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Making Campy SR brake levers aero(4 posts)

Making Campy SR brake levers aeroWoofer
Apr 6, 2001 7:40 AM
Anyone know how to reroute the brake cable in older
Campy Super Record levers to make them aero? I've seen pics of Sean Kelly & others like this. I know they'd have to be drilled and fitted
with an inner sleeve or somehow.
they came that wayJiggy
Apr 6, 2001 7:47 AM
re: Making Campy SR brake levers aeroTom
Apr 6, 2001 12:09 PM
You know you're right. I remember an ad in the back of the old Bicycling magazine from about 1985-87 in which a guy offered to convert SR-NR levers to aero for about 10 bucks.My first instinct was that sending Sheldon Brown an email at Harris Cyclery might get you a lead in the right direction.
Define aeroKerry Irons
Apr 7, 2001 5:57 AM
I am assuming you mean aero cable routing? If by "drilled and fitted" you mean that the lever body was drilled so that a cable casing could be inserted (to allow routing under the bar tape), it takes more than this. You have to have a roller or some other mechanism to convert the vertical (relative to the lever body) cable motion into horizontal cable motion (through the lever body). I don't know this, but I suspect that the pictures you see of Kelly's bike probably had CLB PROFIL levers mounted. They looked much like Campy SR from a distance, but were designed for the cable to exit the back of the lever body - you acually drilled a hole in the handlebar and routed the casing through the bars, out another hole drilled near the stem. Don't see how the effort would be worth it for SR levers, which were not designed to do this in the first place.

PS It is possible that Campy made an "aero SR" lever - I just don't remember. If so, it would have had different internals than a standard SR lever, including a roller surface to redirect the cable toward the back of the lever body.