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Keep the Centaur

I doubt you will notice any change in braking, nor will you notice the weight difference. According to the listings at weightweenies.com the Record weigh ~315g and the Centaur skeleton weight ~340g. The only reason to change would be purely for vanity, if the Record calipers are black and they look better on your bike than polished alloy, plus you really want the Record name instead of Centaur.
 

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centaur brakes are awesome, i'd rock the skeletons... honestly no diff from centaur on up but for weight... campy labels the chorus and record as BB, but how they hell are u gunna be able to tell?

the price diff is too big to give a damn in my book...
 

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I would go with the black brakes on the bike, but that is just my subjective opinion.

Which Bianchi frame is that? I think I might have read a thread from you when you first got it, but I forgot it at this point. What little I think I remember, is that it was a 2005 or 2006 model year, but even that is fuzzy.
 

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Update: Put the Skeletons back on as the braking seemed much better. I was disappointed with the stopping power of the record and was surprised by the difference in stopping power. I will use the record brakes on a Fixed gear I am building with my Bianchi TSX steel frame.
 

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KM1.8T said:
Update: Put the Skeletons back on as the braking seemed much better. I was disappointed with the stopping power of the record and was surprised by the difference in stopping power. I will use the record brakes on a Fixed gear I am building with my Bianchi TSX steel frame.
I've had a pair of 2003 Record brakes in service since 2003, then updated to the 2008 Record and didn't notice any improvement in braking. In fact, I found the new brake pad material to be awful. The pads made a gritty sound when braking, like they were made from sandpaper and they even grabbed aluminum particles from the rims. I picked out the aluminum from the pads, gave them a light sanding and spend a lot of time carefully sanding the rim's braking surfaces with 400 grit wet sandpaper to insure thay they were smooth. That improved the situation, but the pads still got aluminum particles in them and were still a little noisy. I gave up on those pads and put on some Kool Stop salmon colored pads - a huge improvement - very quiet and powerful braking.
 

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C-40 said:
I've had a pair of 2003 Record brakes in service since 2003, then updated to the 2008 Record and didn't notice any improvement in braking. In fact, I found the new brake pad material to be awful. The pads made a gritty sound when braking, like they were made from sandpaper and they even grabbed aluminum particles from the rims. I picked out the aluminum from the pads, gave them a light sanding and spend a lot of time carefully sanding the rim's braking surfaces with 400 grit wet sandpaper to insure thay they were smooth. That improved the situation, but the pads still got aluminum particles in them and were still a little noisy. I gave up on those pads and put on some Kool Stop salmon colored pads - a huge improvement - very quiet and powerful braking.

Agreed. I also had problems when I used the new pads. Absolute rubbish. Kool Stop fixed the problem immediately.
 
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