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Just how bad are Campy Delta brakes?(11 posts)

Just how bad are Campy Delta brakes?Mel Erickson
Oct 30, 2003 6:02 AM
I'm planning on building a bike this winter and a friend has a set of Delta brakes he's willing to sell to me. In my opinion they are the classiest looking brakes ever made. The rest of the bike will be Chorus/Record 10spd mix. How hard are these brakes to install and set up? How bad is their stopping power? Will they work well enough for non-racing type riding (150-200 miles a week with centuries)?
Biggest problem is noise...ismellcabbage
Oct 30, 2003 6:55 AM
I broke down and bought my riding partner a new set of brakes because three years of Delta brake chatter and squeal was all I could stand.
re: Campy Delta brakes....... classy anchors.kiwisimon
Oct 30, 2003 7:03 AM
Agreed they are the pure class, I used them for the type of riding your planning on doing for over 5 years with no problems as long as you have a 3.5 mm allen key wrench. Campy chose to use this size as the bolt to secure the cable with, its almost impossible to find at a general hardstore and I think I had to get mine from Snap on or order from Campy.They are called fast brakes due to the speed you are going after you use them and they are heavier than the other newer campy brakes but you'll have something sexy slowing your bike down for you. Buy them and brake less, hell they might even make you a faster rider. Maintanance is pretty simple so hope this helps
simon in japan
delta brakes? Oh, speed modulators! nmwspokes
Oct 30, 2003 7:20 AM
Oct 30, 2003 7:37 AM
Riding in a group they were abslolutely the best feel for slowing a bike from 25 mph to 24.5 without putting the guy behind you on top of your back wheel.

With Ergo or STI they must take some strong hands to make a panic stop. I put the front brake on the right lever, got some old levers, and took the cables out from under the bar tape to give me a little more braking power.
Aren't those the big triangle-shaped ones??? (nm)funknuggets
Oct 30, 2003 8:24 AM
how fast are you going re: Just how bad are Campy Delta brakes?charlieboy
Oct 30, 2003 9:11 AM
check out Campy only for a whole load of info about installation and a road test
Heavy, expensive, and don't stop.alansutton
Oct 30, 2003 9:33 AM
if you're willing to sacrifice performancedesmo
Oct 30, 2003 4:51 PM
for style than use them. I personally can't stand them and don't really like the look as well. In fact the whole "C-Record" period leaves me cold. I love NR, like SR, and think the current stuff is about as pretty as it gets. The fact that modern Record/Chorus, etc. works so well is just icing on the cake. Again, I know a lot of guys that love the way those Delta's look, and sometimes it's better to look good than work good. I love and ride 1960's Triumph motorcycles to prove that point!
Their "badness" is highly overratedKerry Irons
Oct 30, 2003 6:06 PM
I rode them for 10 years and NEVER had the problems reported with noise and weak stopping. In fact, they had gobs of stopping power for me. It could be that there were Record Deltas and other Deltas, and perhaps the "others" were not as stiff. My wife still has them on her bike (14 years) and they work fine to this day. IMO their primary drawbacks are weight and a difficult setup, not braking power. Even the difficult setup is a once a year experience, so not a deal breaker.
Their "badness" is highly overratedrussw19
Oct 30, 2003 7:36 PM
Actually, although not as collectable, the Croce D' Aune Deltas that you refer to as the "other Deltas" worked a little better and had a lighter feel due to Campy moving the springs to the outside. But they weren't anywhere near as good looking.

The trick to these is to not set them up too tight. You need to be able to squeeze the levers a bit before the pads touch to make them work right. The biggest problem most people have is that they set these too tight. I learned the trick to setting them up at a race during Superweek from Greg Lemond's mechanic when he rode for Coors Light/ADR. Don't try to make them tight and they will stop. They are a cam type brake... you need to have them engage a little before the pads touch the rims to get max power out of them. Anyone riding them, give that a try.