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Should I go 9 or 10 speed campy?(6 posts)

Should I go 9 or 10 speed campy?O
Feb 2, 2002 4:25 PM
Looking through the new quality catalog, I noticed that 9 speed stuff is still available. I want to try out campy, but I am concerned with future availability of 9 speed stuff. With regards to 10 speed components, I do not want to deal with chain wear/breakage. Thank you for the help.
I'd say 10DMoore
Feb 2, 2002 4:37 PM
I have four bikes with Record - 2 are 9, 2 are 10. I weigh 175#, ride 6000+ miles per year, mostly on the two 10 speed bikes, and have had 0 problems with 10 speed chain. None whatever. I bought the tool, use the Campy link, and have nothing bad to say about it.

A lot of dealers carry 10 speed only, will only special order 9 speed stuff. I have to believe that 9 speed is on its way out. I think the main reason for using it is for racing - the cogs are close enough to Shimano that, in a pinch, a neutral support Shimano wheel can work. If you have 10 speed, though, you're probably up a creek.

So - unless it's for racing - I'd go with the 10 speed.
chain wear and breakage....CT1
Feb 2, 2002 5:41 PM
Isn't a problem if you don't use a PL.

You should be able to get 6K miles with the C10 chain as long as you service it regularly.

Go C10 and don't look back

Go 10 speedMcAndrus
Feb 2, 2002 7:34 PM
I ride 9 speed and am very happy with it. In fact, I can see no practical purpose for 10 speed, except perhaps true mountain riding.

If you race, stay 9 speed as neutral support is usually Shimano and you can get by with a Shimano 9 speed cassette on a Campy 9 speed system. If you don't race, I'd say go 10 speed. It gets harder and harder to find 9 speed stuff.
Parenthetically, though, who NEEDS 10 cogs?Retro
Feb 4, 2002 8:21 AM
I realize this isn't the issue here, but aside from pro racers, does anybody really NEED 10 cogs in the rear? The only way it would be an advantage for me is if the cassette were something like a 13-34. More complication, more adjustment, more breakage... I still have one six-speeder, one seven- and a couple of eights, and I don't ever need a gear I don't have.
Parenthetically, though, who NEEDS 10 cogs?Beerbum
Feb 5, 2002 11:05 AM
You are correct you do not really need them. When you consider that just a decade ago guys in the TDF were riding 8 cog cassettes, it kinda puts into perspective the absolute ridiculous assertions by some that any non professional racer9 out there would be much better off with 10 speed instead of 9 speed. It's really laughable to listen to these so called experts make it sound like you'll never be able to climb anything more than a mole hill without a 10 speed or a triple ring.