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Old 10-17-11, 11:38 AM
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Beauty vs. function: Campagnolo Athena Monoplane brakes...

Hi All,

I've always loved the way Campy Athena brakes look.

Any comments on their performance? How do they stack up to the performance of Shimano 600 single pivots? (my reference point for single pivots)

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I've never used them, but I agree that they have a very cool look.
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At least some iterations of the Athenas weren't a true "monoplaner" design -though the monoplaners may have moved down the Campagnolo lineup into the Athena group at one point. I can't see you pic on my work computer, so I can't tell which version you linked to.
I have versions of these brakes on two of my regular riders. Interestingly, the true monoplaners Chorus brakes on my Bianchi are only so-so stoppers, while the non-monoplaner Athena brakes on my Bill Holland are really excellent. The relative weights up the bikes and the way they're set obviously could obviously have a lot to do with this, but that's my subective experience, FWIW.
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Your picture shows the 2nd generation Athena brakes, whish are monoplanar. As Pichio wrote, the 1st version was not monoplanar.
I am using the Chorus monoplanar version and they work good. I had Shimano 105 single pivot on the same frame, and they are similar in performance.
I also had Shimano 105 dual pivot and Campagnolo Centaur brakes on this frame. The Chorus are my favorite and they look great.
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Another vote for the conventional Athena brakes. I have them on a Cinelli and they work as nice as they look. I never rode with monoplanars. Seems to me like a solution to a non-existent problem.

Pretty, though.
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i have some mirage monoplanars they work well, and i'm sure they are not all that different from the athena version
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Pretty good info on the whole group, brake info on p 2.
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