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    "Vintage" Chorus brakes vs new

    I've got what I think are Chorus brakes, probably 1988 vintage. They are currently on a DeRosa of similar vintage. Seem to be in near mint condition.

    I am not intending this to be a museum piece, it's going to get ridden, a lot. So the question is, should I bother with upgrading the brake calipers? It's not that expensive to grab a set of new Potenza's but no point doing that if the old ones are just fine. And the old Chorus look pretty good.

    I am going to replace the shifters anyways (from downtube right up to 11-sp Athena as I've got a spare kicking around). My main concern is just outright performance. I've got bikes with Veloce and Athena (all recent models) and very happy with the performance. Not a weight weenie.

    Yes, I suppose I could just try it, but I don't want to muck them up and anyways, I can't ride it right now as I'm missing wheels that will work on it...

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    I've ridden with those Chorus calipers, and there is no doubt that the current generation performs much better as Campy design of that era seemed to prioritize form over function.

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    Hmm...thanks for the feedback. I suspected as much. I seem to recall quite a difference when I upgraded my '94(?) Veloce up to the modern equivalent but not sure if it's just my imagination, it's been so long.

    I think maybe I'll just strip everything off (except headset) and museum it. Anyone know if the old DeRosa had Italian or BSA threaded bottom brackets? Or how would I tell?

    A bit of a shame, pretty nice stuff. It even has Campagnolo SGR pedals, though I have no idea where to get cleats for those...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic_Frog View Post
    Hmm...thanks for the feedback. I suspected as much. I seem to recall quite a difference when I upgraded my '94(?) Veloce up to the modern equivalent but not sure if it's just my imagination, it's been so long.

    I think maybe I'll just strip everything off (except headset) and museum it. Anyone know if the old DeRosa had Italian or BSA threaded bottom brackets? Or how would I tell?

    A bit of a shame, pretty nice stuff. It even has Campagnolo SGR pedals, though I have no idea where to get cleats for those...
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    If they are the Chorus calipers with the double pivot fronts and the single pivot rears, they are nothing to scoff at.

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    If these are in fact 1988 vintage, then they are the monoplaner brakes. Dual pivot didn't come along until much later. These belong in the same era as the Record Delta brakes. And like Delta brakes, these are highly sought after amongst Campy aficionados.

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