Design Candy: Campagnolo Record Skeleton Brakes

The fact that the Tour de France is going on right now gives me an excuse to post about this piece of bike candy: Campagnolo’s Record D Skeleton brakes. These things are a work of art. And they are also very light at 279g (about 20% lighter than Shimano’s Dura Aces), thanks to how the arms have been hollowed out to minimize mass while retaining a huge amount of stiffness for stopping power. True form follows function, but still very elegantly done, as Campy always is.

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This is the front brake, which has an extra arm for greater stopping power. The rear brake, where one needs much less strength, has a conventional two-arm configuration and so saves weight. 

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Nice.