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Old 02-12-09, 12:17 PM   #1
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Adding quick release to Campy brakes?

I'm building a road bike for my friend and in need of some decent duel-pivot brakes. I remember buying a good pair of Ultegra 6500's for around $25 a few years ago on eBay. Now it seems like they are going closer to $60!

However there is an abundance of Campagnolo brakes for sale relatively cheap. Their main drawback is the lack of quick release at the brake to remove the wheel without deflating the tire. Does anyone have an ingenious way around this problem? I'm committed to using the Shimano brifters he's provided so switching isn't an option. Ive thought of notching the caliper and using a reducing ferrule. So to activate the "quick release," I just pull the reducing ferrule out of its place, sliding the cabe thorough the notch, and letting the brake housing slip down, reducing tension and opening the calipers. But I'm not 100% this would work and not sure if I want to cut a big notch out of some nice shiny brakes.

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Install the Campy's in such a way that you can loosen them sufficiently with the cable-adjusting screw on the sides.
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Use the threaded cable slack adjusters as your release mechanism. Set the brakes up so you have to unthread the adjuster thimble almost all the way out to set the pad clearance properly. Then, when you want to remove or install the wheel with an inflated tire, just thread the thimble all the way in. It isn't exactly a "quick release" but it does work.
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add some inline cable adjusters, combined with the barrel adjusters on the brakes, they should allow the caliper to open up more than enough.
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However there is an abundance of Campagnolo brakes for sale relatively cheap.
Just curious, but what model, how cheap, and where are they on sale?
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Their main drawback is the lack of quick release at the brake to remove the wheel without deflating the tire. Does anyone have an ingenious way around this problem?
snip the brake cable.
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Just curious, but what model, how cheap, and where are they on sale?
Ive been eyeballing Veloce on e-bay and seen new ones go for around $25. I think new Centaur can be had from Icycles for around $40.
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might as well just buy some tektro calipers which can be had for a similar price and have QR levers instead of having to add extra fudge into the brake line.

also don't forget about the arm reach you need to get the pads to line up with the rim as well as having the correct length mounting bolt.
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