Classic & Vintage - Old Campagnolo Record brakes with newer 23mm wide rims does this work?
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08-25-12, 10:42 PM
Looking to upgrade my old steel bike in stages. First stage is doing some new wheels using HED C2 on some newer hubs while still using friction shifting until I can afford ergos on it.
It has early 80's Super Record brakes: http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?id=7c595666-0838-4100-8524-a42ee1bc76ea
Using the white hooded c-record levers: http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=D947ED11-0C51-47B0-B5E0-0009B4F7F510&Enum=118&AbsPos=1
Will these things open far enough to allow use of the 23mm rims?
08-25-12, 10:55 PM
These brakes should work fine if you do need to compensate for the slightly narrower rims you can put a 1 or 2mm spacer washwer between the pads and brake arm. Although I would consider some other options there are lot brake options around out there that are a lot cheaper and would work better some 600 series Shimano or Diacompe brakes that are about the same for a lot less. Or maybe even some Tektros for a fraction of the price of the Campy stuff.
I'm confused... aren't the 23mm rims (Velocity A23s, etc.) wider than most vintage rims, such as Ambrosios, Mavic MA-40s, etc?
I would hope the brakes would work fine as using these rims was something that I was considering...
08-25-12, 11:51 PM
There about the same I have found and should work fine from experience most vintage brakes will run with rims between 19mm to 26mm or so with proper adjustment and a little tweaking maybe little more if run modern thinner brake pads with variable spacers. You should be just fine using 23's.
08-26-12, 12:28 AM
I agree you should be fine with those brakes, but unless you already have them or really have a burning desire to have them on your bike get something a bit les expensive but just as good.
What brand and model bike are you upgrading?
08-26-12, 09:12 AM
I've used those brakes with Super Champion mod. 58 rims, which are 23mm wide.
08-26-12, 09:17 AM
08-27-12, 01:01 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone. Sounds like it should be ok until I can get some real brakes on there. Looks like you could even do the newest Centaur dual caliper + Crane Creek levers for less than $100 if you buy from ribble and have as good of braking as you can get.
Bianchigirll: I am updating an early 90's Colnago Master, the first year they came out with the straight fork.
08-27-12, 02:02 PM
You'll like the ride from those wider rims. Makes clinchers more like tubulars (ie. round)
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