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Is it possible to mix groupo components?(6 posts)

Is it possible to mix groupo components?devolution67
May 31, 2001 8:53 AM
As in Campy Record road shifter/lever combo with Dura Ace or Ultegra index derailleurs and Avid cross brakes? Also... what's the dif if any between index and STI shifting? I want to move my late 80's Dura Ace Index (or buy similar used stuff) derailleurs to a cross bike. I don't mind a Frankenstein set up as long as it's tight and smooth.
re: Yes and NoRusty Coggs
May 31, 2001 9:23 AM
Lots of things are 'possible',but generally if you have to ask, the pitfalls are so numerous you maybe shouldn't be considering it. One caution;the pre 9 speed DA shifters and derailers have a unique cable pull/derailer throw ratio and have to be used together. Also,any 9 speed shimano shifter when used with a 7 or 8 speed DA rear derailer will shift an 8 speed Shimano cogset perfectly.Also, it is generally best not to mix campy/Shimano, but there are exeptions. SIT is just indexed shifting with the shifters and brake lever integrated into one unit.
re: Yes and Nodevolution67
May 31, 2001 10:05 AM
That's what I thought. Those Campy Record carbon lever/shifters are so boss though! My DA derailleurs are ye olde 7 speed. So I could use a 9 speed STI shifter and 8 speed cog?
so does that mean...BDS
Jun 3, 2001 6:34 PM
So does this mean that I can buy a used DA 8 speed rear der. and it will work perfectly with my new DA 9 speed downtube shifters? (They're mounted on aerobars)

Now for the dumb question, will this older DA 8 spd. rear der. work with a 105 or Ult. triple crankset? (I'll only be using an 8 speed freewheel.)
re: Is it possible to mix groupo components?Cima Coppi
May 31, 2001 10:33 AM
Since you're building up a cross bike, and you like the Record Carbon levers, I have a possible solution for you. Campy is making the carbon levers in just the brake lever form w/o the ergo system. Then you can get Shimano bar-end levers to work with your 8 speed setup. Any brakes will work, as they are groupo independant. This would be the classic cross bike setup.
re: Is it possible to mix groupo components?devolution67
May 31, 2001 11:19 AM
I've formulated a devious plan. Check it out:
Go with one 44/6 ring w/ chain guard up front, right side only 8 speed barcon shifter. My old 7 speed derailleur and a fat 8 speed cog in back. Brake levers...? Oh the possibilities...Any thoughts? Opinions?