Weinmann AG Vainqueur 999 (1st version, incised lettering, 1 spring, pivot bolts)
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Category:  Brakes
Name:  Weinmann AG Vainqueur 999 (1st version, incised lettering, 1 spring, pivot bolts)
Brand:  Weinmann AG
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Years:  1957 - 1962
Country:  Switzerland
Added By: peterbman on 04/14/14
Updated By: peterbman on 09/20/14
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Design Category Center PullCable Adjuster
Quick Release Attachment Bolt Type
Cable Attachment BoltFront of Arm MarkingsWeinmann Vainqueur 999
Back of Arm MarkingsReach CategoryLong Reach; Standard Reach
Min ReachMax Reach
General Information
The engraved Vainqueur 999 brakes came in 750 and 610 caliper arm lengths. The first two digits are the middle point of the reach, being 75mm and 61mm respectively. The 1969 Handbook of Cycl-ology [new revised edition, Wheel Goods Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota] lists the two engraved-lettered versions, using Weinmann-origin exploded diagrams, dating the one spring version until December 1962, and the two spring version from December 1962 to September 1964. There are other differences between the two versions: pivot bolts, yoke, center bolt. The one spring version has screw-in pivot bolts, whereas the two spring version has pivots mounted on the yoke.   The one spring version has a flat front side to the yoke so that the single spring can span across between pivots. The two spring version has a shaped front side to the yoke to provide flats to hold the center bolt from turning, and detents for each spring to lay. The one spring center bolt has a round head and a groove underneath the head for the spring to pass. The two spring center bolt has two flat sides to prevent turning.
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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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