Weinmann AG (with quick releases)
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Category:  Brake Levers
Name:  Weinmann AG (with quick releases)
Brand:  Weinmann AG
Years:  1971 - ?
Country:  Switzerland
Added By: Wolfram Verktyg on 07/23/09
Updated By: NHatton on 09/12/19
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StyleNon-AeroReturn Spring No
Quick Release YesCable AdjusterYes
Lever Material AluminumLever MarkingsWeinmann
Body Material Hood/Body MarkingsWeinmann
Attachment Bolt AccessThrough brake lever housing and lever  
General Information
These levers came on an all original 1971 Hetchins Italia that was custom built by Alf Hetchins for an American woman who lived in the UK. It has the original owners name hand painted on the top tube. I've never seen Weinmann levers with a quick release like these. Oddly, these levers control Universal Mod. 61 brakes.

Note: after looking at the closeup pictures, I checked out the levers. It appears that someone probably a Hetchins employee hand filed the quick release mechanisms on these levers. There are very fine arrows about 1/2" long on each lever pointing to the QRs and the grooves in them are hand cut. They do have a more positive feel that the original Weinmann QR mechanisms.
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Brand Information(click to expand)
Founded in 1933 in the swiss Schaffhausen by Otto Weinmann, very close the border to Germany, over the years Weinmann became a very well reputated and one of the world leading lightweight bicyle parts builder, focused on brakes and later rims (in the 1960s the Weinmann colle rims became very famous). In the 1960s Weinmann delivered DiaCompe with brake parts and in the 1970's and 1980's this cooperation lasted in the production of Weinmann's top modell Carrera. At the date of the 40th company anniversary they had more than 700 employees and two affiliated companies in Singen, Germany (Weinmann & Co. KG) and Schoten, Belgium. After the swiss location has been closed in 1991 business activities were administrated from the German subsidiary in Singen.
Sources: -Advisory information by Marlise Wunderli from Schaffhausen's town archive.
                -Advertising in the issues from 1952 of the german magazine "Radsport"
                -50 Jahre Weinmann - Die Vollbremser. Tour, 1983 , issue 12
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