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Shimano drivetrain/Campy shifters(8 posts)

Shimano drivetrain/Campy shiftersj. lane
May 9, 2001 4:55 PM
I have a complete '01 Ultegra bike with Rolf wheels. I really dislike the Shimano shift/brake levers. I'd like to use Campy - just the shifter/levers. My buddy has a Shimano style rear wheel (Rolf) that he has put a set of spacers into the cogset so as to be compatible with his Campy drivetrain. (I'm not sure who makes the spacers, he ordered them through his local LBS)
My question, if I were to put the spacers into my cogset, and buy a set of Ergo power levers, will this work with Shimano derailleurs? The derailleurs just execute the lever commands - nothing magic there. If the cogs are lined up with where the levers think they should be, it should work. Anyone try this? Thanks!!

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Not Going to Workgrz mnky
May 9, 2001 5:01 PM
The required cable movement (leverage ratio) for the Campy and Shimano der. are not the same. In theory you are right, but the devil is in the details. If you bolt up the parts you won't be able to get a refund on them.
re: Shimano drivetrain/Campy shiftersAndy M-S
May 10, 2001 10:41 AM
You could give it a try. Worst case analysis, you'll need to add a Campy rear derailer to your bike.

I know a number of people who are doing this even without the Campy spacers (which are made by Wheels, Inc., unless I'm mistaken), and some of them report very good results.

HOWEVER! Be certain that you get the RIGHT 9-speed Campy shifters. For 2001, Campy has changed the shift disk and the cassettes (I believe) so that their 9- and 10-speed stuff is more compatible.
more bad advice....dave
May 10, 2001 4:15 PM
Campy shifters will not work with Shimano derailleurs. You have to use a campy rear derailleur, and you should use a wheels manufacturing cassette with the correct spacing ($100) with the shimano hub.

If you want to go campy, get a campy rear hub and cassette and do it right. And if you're spending that much, you might as well go on up to 10 speed Daytona.
campy ergo 9 levers CAN work w/ shimano 9 rear derbfd
May 13, 2001 12:31 AM
I use campy 9 ergo levers w/ campy 9 rear der and shimano 9 hubs/cassette/chain. However some have gotten campy 9 ergo levers to work w/ shimano 9 rear der - go here for more info:
they used campy 10 levers with shimano 9...dave
May 13, 2001 7:08 AM
Campy 10 levers were used to operate a shimano 9 derailleur in this example, but what a mickey-mouse setup. The life of that rear shift cable, will be short, wrapped around the sharp edge of the cable clamp.
they used campy 10 levers with shimano 9...bfd
May 13, 2001 10:46 AM
Agree, its not the most elegant solution, but it shows you can get campy ergo levers (9s or 10s) to work w/ shimano rear der. I personally use a campy rear der with my ergo levers.
dunno, but reverse seem to workclub
May 12, 2001 7:39 AM
got a campy 3-pawl freehub on an mtb with campy cogs and spacers -- 8 sp. -- and it indexes fine with an XT rear and XRay shifters.