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Campy 8spd to 9spd upgrade.(11 posts)

Campy 8spd to 9spd upgrade.Campy 8spd to 9spd upgrade.
Jun 13, 2001 7:45 AM
What do I need to do to upgrade from 8spd campy to 9spd campy? I am pretty sure I need to upgrade shifter/brake levers and rear derailuer, but can I use the 8spd front derailuer as is? Also can I use my 8spd rear wheel and just install a 9spd cassette? Or can I just change out the 8spd freehub with a 9spd free hub and install a 9spd cassette? Or do I just need to get a new 9spd wheelset? I am trying to do the most effecient upgrade, but this is beggining to turn out to be rocket science.
re: Campy 8spd to 9spd upgrade.Lou M
Jun 13, 2001 8:05 AM
great question, I am riding on campny record 8spd at this time and would like to upgrade to 10 spd in the near future. I have been told that you have to upgrade just about everything. Then again, that came from my local bike shop, I am sure they would like that.
You may not need as much as ou think!!Cima Coppi
Jun 13, 2001 8:21 AM
First of all, consider upgrading to 10 speed, as Campy will not produce 9-speed components much longer. If you have 8-speed ergo levers, you can actually convert them to 10-speed by changing out the ratchets in the lever. Check out Branford Bike and for more information on this.

The chain and rear derailleur will need to be replaced, as will your cranks. The chain rings are closer together for 10-speed, as the chain is much narrower. The front derailleur should be replaced, but it may be as much of an issue. I do not know about the hubs, but I do think there is a difference in the width of the freehub body between 8-speed and 9/10-speed.
the hub change is necessary...C-40
Jun 13, 2001 4:04 PM
I agree that if you're going to spend a lot of money, it would be wise to consider going all the way to 10 speed.

The rear hub must be changed to the new 9/10 speed hub. The spline pattern on the 9 and 10 speed cassettes is entirely different. As already mentioned, the cost of changing only the cassette body, is excessive.
not true- you can just change cassette bodynm
Jun 17, 2001 8:00 AM
true, but not cost effective, a new hub is about as cheap! (nm)C-40
Jun 17, 2001 8:12 PM
not true- lower groups are 9, and parts will not be scarcenm
Jun 17, 2001 8:03 AM
re: Campy 8spd to 9spd upgrade.Tom C
Jun 13, 2001 10:57 AM
Rather than sell you something, 9 speed requires-9/10speed hubs, 9 speed ratchet for the right shifter,9 speed cassette, 9 speed chain, 9 speed pulley wheel set( for the rear derailleur).Reasons-different spline pattern for the cassettes, narrower chain. There is no difference in the crankset or front derailleur. Go to the Branford bike website and look for Campy 8 to 9 speed upgrade for prices. Incidentally the freehub swapout is an prohibitively expensive option. I am not so sure 9 speed will be dropped and even if it is I run 8 speed and have never found a problem finding parts.
maybe a new groupo makes sense...C-40
Jun 13, 2001 4:21 PM
If you have a good use for your old parts on another bike, it may be simpler and not much more expensive to start over.

Add up the cost of all the individual parts and compare to the group cost before deciding. Groupo's are typically discounted 15% below the cost of individual parts.

Group prices are pretty low at places like and Chorus is about $720 and Daytona is about $520.

Although you can convert the old 8 speed ergo levers to 9 or 10 speed, the new design has a more comfortable shape.
re: Campy 8spd to 9spd upgrade.Campy 8spd to 9spd upgrade.
Jun 13, 2001 6:03 PM
Thanks for all the input. I don`t mind my 8spd campy group functionally, but the brake hoods are uncomfortable on climbs, etc. Also I like the look of the newer design. I am leaning towards starting over but it seems it may be rather costly. You may see my 8spd record group on the for sale classifieds shortly to finance the upgrade...anyone in the market for a 8spd record group...?
YES, I would be interested in upgrading my 8 speed group.Kevin M
Jun 15, 2001 1:56 PM
I have an 8 speed Campy Mirage on my second bike. Had some problems with the sealed bearings on the hub a few weeks ago.