This is a pair of new-old-stock Shimano 105 brake lever hoods (black) in the non-aero design (which means the brake cables will "exit" at the top of the levers...for a classic look). They appear to be a second generation brake lever hood in the sense they have some anatomic shape to them...meaning there is a "right" and "left" hood and they may have slight molded design features intended to provide a better fit (relative to earlier model brake lever hoods that typically have more of a uniform/universal design). Please understand, these design features are subtle at best, so please do not expect the anatomic shape found on today's dual control shifter/brake levers, but we thought the design characteristics of these hoods were still worth noting.
Our old Shimano shop catalogs indicate these rubber hoods are compatible with Shimano's late 80's 105 non-aero levers (Model BL-1050), as well as Shimano's non-series SLR (Shimano Linear Response) aero levers of this era (Model BL-L330). As for locating the model number on these levers, we find that most of the levers have the model number stamped on the side...near where the lever attaches to the lever body (and just above the pivot point). Usually the markings are not very big, and if there are hoods on the brake lever bodies, then you may have to pull them back a little to view the markings on the edge of the levers where they attach (or are hinged) to the brake lever bodies. Lastly, please do not attempt to use these hoods with any of Shimano's newer dual control shifter/brake levers, as we are fairly certain they will not work very well, if at all, as we believe these hoods were made solely for older (and specific) Shimano aero brake levers (as discussed above).
With respect to condition, these hoods are new and in their original packaging (so still factory-fresh and pliable with no signs of age cracking).
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