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Vintage Components - Weinmann Brakes

Weinmann brakes on this page: 605 rear caliper w/Clark's brake blocks | 605 rear caliper | 500 sidepull caliper set | 500 front caliper | 810 long-reach rear caliper

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Weinmann was a Swiss bicycle component manufacturer that began making parts in 1933. Based in the northern Switzerland town of Schaffhaussen, the firm was incredibly successful in supplying European and American bike companies (in the U.S., notably Schwinn) with their core products: side- and center-pull brakes. Weinmann also made cantilever brake calipers, rims and cranks. Though a Swiss firm, Weinmann had factories in Switzerland, Belgium, West Germany and the USA.

Because their brakes were very well-designed and made as well as competitively priced, it seemed that nearly all mid-range bikes from Europe (except some French and Italian makers, who chose Mafac or Universal) came with Weinmann brakes.

It's hard to exactly date the firm's demise, but with the shift of production of consumer bikes to the far east as well as Weinmann's basic failure to update its product, its end was inevitable. Some time in the early 1990s Weinmann ceased to exist.

The side-pull calipers came in different reaches, 500mm for close-reach bikes with no fenders as well as 730, 810, 890 and 1020 mm reach. I've read of 400s, but never seen them. There was also a Weimann dual-pivot "Symetric" caliper made in the 1970s.


Weinmann 605 standard-reach rear brake caliper with Clark's brake blocks. Used, $35.00

This is a first-generation Weinmann 605 with incised lettering and a metal front cap nut on the center bolt. The calipers were made this way from 1978 into the early 1980s.

Weinmann 605 calipers

Front view. The wheel guides are standard on 605 calipers

Weinmann 605 caliper

Side view

Weinmann 605 caliper

From the back.


Weinmann 605 standard-reach rear brake caliper. Used, $30.00

  • This caliper has a replacement adjusting barrel, not the original 605 piece
  • This caliper has inset black labeling with rounded brake pad holders. We date it to the mid-1980s

Weinmann rear brake caliper

Front view

Weinmann 605 rear brake caliper

Side view

Weinmann rear brake caliper

From the back


Weinmann 500 side-pull brake front & rear calipers with quick release. $35.00

Part# BR-55

  • Probably produced in the early 1980s, but hard to date them exactly.
  • These calipers have a minimum brake-pad reach of 43mm and a max of 56mm

Weinmann 500 brake calipers

These are simple, effective stoppers

Weinmann caliper

Close-up

Weinmann brake quick release

The quick-release is simple

Weinmann brake caliper

These calipers were made in West Germany, back when there was a West Germany


Weinmann 500 side-pull front brake caliper. Used, $20.00

  • Probably produced in the mid-1980s, but hard to date them exactly.
  • These calipers have a minimum brake-pad reach of 43mm and a max of 56mm

Weinmann 500 front brake caliper

Front view

Weinmann front caliper

Top view showing mounting hardware


Weinmann 810 long-reach rear brake caliper. Used, $30.00

The cable routing on this caliper is set up for a mixte or step-through frame, but the housing stop and cable anchor bolt are easily switched to work on a standard diamond frame.

Weinmann 810 brake caliper

Front view

Weinmann 810 caliper

From the side

Weinmann 810 caliper

The back of the caliper