Nuovo Record brake levers

Here we are again with the ultimate comparison list of all the Campagnolo Nuovo Record brake levers from 1968 until their very end in 1987.

First generation ’68-’72

Note that the left lever has been polished and does not have the original finish anymore

  • typical round cable entry at the bottom
  • non anodised lever body (photos show corrosion, also first generation Gran Sport levers will not have an anodised body, there are 2 versions as far as we know: with and without anodised body)
  • looooong reach
  • zink plated bar clamps (idem to Gran Sport)
  • the only period correct levers for the rare “no logo” record brakes from 1968
  • flatter “tip” (see 6th photo)
  • logo stamped extremely close near the top of the lever
  • not rare but very desirable
  • brown globe logo hoods

Second gen ’73-mid ’78

This set has been pantographed, this is not how they came out of the factory

  • same long reach as first gen
  • anodized body (sweat from rider’s hands affected the lever bodies)
  • slightly different anodisation technique
  • U-shaped cable entry
  • chromed bar clamp
  • logo stamped high on the lever
  • brown globe logo hoods

Fun fact: there was a short reach version for people with small hands. There aren’t many of these around, I’ve only seen one set on the internet. Take a look at this. scroll a bit and you will find them in his awsome collection https://hicampy.bizmw.com/profile1041.html

Third gen ’78-’85

  • short reach (for the ‘piccolo’ brakes)
  • logo stamped a bit lower than before
  • hard anodized body
  • ’78-’81 brown globe logo hoods, starting from 1982 all Campagnolo levers got the ‘shield logo’ lever hoods

Fourth gen ’85-’87?

Might be ’86, nobody exaclty knows when Campagnolo exactly ceased production of Nuovo Record. Super Record production ended in 1987.

  • rare
  • shield logo bar clamp (new design like C-Record with hex key
  • no brev. camp stamped in the cable bushing
  • short reach
  • bronw shield logo hoods

Comparison of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Patrick Keating
    June 7, 2018
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    How did you determine the early version years? Velo-Pages posts a different year for the two…

    http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=24353

    I am looking for a 1968-72 pair, but I can’t find them. Do you have a pair for sale?

    Thank you.

    • Bart Suykerbuyk
      June 13, 2018
      Reply

      Unfortunately I don’t sell campagnolo record levers, they are a pain in the ass to find in good condition (especially the early ones) I’ve been lucky finding a couple of old beglian bikes with complete nuovo record groupsets, I try to match the years and components as good as I can when found (most of them have shimano exage levers which makes dating levers a lot harder). But nothing is 100% sure ofcourse, only a few people can tell exactly when they rolled out of the factory…

  2. Rocky
    October 11, 2017
    Reply

    It’s a pocket museum here
    awesome!
    I often have to go take look..

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