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Vintage Components - Modolo Brakes

On this page: Professional black lever set | Equipe calipers | Speedy silver levers | Flash silver calipers | America brake lever | Modolo tandem brake levers (1 lever operates 2 cables) | Rocky Cross cantilever calipers | 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 set. Used, $200.00/for the set

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.

We discovered that these levers have right & left hoods after we photographed them separately

Modolo professional lever

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

Modolo professional lever

A side view

Modolo pro brake lever

Here's the other lever.

Modolo Professional lever

Here's the second lever turned around.

Modolo brake lever

Front view

Modolo professional lever

Looking inside the second lever.

Modolo Pro lever

And the top of the lever.

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 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 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 Rocky cantilever calipers with sinterized brake pads. New, $200.00 for the set

  • Produced in the 1980s
  • Designed for cyclocross bikes.

Modolo Rocky brake calipers

All the parts are there, including spare straddle cables.

Rocky brake calipers

And after almost four decades, they are still new, in the box.

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