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Vintage Components - Galli brakes

On this page: Criterium Gold Anodized Brakeset

The Galli firm started making bike parts in the 1930s, but really hit the big time in the 1980s. The Galli component line extended from the semi-pro level (Sport) to the most exotic titanium super-lightweight parts. Top pros, such as Herman van Springel, raced on Galli parts. But like so many European firms, they were unable to withstand the onslaught of Asian production. Galli closed its doors in 1989.


Galli Criterium gold-anodized brakeset. Used, $250.00

  • Produced in the 1980s
  • Short reach: 45mm - 53mm
  • Nutted caliper center bolts
  • Levers have Dia Compe hoods that have been modified to fit the levers. Handelbar clamps are Weinmann
  • Pads are original Galli except for one of the rear pads. It is made by Dia Compe.
  • Galli Criterium brakes were noted for their rigidity and good feel.

Galli Criterium brakset

This is one beautiful set of brakes that work as well as they look.

Galli Criterium brakeset

The backs of the calipers

Galli brake levers

The levers