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Old 07-10-21, 10:16 PM
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Campagnolo brake levers

Hi guys. I have a question. Why do vintage campy levers go for so much coin? It turns out that if I want to have full campy on my latest resto, I'm going to have to pay more for the levers than for the whole bike, lol.
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it is weird. I've got two sets of calipers myself and hoping to find a reasonably priced pair. I've done modolo until I can find some. Suntour Superbe levers, conversely, are fairly common but the Superbe drivetrain parts are more expensive than Campagnolo.
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Because they're beautiful, especially in their original, glowing anodization.

Fortunately you can substitute Triomphe, Victory, or Gran Sport while you're looking for your prized pair of Record or Super Record. Maybe even find some with a lot of road rash that you can polish up to a mirror finish.
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Lots of nice alternatives out there, but you know how it is, you get something in your head, and it's got to be that.
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My Bianchi came with Modolos, which are very similar to the Campags, but I substituted Shimano aeros because, in my hands, their shorter reach and greater leverage facilitate safer, faster panic stops. This is also why I never cared for Mafac brake levers, but really like Weinmann Vainqueur 999s and their DiaCompe clones, which fit my hands extremely well.
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Originally Posted by G.Varela View Post
Hi guys. I have a question. Why do vintage campy levers go for so much coin? It turns out that if I want to have full campy on my latest resto, I'm going to have to pay more for the levers than for the whole bike, lol.
which vintage levers? SR/NR era? While there may have been tens of thousands many many have been well used and scratched up. Then there are the hoods which tend to degrade so if you nice 40+ year old levers you gotta pay.

CampI did a Shipmano thing with the Chorus and later brakes incorporating the QR into lever so if you’re using those brakes you kinda need their levers. Again most are 30ish and if you want nice ones you gotta pay.

personally I think the Chorus era are the best levers since you can run them aero or traditional and the larger size gives you more to to grab while you’re trying to climb an overpass or speed bump
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Originally Posted by G.Varela View Post
Hi guys. I have a question. Why do vintage campy [insert component here] go for so much coin? It turns out that if I want to have full campy on my latest resto, I'm going to have to pay more for the [insert component here] than for the whole bike, lol.
Fixed that for you.
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Old 07-11-21, 05:27 PM
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I have a theory on this. I was working at a shop in the late 80s when everyone suddenly wanted aero levers and clip in pedals. I remember swapping out lots of SR levers for DiaCompe aero ones. No one wanted the old levers anymore and as a result they were thrown in the trash. Same with campy SR pedals which are also very pricey now. Had I not been a stupid kid at the time I would have a box of both right now that I could use for retirement. So yes I think it’s supply and demand.
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A lot of high end bikes compromised on the brakes to save money. Modolos, weinmann centerpulls, mafac racers were on bikes that were otherwise super or nuovo record equipped. The nuovo record brake levers just weren't as plentiful as other nuovo record bits and consequently are less common.
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