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campy/shimano 8sp compatibility(6 posts)

campy/shimano 8sp compatibilityfuzzybunnies
Mar 10, 2002 3:46 PM
I'm lloking to upgrade a 7sp shimano bike to eight since I already have the wheel and cassette both of which are shimano with a set of 8sp campy ergolevers. If it won't work does anyone have a set of the sachs ergo levers to trade. An help or info would be great. Russ
re: campy/shimano 8sp compatibilitygonzo77
Mar 10, 2002 4:30 PM
I was able to do the exact same switch with an old bike of mine. All you have to do is change your cassette body to a shimano 8/9 and dish your wheel a bit and find a old set of campy 8sp cassette spacers and it'll work fine. Good luck finding those spacers though.
re: campy/shimano 8sp compatibilityAndy M-S
Mar 11, 2002 3:56 AM
Wheels makes the spacers you need, I'm told. I have a pair of the Sachs levers, but I'm not getting rid of them until I got to 9-speed...
re: campy/shimano 8sp compatibilitystoker
Mar 11, 2002 8:59 AM
I was wondering the same thing as you fuzzy.I wanted to go the other way campy der/shim. levers. I may want your levers if they are for sale.How would I contact you
re: campy/shimano 8sp compatibilityfuzzybunnies
Mar 11, 2002 3:49 PM
They're not really for sale since that would leave me without the ability to up grade this bike and the person who needs the bike needs this style lever due to smaller hands. Which is why I'm looking for the sachs levers and would trade for them. Thanx anyways. Russ
re: campy/shimano 8sp compatibilitytanman
Mar 21, 2002 12:13 PM
To start, you may need to upgrade the freehub body to 8 speed and then redish wheel. Check for details and costs to upgrade (probably $30 for freehub body, except Dura Ace--$$$$). You'll need to do this for 8/9 speeds anyway.

After that, I'd say that you'll need a Campy 8-9-10 speed rear derailleur (Veloce works very well, around $45) and Wheels Mfg. spacers; swap out the Shimano spacers (8 speed is 3.0mm) for Wheels Mfg. spacers (red, slightly wider, around 3.1mm?). You can get the spacers from Excel or Colorado Cyclist. I believe that CC may have them on sale (do a "Wheels Mfg"search and you might find a set of spacers for $4.99/closeout (otherwise around $15). Also need an 8 speed chain.

The great thing is that you can then upgrade to 9 speeds by swapping the ergopower cam and switch to any Shimano 9 speed cassette and chain! I've done all of the above--I'm running Campy Veloce 9 speed Ergo (shifters and rear derailleur, Ultegra front der.) on Dura Ace freehub/cassette cogs--very compatible, smooth and quiet!

All this info thanks to Peter at Vecchio's ( and the friendly folks at
Good luck,