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Chinese knock offs? Are you sure they won't break under heavy use? Any DOT or manufacturer stamps on them?
 

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Chinese knock offs? Are you sure they won't break under heavy use? Any DOT or manufacturer stamps on them?
Have you ever seen a DOT stamp on a control lever? I haven't had my morning coffee yet, and haven't been outside to look at my OEM handle bar controls to see if it has a DOT stamp of approval. I get where you're going with this, but is it realistic? I also get that having a lever failure can be a pain in the butt at least and potentially fatal. Some type of standard would be nice, but are there any standards for this particular control surface?
 

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Over here safety relevant aftermarket items like levers, footpegs, lighting etc. must pass testing. Approval markings have to be affixed to the item. Not required for the bike manufacturer of course. I wrongly assumed that there is a similar process in place. Question: if I want to sell a product like these levers in the US, what are the design and safety standards that I have to meet?
 

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Chinese knock offs? Are you sure they won't break under heavy use? Any DOT or manufacturer stamps on them?
Knock-offs would insinuate that they are a copy of something. They're not. These appear to be VERY solid and well made. I am very confident they won't break under heavy use. What exactly is "heavy use" for a simple lever? In the US there are no aftermarket certifications required for such products.
 

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I actually need one - the ball tip broke off my stock brake one.

With coupon code aliex344 was $22.96

It is a lot better than the $110 stock ones.

 

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It always amazes me how ruthless Chinese companies copy designs and even sell them like in this case with references to BMW. I think BMW sources the OEM equipment in China and their producers simple double dip and sell BMW designed products through a different channel. Or they sell off products that failed BMW QC.
Our company runs two plants in mainland China and with that I get to have some insights in Chinese business practices that never fail to amaze me. Without our rigorous QC and some European managers in key positions of theses companies we would have deal a host of issues over there.
Hope that Chinese owned Pirelli/Metzler has it under control.......
 

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Over here safety relevant aftermarket items like levers, footpegs, lighting etc. must pass testing. Approval markings have to be affixed to the item. Not required for the bike manufacturer of course. I wrongly assumed that there is a similar process in place. Question: if I want to sell a product like these levers in the US, what are the design and safety standards that I have to meet?
How they often get around standards, they put "for off road use only" hehehehe
 

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Loved the set I bought.. had zero issues..... if you are worried, buy 2 sets... it will still be cheaper than buying am OEM set.....
Probably you don’t need a second set after the first one failed on you.
 

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I've bought sets for a few bikes off Amazon that are also "China, Inc". Hate to support them, but couldn't turn down the price, and quality I thought was very good-far better than the price lead me to expect.
 

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The quality of the metal is the crucial consideration and the one thing you cannot test non-destructively.
 

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I heard that the OEM levers are designed to break if the bike is dropped, to avoid damage to the master cylinders - anyone confirm this?

I see the ones in the OP have a pivot with would serve the same purpose, and be reset without needing replacement.
 

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I ordered a set after seeing this post. They arrived today and I have them installed. I was impressed by the quality of these levers and they look really good! I did have to expand the hole for the spring that you transfer from the stock levers, nothing a drill can’t fix! The best part is the adjustability these offer, reach and the length of the lever.
 
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