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Vintage Components - Shimano Brakes

On this page: Dura-Ace 1st generation brakeset | Dura-Ace 7403 brake calipers | Dura-Ace 7800 brake calipers | 600 standard reach calipers | 105 dual-pivot calipers | 105 brake levers | Tourney sidepull calipers | Deore XT BR-M739 articulated V-brake front & rear calipers | STX RC cantilever calipers | STX SE cantilever calipers | Deore XT MTB brake levers | Deore LX BL-M570 ATB brake levers

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Shimano introduced its first professional level component group in 1973, labelling it Dura-Ace. This was also the first year Campagnolo produced its Super Record groupset. Shimano continually improved its Dura-Ace components. But Shimano really silenced all critics when Andy Hampsten won the 1988 Giro d'Italia on a Dura-Ace equipped bike.

Dura-Ace first generation complete B-210 brake set. used $130.00

Part# BR-33

These are the first generation of Dura-Ace single pivot brakes. They were produced from 1973 to 1979. Shimano's original part number was B-210 and in 1975 was renamed BA-100. The levers appear to be M-140's, which were made 1973-1976.

They have nutted center bolts and are standard reach.

Oh, and they are in wonderful condition.

Dura Ace brakeset

This set even has its original hoods. Sweet.

Dura Ace calipers

Close-up of the calipers. There is some rust on the chrome-plated QR hardware and the wheel guides.

Dura Ace caliper backs

And the caliper backs.

Dura Ace brakeset

The levers with their original hoods.

Dura Ace levers

Another view

Shimano 7403 series brake calipers. $90.00

Part# BR-30

  • We date these calipers as 1990 production. They have the high-mechanical advantage dual-pivot design, both front and rear.
  • These calipers have a minimum brake-pad reach of 39mm and a max of 49mm

Shimano Dura-Ace calipers

The rear caliper (left) has some scuffing. You can see it in the photo

Shimano Dura Ace calipers

Back of the calipers. They are in wonderful condition.

Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 brake calipers - $70.00

Part# BR-31

The Dura-Ace 7800 groupset was produced from 2006 through 2008. These calipers, with a reach of 39mm to 49mm are in lovely condition.

Shimano Dura-Ace brake calipers

Shimano put a lovely finish on these calipers. Note, they are dual-pivot for high mechanical advantage.

Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 brake calipers

You can see Shimano's engineers removed all excess material to make rigid, light and strong calipers.

Shimano 600 BR-6200 standard reach calipers. used. $40.00

Part# BR-32-03

  • Nearly indistinguishable variations of this caliper set were produced from 1975 into the early 1980s.
  • These calipers have nutted center bolts.
  • Caliper reach is 43 - 57mm according to the Shimano catalogue.

Shimano 600 calipers

There is some rust on the the quick-release pivots.

Shimano 600 calipers

From the back

Shimano 105 BR 5600 short reach dual-pivot brake calipers. used $50.00

Part# BR-34

  • This is a powerful set of calipers in beautiful condition

Shimano 105 calipers

They have a titanium finish that will go with any bike.

Shimano 105 calipers

And from the back. They have allen-key recessed mounting bolts, of course.

Shimano 105 - Golden Arrow brake levers. used. $30.00

Part# BL-31

Shimano part # Z-306

  • These Shimano 105 brake levers are part of the first generation of 105 parts, which Shimano called "Golden Arrow". Some of components of this group had a "Golden Arrow" pattern engraved on them, but the brake levers did not.
  • Produced 1983 - 1986

Shimano brake levers

Gently used

Shimano brake levers

Lovely condition

Shimano Tourney calipers. used. $30.00

Part# BR-34

  • There are many variations of the basic, well-made and reliable caliper. We're dating this set to the early 1980s.
  • It features Shimano "Safety-pivot" mechanism, which can be seen in the photo of the back of the calipers. This helped keep the calipers centered and applying and and even closure when the brakes were applied.
  • They have a reach of 43 - 53mm.

Shimano Tourney calipers

From the front. They have good clearance for bikes with fenders.

Shimano Tourney calipers

From the back, showing the "Safety-pivot" mechanism.

Shimano Deore XT BR-M739 Articulated V-Brake front & rear calipers. Lightly used, $100.00

These brakes have a linkage that allows the pads to move in and out in a horizontal line to the rim, instead of a slanted arc as with regular V- brakes. The pads are also kept at the same angle throughout the stroke. This design makes the brakes very powerful, yet very controllable.

XT V Brake

The front calipers

V brakes

Another close view of the front calipers

Shimano V brakes

And a third picture of the front calipers

Rear calipers

The rear calipers

V Brakes

Side view of the rear calipers

Shimano STX RC cantilever brake calipers. New, $50.00

Part# 81087

  • These were produced in the early to mid 1990s.

STX-RC calipers

Their high-end finish will help make any bike look good.

Shimano STX SE cantilever brake calipers. Lightly used, $40.00

Shimano part# BR-MC32

Shimano STX SE calipers

Shimano Deore XT 700 brake levers. Used $40.00

Part# BL-85

  • These levers were produced 1983 - 1986. They are sometimes call 4-finger levers because of their generous gripping surface.
  • Though the anodization is a bit worn, they work like new and will give many years of service. Shimano truly overbuilt these excellent levers. If you are building, restoring or repairing a 1980s mountain bike, these are your levers.

Shimano Deore  MTB levers

These levers use the large-diameter barrel brake cables.

Shimano Deore XT levers

These levers have seen a lot of fun, and they have a lot more excitement left in them.

Shimano Deore levers

Close-up showing the anodization wear.

Deore LX BL-M570 ATB brake levers. New, 65.00

These levers have a power adjuster which allows the rider to change the relationship between the brake input and output. If the power adjuster is moved, the braking force can be dramatically increased, so that a high level of braking power can be achieved with only a small amount of of lever movement.

Deore brake levers

The power adjusters can be seen with settings from low (L) to high (H).

Deore brake levers

The flip side.