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Old 12-14-07, 12:49 PM   #1
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Campy Brake QR lever?

Hmmm I am replacing some Cannondale branded brakes with Campagnolo Centaur brakes and they do not have a lever to open the brakes up wider like I am used to. Is that correct or am I missing something?
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Old 12-14-07, 02:29 PM   #2
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It's the little metallic button on the shifters.
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Hmm I never noticed that button before! I still have the Cannondale brakes on so when I pushed the lever button nothing happens. (the Cannondale brakes have the QR levers on the brakes themselves) When the Campagnolo brakes are installed will the shifter button then magically work?
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Hmm I never noticed that button before! I still have the Cannondale brakes on so when I pushed the lever button nothing happens. (the Cannondale brakes have the QR levers on the brakes themselves) When the Campagnolo brakes are installed will the shifter button then magically work?
Campy brakes rely on the campy levers to open/close up the calipers for tire install/removal. On the lever there is a post above the lever pivot that you slide from one side to the other to open/close the caliper to install/remove the tire. Looks like you might have an issue if you are using a campy brake w/o a campy lever. This is how it works on my bike with '05 Campy Veloce (sample size of 1).
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No I have the Campy Shifter/brake levers and have the button mentioned. I have slid the button over (with the Cannondale brakes installed) and nothing happened.
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Old 12-14-07, 03:04 PM   #6
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Why I am confused (at least partially) is when I took the Campagnolo brakes to a bike shop (for a unrelated issue) the, apparently clueless shop employee, said that the lever was "missing" . Now that y'all have helped me locate the slide button, I will hope for the best and recap later.
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No I have the Campy Shifter/brake levers and have the button mentioned. I have slid the button over (with the Cannondale brakes installed) and nothing happened.
One possibility is that the brakes were setup and tensioned with the levers in the "caliper-open" position.
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One possibility is that the brakes were setup and tensioned with the levers in the "caliper-open" position.
Most likely. Many "mechanics" do not know what that button is for.
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Old 12-14-07, 05:22 PM   #9
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Take a trip to Greenville and go to The Great Escape.
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Hmm I prefer Sunshine if I go all the way to Greenville. : ) Will put them on tomorrow. Recap then Thanks for all the help.
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The type of brakes is irrelevant. The little button loosens the cable tension. I agree with the opinion that the brakes may have been adjusted with the button in the wrong place.
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q/r

If the brake QR pin/button is pushed to the outside of the lever, it is in the open position.
The tip of the lever is forward about an extra inch in the open position.
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Hmm I prefer Sunshine if I go all the way to Greenville. : ) Will put them on tomorrow. Recap then Thanks for all the help.
I don't know Sunshine, never heard of them. The owner of The Great Escape and Lowcountry Bicycles (Beaufort, SC) seem to be on good terms, even though Great Escape's old service manager is at Lowcountry now.
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http://www.sunshinecycle.com/ site and shop don't look like much but very helpful and friendly, supposedly "George Hincapie's local shop"

Still waiting to put on Campy brakes, thanks again for all the help!
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