First off, I’m a huge fan of the Memlon levers—not just because of their non-breaking qualities, but I love the wide vertical surface they have. They are just comfortable on my fingers and nice to pull. In that regard, the Next Components levers seem a little slimmer but still wider than typical levers. One complaint some riders had of the Memlon is that there was a small amount of flex when pulling in the lever, yet I didn’t have any flex with the Smart Levers. They are definitely stiffer, and riders didn’t even notice that these levers weren’t aluminum when they hopped on the bike. We didn’t have any slams while testing the levers, but just bending the levers with our hands, they are much harder to bend, and they snap back to their original shape on their own, rather than having to be bent back.