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Going from Campy double to triple.(6 posts)

Going from Campy double to triple.Ken
Jul 8, 2002 2:37 PM
Call me a whimp but I know it is more easier to climb them hills with a triple than a double. My setup now is a Record 10 double. Has anyone done the conversion from a Campy 10 speed double chainring setup to the triple 10 speed setup? What did you change? How's the shifting?

Ken
See Branfordbike.com [nm]Leroy
Jul 8, 2002 3:48 PM
you gotta change quite a bit to go to a triple (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 9, 2002 6:19 AM
Agree, you need to change lots of things, like...sprockets2
Jul 9, 2002 9:58 PM
the crank (obviously), the spindle, the front der., the rear derailleur...
got bothDougSloan
Jul 10, 2002 5:35 AM
I have both that I occasionally switch out between two bikes.

For the triple, at a minimum you need the crankset, bottom bracket, front derailleur, and rear derailleur. While doing it, it also makes sense to change shifter cables and chain, and maybe even the cassette.

The triple does not shift nearly as well. I spent 9 hours on it just this last Sunday. On the front, you can't simply zing the lever and expect it to go in the right place. Especially when you are shooting for the middle from either direction, you might over shoot it, you might have to press the lever twice, or at least do some trimming after getting it there. I'd certainly not recommend it for pack racing where quick, certain shifts are important.

Nonetheless, it does give you a wide and complete gear range.

Doug
agree, but...DaveG
Jul 11, 2002 8:36 AM
I agree with Doug that the triple shifting is not as foolproof (I have both Campy 9s triple and 10s double) but I think its a matter of practice. Shifts between the middle and big ring are fine. Shift from granny to middle takes a bit more finesse. If I am using the triple a lot in hilly territory I find that I get a feel for it and it becomes a non-issue. If I don't use the triple bike for a while I find my feel for the shifts deteriorates somewhat. If you think you need a triple, go for it. Unless you are racing (and then you probably would not be using a triple) the shifting issue is a very minor one.