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Vintage Components - Modolo Brakes

On this page: Equipe brakeset | Speedy black brakeset | Speedy Black calipers | Flash silver calipers

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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 Equipe brakeset - Lightly used, $70.00

Part# BR-15

Probably made in early to mid-1980s, but it's hard to date them exactly. The "Equipe" in script on the left side of the calipers makes them second-generation production. The Equipe brakeset was much like the the then top-of-the-line "Master Pro" used by pro teams such as Renault, but with a little less hand finish work. The calipers are hard-grey anodized. They do feature another Modolo innovation, "sinterized" brake pads. These pads do stop better in the rain than regular rubber blocks.

They are "incassio", set up for allen-key mounting. Cable routing is external.

Modolo Equipe Brakeset

The brakes are in excellent condtion. The rubber lever hoods, being more than thirty years old, have cracked. But Campagnolo-style aftermarket replacements, which fit perfectly, are available.

Modolo Equipe calipers

Close-up of the calipers. The barely worn brake pads show the brakeset got very little use.

Equipe brake calipers

The calipers from the back. If you need a different rear caliper fixing nut (this one doesn't have a flange), we'll be glad to change it out for you.

Modolo Equipe levers

Close-up of the levers. They are made for external cables.


Modolo Speedy black anodized brakeset. Used, $70.00

Part# BR-20

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 this brakeset 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.

The rear brake pads appear to be new; the front ones show some wear.

Modolo Speedy brakset

This set has the clear silicon anatomic lever hoods.

Modolo Speedy Brakset

Back side of the calipers, showing the allen-key fittings.

Speedy Black brakset

Full disclosure: One lever hood has a tear. It is still perfectly usable.


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 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