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Vintage Components - Campagnolo Brakes

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Until Campagnolo set the world on its ear with it Record sidepull brakes in 1968, high-performance brakes were centerpull. The most notable centerpull was the Mafac Racer, made famous by five-time Tour de France winner Jacques Anquetil.

Since then, Campagnolo brakes have been sought-after works of functional art.

Campagnolo Record Delta Brakeset, new in the box. $1,000.00

You can see these distinctive, beautiful brakes from a million miles away. Campagnolo introduced these brakes in 1984, but did not make them available to the public until 1986.

The internal actuating mechanism hidden by the "Delta" triangular cover is interesting. It is a hinged parallelogram that increases the brake lever's mechanical advantage the closer the pads come to the rim. In other words as the pads come together, the calipers have more leverage.

Our set is very rare, a new-in-the-box brakeset. Never mounted. Ever.

Campagnolo Delta brakes

The Record Deltas have hidden springs, making for a flawless appearance.

Campagnolo Delta Brakes

New in the box, beautiful, ready for your dream bike.

Campagnolo Delta brakes

Even the backs of these brakes are a joy to look at. Note, the original cables are in the box.

Campagnolo Nuovo Record sidepull brakeset, part #2040, standard reach calipers. barely used $400.00

Nutted center bolts, nyloc fixing nuts. Standard reach calipers have a reach of 50mm to 65mm from the center of the center bolt.

These brakes have domed quick-release levers on the calipers and coated brake shoe wheel guides, allowing them to conform to the U.S. Government CPSC rules. That makes them 1978 production or later. The brake levers have the "shield-winged wheels" logo. We're guessing this is a set produced about 1985.

When Campagnolo introduced its sidepull brakes in 1968, every serious bikie had to have a set. They had thick, stiff forged arms that delivered just enough mechanical advantage to supplant the still more powerful center-pull brakes serious riders then used. And, Campagnolo solved the age-old problem of keeping sidepull brakes centered with its star washer (two on the front caliper).

Though they were far and away the best, they were expensive. Many production pro bikes of the era would keep the final retail price down on an otherwise full-Campangolo bike by using Universal or Weinmann brakes.

Take a close look at the photos below. Our set is in stunning condition.

Campagnolo Nuovo Record brakeset

This has to be one of the finest pieces of bicycle component design in the history of the bicycle.

Campagnolo Nuovo Record brake calipers

Ready to mount on that vintage bicycle you're putting together.

Campagnolo Nuovo Record brakeset lever

Full disclosure: One of the hoods has a small tear.