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Rolf Vector and Campy(4 posts)

Rolf Vector and Campywheelthunder
Aug 30, 2001 10:11 AM
Hey, I was wondering if anyone has tried using a shimano freewheel with Campy stuff.

I have a Veloce equipped Bianchi, but really want to use Rolf wheels. (not enough, however, to switch to all Shimano) I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has tried it, or is knowledgeable about compatibility issues.

Also, any recommendations on a good campy compatable wheelset to buy w/o having to take out a home equiy loan to afford them.

Ridin' Campy
re: Rolf Vector and Campye-ticket
Aug 30, 2001 12:44 PM
I have one bike with Ultegra 9 (which came w/Rolf Comps) and one with Chorus 9. I had read on this site that, although the cog spacings are not identical, they're close enough to work. Well, I just swapped out wheels and both systems work, no problems. Slight adjustments of rear derailleur tension were required for both bikes, as were slight brake cailper adjustments.

A few other things to check before just riding off are 1)the rear derailleur limit screw settings. You don't want to throw your chain. And 2) if the cassettes are significantly different, you may need to adjust chain length.
re: Rolf Vector and Campypeloton
Aug 30, 2001 1:24 PM
I've tried a similar setup to what you describe. You can make the Campy drivetrain work with a Shimano cassette on your Rolfs. You will need to adjust your derailler a little bit, and it will never shift as well as it would if it were an all Campy or all Shimano drivetrain. It's a patch fix, it will work but it isn't ideal.

It unfortunately also isn't possible to switch a Rolf hub from Shimano to Campy or visa versa. The axle within the hub is sized much differently for the two brands so there is no way of interchanging parts to switch the freehub from one brand to the other. The rear hub is basically designed to be either a Campy wheel or a Shimano wheel only. If you were to take apart two Rolfs meant for either brand you would immediately see the difference.

You could buy an adaptor cassette from a company like wheels manufacturing too. These cassettes are designed to have the spacing and ramp design of one brand, but the freehub spline pattern of the other. They work okay, but they are EXPENSIVE. If you put in a lot of miles, it could eat a hole in your wallet.

If I were you I would sell the shimano equiped Rolfs that you have, and use the money to buy a wheelset meant for usage with a Campy cassette. In the long run it will shift better, cost less than other options, and require less adjustment.
Rolf wheels also come with Campy hubs.TFerguson
Aug 31, 2001 8:45 AM
I have a set of Vector Pros on my Chorus 10 speed. Bought them used on Ebay for < $300.