THROWBACK THURSDAY: CAMPAGNOLO CROCE D’AUNA DELTA BRAKES
Sometimes there are things that you lusted after when you were younger that just don’t hold up.
Then there are these.
Named after the mountain pass in the Dolomites that inspired Tullio Campagnolo to invent the quick release.
They were only made from 1988 to 1991 but have remained in my heart forever.
The shape was and is so unique and sleek and elite. And always just out of my reach.
I once had an exchange with a former wrench for a European team about these. He understood. He recalled the day that the team got their shipment. Opening the box, they heard a choir of angels sing as the light hit these beauties. Cut to a day later when, in the pits, he heard some of the riders flying by him at high speed, swearing at him in Italian. They couldn’t slow down.
For him and his team, the lust lasted a mere 24 hours. For me, over 24 years.
I know it’s impractical. I know they would be fussy, high-maintenance and would, ultimately, break my heart. But love is funny that way.
Fantastic little eulogy to the Delta brake.