Campagnolo rebuild on a budget

itboffin
itboffin Posts: 20,061
edited October 2008 in Workshop
I'm trying to rebuild my old Audax frame on a very tight budget but i'm torn between buying some bargain "Campagnolo Centaur Brakeset 2006" or "Campagnolo Mirage Brakeset 2009" both pretty cheap, my question is would the more modern brakes actually work better?
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  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I've got 06 Centaur brakes on winter bike.......definitely choose them over the Mirage brakes.
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  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    I'd also go for the Centaur - there's nothing wrong with the '06 model. If you're putting tham on an audax frame, check the drop in case you need bigger clearance brakes.
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  • whyamihere
    whyamihere Posts: 7,708
    I reckon the 2006 brakes are actually better than the '09s, wherever in the hierarchy you go. On the '09s, the rear brake is just single pivot, rather than dual pivot. Yes, it's a little lighter, but the power's reduced quite a lot. The Centaurs also have cartridge pads, which are a great advantage when you need to replace the pads. I also use the '06 Centaurs, they're brilliant.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    Thanks I thought that might be the case seeing as the Centaur is a much higher groupset, I've also found really cheap new 2006 Record crankset <£70 now if I can just find matching levers :)
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  • You mean these devils, for £160?
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=20225

    Might not be the quality you are after, but noticed they have 10-speed Xenons for 54 squids.
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  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    There will be plenty of bargains to be had on 2008 Campagnolo kit - across all groupsets - 20-25% discounts. Had my first ride out on 2009 Centaur Ergos today - extended hoods are vey comfortable and the shifting is very light - my older Record ones are 'clunky' in comparison. TBH I prefer a tactile click to know the shift has happened!
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Smokin Joe
    Smokin Joe Posts: 2,706
    whyamihere wrote:
    I reckon the 2006 brakes are actually better than the '09s, wherever in the hierarchy you go. On the '09s, the rear brake is just single pivot, rather than dual pivot. Yes, it's a little lighter, but the power's reduced quite a lot. The Centaurs also have cartridge pads, which are a great advantage when you need to replace the pads. I also use the '06 Centaurs, they're brilliant.
    That's the whole idea of them.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    [drool] very nice [/drool] but alas outside the budget for this project :cry:
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