The best defense is reliable braking.
Braking isn't the most attractive element of cycling. We prefer the speed of a tucked solo effort or the hard work and big payoff of a long climb, so we tend to relegate braking to the back-burner while daydreaming about our bikes at work. Still, brakes are your first defense against personal injury while riding, so we do take them very seriously. With the new option to run Chorus Skeleton Brakes with Dual-Pivot calipers in the front and rear, we know that Campagnolo does, too.
Dual-pivot brakes have a greater lever length on both sides, so they produce more power on the wheel's braking track. Previous setups have used dual-pivot up front but a single-pivot model in the back. Two dual-pivot brakes means that you've got maximum stopping power for maximum safety. This is further complemented by the forged skeleton design, which was and remains focused on stopping power, ease of use, and lightness. Its strength is due to the fact that no part of its body is machined.
The brakes retain the updated brake shoes, brake pads, and graphics of their predecessors. They also hang on to the safety tab that hangs on to your pads, keeping them from accidentally falling out. The tab is in the back half of the shoe and is released with a little leverage from a small, common screwdriver. While the Chorus brakes' skeleton design makes them lightweight, they gain some weight by omitting the alloy and titanium hardware of Record and Super Record models.
- Q & A
Campy 4 Life
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've been a Campy guy for 25 years; oh, sure, I've dabbled with the alternative lifestyles that are Shimano and SRAM, but my heart will always be in Italy.
Just made the upgrade from 10-speed to 11-speed on my Richard Sachs, and decided to go with the workhorse Chorus group, instead of the spendier Record or Super Record groups.
So far, I'm impressed. Even though the new levers are shaped differently than the old 10-speed Record stuff, they are still super comfortable, still shift just as well (if not better), and are still as sexy to look at as Campy has always been.
Really looking forward to more saddle time outside as we pass out of sprinter and into summer.
Campagnolo Chorus 2016 Brake levers
I have ridden Campagnolo for years with no problems and decided to update with a full 2016 Chorus groupset. Descending at approx. 40-45 miles per hour the rear brake locked solid after a small jolt from a pot hole, no input on the brake lever, the brake remained locked on after the bike was stationary. The rear brake released when the lever was pushed sideways.
Puzzled by this and having found nothing on various forums I tried to repeat the situation by jolting the bike. To my surprise the front brake locked solid without any input from the lever. Levers, brakes etc. going back to Campagnolo. The groupset was fitted by an experienced cycle mechanic who believes there is a likelihood of a problem in either the nipple diameter or the hole within which it locates in the brake lever.
Has anyone else had a similar issue?
The groupset has only been used in dry conditions, there is no snagging or drag on the cables.