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Was Athena the most beautiful '90s brakeset from Campagnolo?

Old 07-28-20, 08:53 PM
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Was Athena the most beautiful '90s brakeset from Campagnolo?

These are pretty damn nice looking. Just wish I had a bike to put them on. Besides the monoplanars, I think these might take the cake from the '90s Campy catalog. Not that there was a lot of competition. I really like the beefiness of them. And that anodization. I guess they can go either aero or non. Velobase says the pads/shoes became rounded for '91 and '92.

Hoods are pretty decent, but how difficult are they to replace? Also assume kool-stop makes replacement pads for the shoes.

Ebay isn't much help on price. Would you sell the whole brakeset together? With the quick release only on the lever, seems reasonable to keep them as a set. I was thinking $100.



Crap. I have two of the pads switched around the wrong way.

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"Was Athena the most beautiful '90s brakeset from Campagnolo?"

No.
I like the Record Ti series. Lighter, nicer looking and work better.

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Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
"Was Athena the most beautiful '90s brakeset from Campagnolo?"

No.
I like the Record Ti series. Lighter, nicer looking and work better.

But - that "record" looks like the decal on a 105 part. The Athena is just classic with its modest logo.
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The first generation of Athena was Campagnolo's most beautiful groupset from the 1990s onwards. Nothing has matched it since.
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Originally Posted by NatusEstInSuht View Post
The first generation of Athena was Campagnolo's most beautiful groupset from the 1990s onwards. Nothing has matched it since.
To me they just look "Fat". But I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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"Was Athena the most beautiful 90s brake set?"

In my opinion, no but dropped in 92'



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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
But - that "record" looks like the decal on a 105 part. The Athena is just classic with its modest logo.

I agree- it was much harder for non experts to differentiate what group was what before , but I liked the simple engraved or stenciled Campy logo much better too
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Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
To me they just look "Fat". But I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I'd prefer the word 'voluptuous'.
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
"Was Athena the most beautiful 90s brake set?"

In my opinion, no but dropped in 92'



This looks like an armless dude laying pipe to the HT. Maybe he's using his 'bit" to drill holes for a badge to be screwed on. If you look at the first pic, the DT shifters could be his arms, He is holding on for a hard ride.

In all seriousness, It just looks like a big glob of metal. As said previously, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Definitely on the opposite end of the design spectrum than say, a Stronglight crank.
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Velobase tells me my levers are Chorus, not Athena, because there's a shield logo behind the clamp.​​​​​ It's not blank, like Athena.

Unless the Chorus group included calipers that looked like mine (without being monoplanars), I'll go on assuming these calipers are Athena D500 as shown on this page:

https://velobase.com/ViewComponent.as...09f5e&Enum=117

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Surfer,
I would still post them at higher than $100 on e-bay. If selling here perhaps that is a deal for someone. Smiles, MH
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story behind this pic: Shimano 600 Arabeque

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A set that was aiming directly at style was the circa 1980 Shimano 600 "Arabesque." "Arabeque" is this type of decoration. I got a bike at a garage sale one day, a few years back, for $10. It was a lousy bike, a heavy "Kent," but had the Arabesque stuff on it. I pulled off the Arabesque stuff and sold it for well more than $10, and threw the lousy frame and tires away.
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