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Old 08-25-12, 09:42 PM   #1
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Old Campagnolo Record brakes with newer 23mm wide rims does this work?

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.as...4-a42ee1bc76ea

Using the white hooded c-record levers: http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.as...m=118&AbsPos=1

Will these things open far enough to allow use of the 23mm rims?
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Old 08-25-12, 09:55 PM   #2
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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?
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I've used those brakes with Super Champion mod. 58 rims, which are 23mm wide.
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I agree.
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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.
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You'll like the ride from those wider rims. Makes clinchers more like tubulars (ie. round)
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