Campagnolo Chorus Skeleton Brake Calipers (2012)


When it comes to road bicycles, Italians are the true masters, and this statement is hardly deniable. Besides bicycles, they are also well gifted when it comes to building parts, and Campagnolo is a good example. I was convinced of this after I tested the Chorus Groupset and I will share my opinion about it over a few articles. Let me start with the brakes as it is most likely that they will draw your attention when you get to see them for the first time.

Design is what first catches your eye with this set of brakes. In 2012, Campagnolo reintroduced Skeleton technology, providing an absolutely unique look to these brakes. Graphics has been also changed, in a good way, and this reinforces the special look. I would recognize these brakes out from a thousand and I can say that they leave a very strong impression on you. Same as the rest of the Chorus groupset they come only in black and this may be a slight disadvantage. Personally I don’t mind as I think that this color gives them that clean, elegant look, typical for a high end set. As for finishes, I spent several minutes to find the smallest flaw, but all my efforts were in vain. Campagnolo leaves nothing to chance. Now let’s get to the most important part, their performance.

Only Record and the legendary Super Record have higher specs than Chorus, so, right from the start I had high expectations from these brakes. The expectations were confirmed and even slightly exceeded. Performance is above all criticism, and I was happy to discover that pads are suitable for both dry and wet conditions. The flawlessly work and you can be sure that you will stop on time every time. A surprising feature of this set is dual pivot rear brake and the single pivot for the front brake, and I’m not sure what the Italians wanted to suggest by this, but as long as the brakes work by the book, I have no objections.

Weight is a bit disappointing. With a look like this, I expected these brakes to simply blow away competition, but surprisingly, this does not happen. Don’t get me wrong, the brakes are light, but not as light as they let you know they might be. The pair weighs 316 grams, just one gram more then Ultegra, the corresponding set of Shimano. This difference is basically insignificant in real life, but it does hurt the pride of Campagnolo fans, doesn’t it?