Campagnolo Aero Levers
Shimano (and others like Sacconi) beat Campagnolo in the race to make “aero” levers - where the brake cables run under the bar tape. However, some mechanics hacked their own Campy aero’s by drilling holes into the handlebars. The Italians finally got around to introducing their own version in the late 80’s. Their solution included a big hole in the levers. Why? Since the 60’s all Campagnolo brake levers were attached to the handlebars with bolts, the new ones used 5mm allen or hex screws and this hole is where one inserts the key, without having to open the levers. Another innovation: a simple, quick release button for the brakes integrated into the levers - this beautiful solution remains even today. Conclusion: although Campagnolo is often behind their rivals when it comes to innovation, they always seem to pull something nifty out of their stylish hats.