Paul Component Engineering machines road and mountain bike parts out of aluminum. Its Klamper mechanical disc brake caliper is now compatible with Campagnolo as well as Shimano and SRAM.
Paul Klamper disc brake specs
- Material: 6061 aluminum / heat-treated steel
- Black or silver anodized finish
- Kool Stop disc brake pads
- Weight: 211 grams
Mechanical vs hydraulic
The Klamper disc brake caliper relies on a steel brake cable, instead of hydraulic fluid or mineral oil, for its action. Benefits of cable disc brakes include ease of set up (no bleeding necessary!), simplified parts replacement with just a cable and housing, and easier adjustment.
Downsides compared to a hydraulic disc brake can include less modulation, less power and more maintenance as the pads do not self adjust.
Any lever compatible
Through the use of different cable actuator arms, the Klamper disc caliper could be used with SRAM or Shimano drop bar levers, as well as linear-pull (MTB) levers. Now the Chico, California-based company announces compatibility with Campagnolo levers.
While SRAM and Shimano have embraced road disc brakes for years, Campagnolo only recently updated its line to offer its H11 disc brakes.
Paul Klamper pricing and availability
A Campy-compatible Klamper caliper retails at £191 / $208 / AU$ TBD in any of the four colors.
If you already have a Klamper brake but want to swap it over to your Campy-equipped bike, the Actuator arm kit comes in either silver or black for $32 / UK£ and AU$ TBD.