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any views/experience with campy monoplanars??(9 posts)

any views/experience with campy monoplanars??naff geezer
Jan 24, 2002 9:49 AM
do they work OK?

any foibles or irregularities to think about?

possible to fit later model brake pads/shoes?

looking for a cheap set for a second bike and as i have campy brake levers with a quick release built in i thought it would be a nice touch instead of speccing with shimano or dia-compe calipers.

im not expecting standards of braking like current models but i thought if they work pretty well then they would be appropriate.

thanks for any input.
Read somewhere they never worked very wellcory
Jan 24, 2002 12:05 PM
I don't have any experience with them at all, so I could be wrong. Seems to me, though, that I've read a couple of places that they were one of Campy's worst designs--they flexed or something bad and wouldn't stop well.
if somebody who's used them says I'm wrong, believe him and not me. Thought I'd mention it, though, in case you're standing there with money in your hand.
Love it!bn
Jan 24, 2002 12:29 PM
"read somewhere" and "I don't have have any experience with them at all..." That's GOLD!

Chorus with the "through arms" (early 90s) work fine, as you suspect not up to dual pivots, but do you really need brakes that can send you over the bars? I use one front on a fixed, and it stops me just fine. They do work better with plain old aero levers than with Ergos. Pads are really expensive if that matters ($8 EACH) and are getting harder to find.
Feeling better now, bn?cory
Jan 24, 2002 4:25 PM
You got your slam in...are you a man yet?
As I said, I don't know first-hand about them. I thought I'd alert him to a potential condition that might save him some money. As YOU said, they're not up to other contemporary brakes, and parts are expensive. Thanks for verifying that for me...
if you don't know why answer? (nm)biII
Jan 24, 2002 4:31 PM
Feeling better now, bn?curlybike
Jan 26, 2002 4:55 PM
I have a set of the monoplanars and they are great. Yes they are powerful enough.
Love it!curlybike
Jan 26, 2002 4:53 PM
Kool stop makes a reasonable priced replacement
re: any views/experience with campy monoplanars??DMoore
Jan 24, 2002 1:27 PM
Campy monoplanars are great brakes - I had a set of the Chorus calipers. Stiff, responsive, great stopping, but they require a little more lever pressure than do the newer double pivot brakes. If you have small or weak hands that might be a consideration. Otherwise, no problem at all.

One poster talked about rumored problems with the brakes. I think he has confused the monoplanars with the older Delta brakes, that did indeed have their problems.

I'm sure original pads are still available, and there's no reason why newer pads and holders wouldn't fit if that was your preference.

If you can get a set in good shape at a good price - do it.
thanks for your responses. nmnaff geezer
Jan 24, 2002 2:29 PM