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Campagnolo Center-pull brakes

Posted on | March 31, 2011 | 6 Comments


Campagnolo has announced a center-pull forged alloy brakes for it’s TT line. Called U brakes they are available in center-pull for the rear and lateral pull for front and rear. No specs yet but as they are aimed at Time Trials clearances are likely to be minimal.

Those center-pulls look like an updated MAFAC. The lateral pull front can be mounted behind the fork for better aero advantage. Other then aero, I wonder what Campagnolo considered about this technology to be an advantage in the TT? Campagnolo, how about a longer reach silver alloy version?

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6 Responses to “Campagnolo Center-pull brakes”

  1. JP
    April 2nd, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    This is, in essence, what bmx companies have been refining for the last 8 years.

  2. Jake
    April 4th, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    Specialized uses a u-brake on its Shiv time trial bike, and while I can’t think of a team that uses both the Shiv and Campagnolo, the Shiv’s use of the u-brake cannot be unique. There must be other frame manufacturers doing it. And they do it so they can stuff the brake into a recessed area of the frame, and the recessed area would have to be larger (at least on one side) for a side pull, thus creating an aerodynamic obstacle. It may well make running the brake cables internally a bit more straight forward, as well as facilitating adjustment. UCI rules require that manufacturers sell everything they put on pro-team bikes or else they can’t use it. So voila! we have a centerpull brake from Campy. What I don’t understand is the lateral pull versions. I would expect the centerpull version to be best aerodynamically, while the lateral pull version would just replicate some of the space issues of the side pull with that noodle out to one side.

  3. Taylor
    April 20th, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    These are TT specific brakes; the lateral pull brakes are designed to sit behind the fork crown, and the center pull brake is designed to sit down by the BB. It’s not that this technology is specifically more aerodynamic, but it allows frame design elements that are more aerodynamic.

  4. Chris
    May 16th, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Those in the photo are are Tektro R725 brakes.
    Not Campy. They have been around for several years. Google them.

  5. admin
    May 16th, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    They do indeed look identical front and rear. Tektro lists them as an OEM only product I guess Campagnolo is sourcing them from Tektro.

    Link to Tektro TT btakes: http://www.tektro.com/_english/01_products/00_bikeslist.php?pid=4

  6. SpencerSalmon
    December 3rd, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    The sad part about these brakes is that they are manufactured in Taiwan, so they are most like identical to the tektros.

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