn't tighten/loosen on the fly, as opposed to the d-ring on the Campy levers. They're dials in now and working nicely.
The Simplex/ Mavic Retrofriction levers out-performed anything on the market at the time.
First I had Campy; periodically I had to replace the plastic compression washers.
Then I tried Modolo's, until I snapped one plastic lever.
I think I had Suntour Sprint friction levers. Meh.
Then I finally ignored my weight-weeniness and tried the Simplex/Mavic. Oh; what light action on the pull! And lubed and adjusted properly, they were milkshake smooth on release. As a bonus, they never went out of adjustment.