Richard and all,
I can't speak for the 605's, but the 500's can work as well as any racing brake I've ever used, easily matching the Campagnolo's in stopping power. Good pads on mine, Mathausers, the thin brass washers recovered from a sixties bicycle parts bin that Weinmann's used to come with, Triflow lubricated, plastic lined cable housing with the pressed stainless cable give great modulation and ability to lock 'em up. A pain in the a** to align, having to use two socket wrenches for the front and back nuts in balance, but otherwise great. Check out this front caliper I modified in my bike shop rat days of the seventies with a later quick release added. http://image10.webshots.com/10/9/36/60/129493660NlACAb_fs.jpg The only brakes I've found better that still modulate well are modern dual pivots.
Dan Artley in Parkton, Maryland USA
Archive-URL: http://search.bikelist.org/getmsg.asp?Filename=classicrendezvous.11002.0774.emlDate: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 21:28:34 -0800 From: r cielec <teaat4p(AT)yahoo.com>Subject: [CR] Weinmann Brakes: 500 vs. 605 ( http://search.bikelist.org/query.asp?SearchString=%22Weinmann+Brakes%3A+500+vs%2E+605%22&SearchPrefix=%40msgsubject&SortBy=MsgDate%5Ba%5D ) Ahoy ! I am asking for comments comparing the performance of these two models. I understand this is subjective and many factors obtain yet, none-the-less, I'd welcome the feedback. I am concerned about the performance such as stopping power, feel, "snap" and such. The 605 has a snazzy QR & adjuster to facilitate maintenance but, these are of secondary importance at present. Thanks Richard Cielec Chicago, Illinois; U.S.A.