Campagnolo Super Record 11 Skeleton Brake Calipers $375.00
This is an interesting option Campagnolo has re-introduced with the new model year. A brake set with both front AND rear dual-pivot calipers. For years, Campagnolo has been telling us that a rear dual-pivot brake is too powerful and that a single-pivot both reduces the power and sheds weight. Now they're bringing back the dual-pivot rear with the updated Campagnolo Super Record 11 Skeleton Brake Calipers. Those who were deterred from Campagnolo because of the single-pivot rear can now sally forth into Mundo Campagnolo and get that Campagnolo aegis tattoo they've long dreamed about.
But the dual-pivot rear is not the only new feature on the new skeleton brake calipers. They've also re-designed the brake shoes and the brake pads and call attention to this festival of newness by updating the graphics. A quick look tells you that the shape of the brake shoe is different -- you can see it from all the relieved and skeletonized aluminum and by the new shape of the wheel guides on the bottom. What's harder to see is that this new design also incorporates a safety tab to prevent the blocks 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.
The new shoe also calls for a new pad. Campagnolo's new pads are designed to be a more complete all-weather compound that wears less on the rim.
Otherwise, this is largely the same second-generation forged skeleton design that is about strength and ease of use as much as it's about lightness. Its strength is due to the fact that nothing on this brake is machined. The ball-bearing pivots and snappy spring give them a nice feel from the lever, and the lightness is a result of the skeleton design as well as a full complement of titanium bolts, nuts, and hardware.
The Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton Brake Calipers have a reach of 40-50mm. The brake quick release is on the brake lever blade. They come in Black.