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Old 07-30-05, 09:06 PM
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opinions on Campy Deltas?

i've never had a set, but i sure lusted after them back in the day.

i'm getting to the point where i could probably afford a set on eBay - i want to build a vintage steel (preferably Italian) bike for a townie. i thought it might be nice to get a set for it.

any expirience with them? anything i should beware of?
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I have no firsthand experience with them, but I've always lusted after them just because I like the way they look. I do know that Peter White of Peter White Cycles says they're the finest road brakes ever made.
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Old 07-30-05, 10:21 PM
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Reminds me of an old girlfriend who was a tri delt sorority girl,
parody of "if its getting late and you can't find a brake (date), tri a delt".

as a mechanic they were nasty to begin, too much rust, there is a strategy to adjust well, the bad rep comes from poor adjustment, some set up contact at the point of poor mechanical advantage for the mechanism. So if one is racing and swapping wheels for race day, different width rims can be a problem.

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As I understand it, the Deltas don't allow you to run very wide tyres. Correct me if I'm wrong, friends.

If that's the case, I'm not sure how appropriate they would be for a townie. At least where I live, tyres 700x23 and narrower aren't ideal for the street.

I should add, though, that I believe they are the most beautiful brakes ever made, without question.

If they are deemed inappropriate for town use, choosing instead to use C-Record brakes would be an inscrutable decision, in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by spider-man

If they are deemed inappropriate for town use, choosing instead to use C-Record brakes would be an inscrutable decision, in my opinion.
I don't understand that.
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the streets are pretty good around here - i've not had any trouble on my 700x23's on my "normal" road bike. i just want something a bit simpler (no front mech) with a little utility (racks) for a townie. figured (since i was going to build it from used parts) i might splurge a little in places...

still need a frame, though. (darn you eBay!)
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Originally Posted by spider-man
As I understand it, the Deltas don't allow you to run very wide tyres. Correct me if I'm wrong, friends.

I should add, though, that I believe they are the most beautiful brakes ever made, without question.

If they are deemed inappropriate for town use, choosing instead to use C-Record brakes would be an inscrutable decision, in my opinion.
They are beautiful brakes. Some people seem to believe they're excellent stoppers too. I've had 4 sets of them, and never even tried them myself though... I bought 'em 5-6 years ago when they were under $200 per set, NOS/NIB. I've still got one set on a NOS ALAN frame from about '92... One of these days I'll finish building that bike & try 'em out.
BTW- Delta brakes were part of both the C-Record and Croce groups, with different versions for each, and something like 4 generations of the Record version. When people had problems with the first of the Record versions, Campagnolo took the Super Record brakes, changed the levers, and added the "jewel" for Cobalto. Many racers preferred the older style brake to the new Delta... They were lighter & easier to set up (and a bunch cheaper).
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Originally Posted by muccapazza
I don't understand that.

Sorry, I meant Cobalto. Tried and true single-pivot technology, easy setup, works pretty good.
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They're campys, need I say more! Classic Italian design. They're beautiful, but functionally ...
Okay, with that said, here a thread that may help.
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ht=campy+delta

Good luck!
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