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VG Goose Liver

VG

United States

1995–1998

VG Goose Liver Brake Lever

  • Designed for BMX racing
  • Released in 1995 and available through 1998 (approx.)
  • Recommend to be paired with center pull cantilever brakes
  • One of the most complicated products that VG made in 1995 - this is what drove the price of the lever up
  • CNC machined from a solid piece of 6061-T6 aluminum
  • Spring-loaded - when you release the lever, it snaps back, regardless of how undialed your brakes are
  • Testing revealed that the lever pulls smoothly and the spring makes the lever return in a snap
  • Has a built-in reach adjuster that allows you to decide exactly how much reach you want to use
  • Ambidextrous design - it works for either side of your bars
  • Was one of the lightest brake levers on the market when released
  • Its reach is a little further than most levers, but comparable to Odyssey Pit Bull levers, which a lot of top riders used in the mid-1990's
  • Material: 6061-T6 aluminum
  • Weight: 2.6 oz - Source: Dan's Comp, 1997-1998
  • Length: 4" (approx.)
  • Reach (max.): 2-1/2" (approx.)
  • Colors (anodized): silver (clear), black, blue, purple, red, green, gun metal blue, tangerine, turquoise
  • Sold for $39.99 USD at Dan's Comp in 1997 and 1998
  • MSRP: $63.00 USD - Source: BMX Plus! magazine, Feb. '96
  • Made in U.S.A.

VG Precision Components
365 Woodview Ave., Ste. 800
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
ph. (408) 778-7250
fax (408) 778-7222

BMX Plus!, Feb. '96 wrote:


Product Probe - VG Goose Liver Brake Levers: High-Priced & High-Tech

"The VG Goose Liver brake lever is about as high-quality as you can get in the braking department. VG told us that this lever is one of the most complicated products that it produces. If you want your bike to be as tricked-out as possible, this lever might be for you."

About three years ago we were on a photo shoot at a dirt jumping spot in Northern California. While taking a break, a guy walked up and showed us his brand-new aluminum replacement cam for Odyssey Pitbull brakes. Not only did the cam work well, but it also looked extremely trick. It was pretty obvious that the man behind this cam took his work seriously.

Since that first meeting with Mark Von Giese, we have seen VG Components take off like crazy in the BMX world. VG has continued to produce high-quality aluminum parts with plenty of attention and detail. Some of the parts VG makes including the Boomerang replacement cam, Spur dropout protectors, grind discs for freestylers, and the Goose Liver brake lever. We recently got ahold of one of the VG levers, so we thought that this was a good time to let you in on the scoop.

The VG Lever
The VG brake lever and the base it is attached to start out just like all of the VG components--a solid piece of 6061-T6 aluminum. VG takes plenty of time to machine the aluminum down to its final shape. The VG lever measures in at four inches long and only weighs three ounces.

Once the lever is attached to your bars, it has about a 2-1/2" reach, but the built-in reach adjuster allows you to decide exactly how much reach you want to use. The VG lever is also spring-loaded, which means that when you release the lever, it snaps back, regardless of how undialed your brakes are. VG makes the lever as an ambidextrous design so that it works for either side of your bars. VG told us that of all the components it makes, the Goose Liver is the most difficult to make, and that is what drives the price of the lever up to $63.

Testing
When it comes right down to it, there is only so much you can do to test a brake lever. Any lever that efficiently pulls your brake cable will work fine, and it is up to the rider to choose one that fits his/her preferences. The VG lever pulls smoothly, and the spring makes the lever return in a snap. The reach is a little further on the VG lever than with a lot of Dia-Compe levers, but it is comparable to the Odyssey Pit Bull levers (which a lot of top riders seem to be running these days).

Is It Worth The Cash?
So why would anyone want to spend $63 on a brake lever? There are two different reasons. First of all, the VG lever is one of the lightest models on the market and works perfectly. Second, the lever looks trick. There comes a point in a rider's life when it is time to stop using parts that simply "work" and time to start using parts that look as trick as the rest of your bike. In fact, that is part of the entire VG philosophy: if you take the time to completely trick out your bike, don't overlook the small items.

While everyone else at the track is running boring, run-of-the-mill parts, you could be riding a bike on which every part is as high-tech as you can get. If that is the kind of image you are going for, and if you are willing to go all out to trick out your ride, then the VG brake lever could be for you.

The Nitty Gritty

  • Price: $63
  • Made of: 6061 T-6 aluminum
  • Weight: 3 oz.
  • Colors: Black, blue, clear, green, gun metal blue, purple, red, tangerine, and turquoise

VG Brake Levers: Hits & Misses

  • The Hits: extremely light, trick design, many colors available
  • The misses: expensive

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