Campagnolo Delta Brakes - do they work?

by TheHatter   July 10, 2010  

I recently broke my wifes rule not to visit ebay while I have a glass of wine in my hand. The result was a delivery of some shiny Campagnolo Delta brakes circa late 80's and a large hole in my bank balance.

While I think they'd look fantastic on my old colnago master the more I read on the web the more worried I become as there are so many stories that, whilst universally accepted as beautiful, they don't actually work. Also I'm not clear if the ones I have, which seem to be quite early ones, will work with modern levers.

If anyone has any first hand knowledge I'd be really grateful to hear your opinion.

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Ah, the lovely deltas. you've got yourself a 3.5mm allen key then? Smile

They *do* work. but you've got to get them set up right and they're much, much better with modern pads fitted.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7237 posts]
10th July 2010 - 11:55

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i like that "I recently broke my wifes rule not to visit ebay while I have a glass of wine in my hand". sounds like a lot of people i know, myself included... Big Grin

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
10th July 2010 - 12:54

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Fringe wrote:
i like that "I recently broke my wifes rule not to visit ebay while I have a glass of wine in my hand". sounds like a lot of people i know, myself included... Big Grin

yes thats actually how I came by the Colnago in the first place.

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
10th July 2010 - 18:22

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dave_atkinson wrote:
Ah, the lovely deltas. you've got yourself a 3.5mm allen key then? Smile

They *do* work. but you've got to get them set up right and they're much, much better with modern pads fitted.

no, I didn't get the allen key included though I know to expect a JR Hatleyesque search to find one. Good tip on the modern pads - I did actually get some genuine replacements but I think I'll invest in some good quality modern pads.

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
10th July 2010 - 18:26

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i remember reading somewhere that it's easier to get an imperial key (9/64) and file it down than it is to get a metric one Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7237 posts]
10th July 2010 - 20:42

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Surely it can't be that hard to find a 3.5 mm allen key, now that we have an internet?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1321 posts]
11th July 2010 - 0:02

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Blimey! A fiver for one small allen key… lucky Campag made bits for Lambretta

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4131 posts]
11th July 2010 - 10:44

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Yes everywhere seems to pile on the cost for postage. I'll try my local ironmongers first see if they have it.
I'm beginning to regret buying the brakes and they may go back on ebay ...but they're just so shiny Confused .

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
11th July 2010 - 14:26

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