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Campy brake/shifter and small hands. What's the deal????(3 posts)

Campy brake/shifter and small hands. What's the deal????rtyszko
Aug 1, 2002 11:11 AM
Yes another post by me! What's the deal with the size of the Campy brakes/shifter? I have read a few posts that mention that they could be a problem for people with small hands. Well, that's me? Any thoughts anyone?

tested/demoed only, but Daytona ergos were OK for meweiwentg
Aug 1, 2002 7:22 PM
I'm 117lbs and 5'3". I have to reiterate that I only put my hands on the levers at a bike store. a set is, however, going on my cross bike.
there's one rider in my club who's ~5'5" and ~135lbs, and he rides Chorus (and hasn't complained).
The opposite...DINOSAUR
Aug 3, 2002 4:42 PM
The Campy Ergo brake levers are shaped differently than the Shiimano STI's. They are bulkier and have the little levers that protrude out the inside of the levers. If you have BIG hands it might create a problem for you. The secret I found with the Ergo levers is to tilt them so the flat part of the brake hoods are in line with the flat part of my bars, so they are almost extensions of your bars.

You should visit a bike shop and take a look at both groups and test ride a couple of bikes to see the difference. I prefer the Shimano STI levers, but like the Chorus group over the Ultegra that you are comparing it to. I went through the same thing when I was buiding my bike up. I went with Campy as I figured Italian bike= Italian group.
Hell, if you can't decide flip a coin..(remember that Chorus is compared to the Dura Ace group)...