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Record brake questions.(5 posts)

Record brake questions.the Phantom
Feb 25, 2002 12:01 PM
I have recently purchased a new custom bike with Campy Record 10 components.
Question:The rear brake caliper is a new single pivot, differential type, is the brake equally as powerful as the dual pivot front brake calipers? First ride found the rear to be a little weaker and less powerful braking. This takes some getting use to. We all know that the front brake should be doing most of the stoping, is the weaker rear intended to be this way or was the design changed for simply weight reasons?
Brake answers...Cima Coppi
Feb 25, 2002 12:45 PM
Since the majority of braking power comes from the front brake, Campy did decide to withdraw the braking power and heavier weight of the dual pivot caliper in the rear. By opting for the single pivot design, a fair amount of total weight was reduced (I do not know how much, but there is an article about it on Campy Only's website.

I find the single pivot brake is perfect for touch-up breaking in a pack, while I rely on using both brakes when quick stopping is needed.

Here is the Campy Only article...Cima Coppi
Feb 25, 2002 12:48 PM

Another advantageKerry Irons
Feb 25, 2002 4:53 PM
The differential concept reduces the likelihood of rear wheel lockups, which not only affect handling but destroy rear tires due to skidding. Saving a couple of ounces in the process makes this a good alternative to setting the rear brake pads farther from the rim to accomplish the same purpose.
yes, less lockup...koala
Feb 26, 2002 6:36 AM
I read an article that said feedback to campy was that it was too easy to lock the rear and this was their primary motivation to change the rear brake.I like my new chorus setup and it is better in performance than my old record brakes of 8 speed vintage.