Friday, October 10, 2008

More Weird Brakes - Weinmann Delta and PBS300


Weinmann Delta: Sold at $90 including shipping

Weinmann PBS300
: Sold at $97.99 including shipping

My Snipe: n/a

As part of an unofficial "Weird Brake Week" here at Velosniper, I bring you part two, in the form of these recent Weinmann auctions.

The Weinmann Deltas are an obvious homage to the much more attractive and innovative Modolo Kronos that I wrote about here.

The Deltas not only share looks with the Kronos, they are equally weak and difficult to set up. The dial-type cable adjuster, an attempt to make the calipers more user-friendly, looks clunky. This set has incorrect Shimano pads; the original pads are better looking.

The PBS300 (Progressive Braking System) appear to be meant for city bikes, based on the flat-bar levers. They also appear to be a solution in search of a problem.

They work like cable-operated disc-brake calipers on today's low-end ATBs; the pad on the right is brought toward the rim by a cable pulling a screw-like device, while the left pad is fixed in place. The allen pinch-bolt at the bottom of the caliper allows the pad to be adjusted to the angle of the rim. They have a self-consciously futuristic look that's very Euro-'80s. I'd like to see the bike the buyer is putting these on.

Tune in tomorrow for part three of Weird Brake Week, a guest post from a reader.

If there's a bike part you'd like to talk about, email me at velosniper@gmail.com!

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