Re: [Classicrendezvous] Classic brakes Ballili and Weinmann

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Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2000 20:09:52 -0800
From: Chuck Schmidt <>
To: brian blum <>
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Classic brakes Ballili and Weinmann
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brian blum wrote:
> Did the original Weinmann brakes copy Ballili(sp?) of Italy? The original
> Weinmann were almost identical, was there no patent or was there a licensing
> arrangement?

I would say that Weinmann, Balilla, and Zeus etc. were all in response to the very successful and popular MAFAC Racer (Forge Dural) from the early 50s. No patents in effect.

A question I have asked, that always goes unanswered, is the uncanny similarities in the Campagnolo and Shimano dual-pivot brakesets. Particularily when disassembled into their respective individual parts. Some third party must have sold the rights to both Campagnolo and Shimano. Anyone know the lowdown?

Chuck Schmidt
South Pasadena, California