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8s Campy Era alternative brake calipers? What was in vogue?

Old 02-28-12, 02:31 PM
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8s Campy Era alternative brake calipers? What was in vogue?

I know these days most people go with off-brand brake calipers with their groupsets, for lightness and more braking power. Did this happen in the 90's? I'm trying to make a Campy 8s period-ish road warrior and am considering all options since I need to buy brake calipers.

Any bright ideas? Prefer to stick with dual pivot for the front, possibly rear.

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Old 02-28-12, 02:34 PM
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I've got some 2001 Veloce calipers if you are interested. Not sue if this is what you are looking for.
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I'm personally a huge fan of monoplanars but that may just be because they look great !
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I've got some of the 8s Chorus (maybe Athena) non-monoplanars in good shape, except they have non-original nuts installed, if you're interested.
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IIRC, the single biggest competitor to Campy calipers in the (early) 80s were Modolo Professionals. They looked cool, pricey, had supposedly superior materials and performance, and I saw them added to a lot of Italian pimped up rides that had Campy.
The other big players were Suntour Superbe Pro, and Shimano Dura Ace EX, both excellent performing single pivots. Then late 80s, saw Shimano SLR taking the lead. The Campy Monoplaner were probably the best offering from Campy. Not only a work of art, but they performed and not finicky like Deltas.

It's going to be tough to maintain an 80s look with modern dual pivots. But if you desire the increase in leverage they provide, I'd go with non-skeleton Campy calipers. Early Record, Chorus, or Centaur DP calipers have an elegant sculpted look to them.
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For Campy 8-sp setups, I've run Dia Comp BRS-200's, and then Veloce, Daytona, Athena, and Chorus.
None of them were bad looking, nor did I think any detracted from the looks. I had Deltas, but now I don't.

Prior to the dual-pivot era, I thought the monoplaners and the Universal AER's were a dead heat, looks-wise.
There were few calipers as nicely finished as the beefy AER's, but they are not the stoppers that dual pivots are.

I just converted a "nutted" bike to recessed mount Athenas, and it looks just fine.
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Since you're not going matching gruppo, I'd put silver skeletons on - gorgeous, light, effective.
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I vote you go with 9/10s era dual pivot Veloce+. They look great and work VERY well. I've got Athena dp's on my AX and Veloce on my MXL. Go with the Skeletons if you've got money to burn as they are lighter/prettier/cooler but IMO my old Athena calipers work as well as any brake I've ever used (including the BB7's on my commuter and hydros on my mtb).

That being said, I have a few pairs of 8s era single pivot Campy calipers and you could certainly have a pair if you wanted to go that route.
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Originally Posted by 4Rings6Stars View Post
I vote you go with 9/10s era dual pivot Veloce+. They look great and work VERY well. I've got Athena dp's on my AX and Veloce on my MXL. Go with the Skeletons if you've got money to burn as they are lighter/prettier/cooler but IMO my old Athena calipers work as well as any brake I've ever used (including the BB7's on my commuter and hydros on my mtb).

That being said, I have a few pairs of 8s era single pivot Campy calipers and you could certainly have a pair if you wanted to go that route.
You can get Veloce Skeletons fairly cheaply.

+1 on Veloce calipers. Have them on more than one bike.
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Man, those are cheap. 2 weeks of shipping from Ribble though...I wanna be riding sooner than that.

I appreciate the suggestions everyone.
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Man, those are cheap. 2 weeks of shipping from Ribble though...I wanna be riding sooner than that.

I appreciate the suggestions everyone.
I got a set of silver, non-skeleton 2012 Veloce dual pivots from Ribble for my '97 Bianchi Trofeo and they look appropriate and very similar to the single pivot Mirages that came stock on the bike - they just stop better. Shipping was about a week, or about the same as Nashbar or other US companies unless you pay for expedited shipping.
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I believe someone posted here that VeloMine will match Ribble pricing. Worth a try.
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Can't hurt to give Ben a call/email...BTW, He has a bunch of 53/39 Athena 11s silver cranks he wants to move, if anyone is looking for a nice alloy UT crankset!

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I believe someone posted here that VeloMine will match Ribble pricing. Worth a try.
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dia compe/cane creek had some lightweight (single pivot) brakes in that era. i belive the cane creek version was made by dia compe but had ti hardware. i remember seeing them on tt bikes in the era but not road bikes. ive only got a short test ride on mine but it was enough to know that they are not overly powerful.


i am also a fan of monoplanars but they still dont have the power of a set of campagnolo dual pivots. (i have both)
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