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Vintage Components - Modolo Brakes

On this page: Professional black lever | Equipe calipers | Speedy Black calipers | Speedy silver levers | Flash silver calipers | America brake lever | Mach 3 aero levers | Modolo tandem brake levers (1 lever operates 2 cables) | Lever buttons and cable ferrules | Replacement non-aero brake lever gum hoods

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The parts maker Modolo has been around a long time, Adamo Modolo having started the firm in 1952. The company is headquartered in Conegliano, in northeast Italy.

Modolo was originally dedicated to making parts for post-war Italian consumer bikes. In 1976 Adamo's son Domenico and his wife Serena began managing the firm. They took it in an entirely different direction. Instead of chasing the low-margin economic parts trade, Domenico, a capable industrial designer with a degree in mechanical engineering, began designing high-end parts.

The first product of that change, the Modolo Professional brake set, was an immediate hit. Shown at the 1977 Paris and Milan bike shows, the brakeset's superb design and workmanship made these brakes the go-to stopper for anyone not wanting to pay the big bucks for Campagnolo brakes.

In a short time, Modolo began offering that brakeset in different finishes at different prices. But all offered the same high performance.

Modolo Professional black lever. Used, $120.00

If you need replacement hoods for either this lever or other Modolo or vintage Campagnolo levers, we have a superb aftermarket hood available. You can see them here.

Modolo professional lever

Though the hood is certainly not new, the lever is in wonderful condition

Modolo professional lever

A side view

Modolo Equipe calpiers without pads - Lightly used, $50.00

Part# BR-15-cap

We have lots of brake pads of various kinds in stock, including sinterized Modolo pads. If you would like some pads to go along with these calipers, please, just ask.

Modolo Equipe calipers

Lovely condition. Pads of all sorts available.

Modolo Equipe calipers

And from the back.

Modolo Speedy black anodized calipers. Used, $40.00

Part# BR-21

Short reach: 40 - 52mm reach from center-bolt to center of pads.

Modolo Speedy brakes were produced from 1979 to 1988. The first generation of Speedy brakes, made from 1979 to the early 1980s, had "Modolo" and "Speedy" stamped into the brake arms and levers. Later production had the names painted on. From that, we date these calipers to 1979-1982.

This set is short-reach with Allen key mounting nuts for the center bolts. Being in the mid-to-top of the Modolo brake line, it uses the same forgings as the Modolo Professional brakes, with less expensive finish and hardware. This gives the rider top-notch performance at a modest cost.

These calipers do not have the original Modolo pads. They have Weinmann Red X-Block pads.

Modolo Speedy calipers

Being earlier production, they have their names stamped into the calipers rather than printed on.

Modolo brake calipers

Back view

Modolo Speedy brake levers, silver. Used, $50.00


Modolo Speedy calipers

Levers are in wonderful condition. Hoods are showing their age, but still very servicable. We do stock aftermarket compatible hoods.

Modolo Speedylevers

And from another angle. They still look very good.

Modolo Flash (2nd version) brake calipers. Used, $40.00

Part# BR-22

To the best of our knowledge, these were the least expensive brakes that Modolo produced with its professional brake arm forgings. Some of the top-end hardware is used as well, such as the progressive quick-release mechanism. Flash brakes deliver top-end performance for a reasonable price.

We would date the production of this set to the mid-1980s, though earlier versions had been made since 1979. The sinterized brake pads on this set came out in 1983

This set of calipers has the nicer silver anodized "Stratos Silver" finish

This set is short reach: 40 - 52mm and has allen-key frame fittings.

Modolo Flash calipers

Short-reach side-pull calipers

Modolo Flash calipers

From the back: They are in excellent condition

Modolo America single brake lever used, $50.00

This has an AME anatomic right hood.

America brake lever

From the front

Modolo America brake lever

On its side

Modolo America brake lever

And the other side

Modolo Mach 3 aero brake levers with anatomic gum hoods. Used. $40.00

The cables can be routed either aero-style or through the lever tops.

Mach three aerolevers

Great condition

Modolo Mach 3 levers

And from the side

Modolo tandem brake levers with anatomic gum hoods. New. $100.00

One of these levers will pull two cables and the other lever is a normal single-cable lever. The usual set-up is for the dual cable lever to operate both a rear hub brake and a rim brake.

Modolo Tandem brake levers

Nicely finished, with anatomic hoods.

Modolo tandem brake levers

From the side.

And looking into the lever you can see that it will accomodate two cables.

Modolo lever buttons & cable ferrules. $20.00

Honestly, we are not sure what these buttons are for. Perhaps to fill in the hole in aero levers, but this is just a guess. If you recognize them and need a set, here they are.

Modolo lever buttons

Soma replacement gum hoods that will work on non-aero Modolo brake levers. New, $20.00

They also work on classic Campagnolo Record/Super Record & SunTour Superbe non-aero levers.

Soma Hoods