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campy drivetrain with flat (mtn) bars?(5 posts)

campy drivetrain with flat (mtn) bars?JLane
Nov 19, 2002 8:08 PM
Due to back/neck surgery, I will be needing to use upright/flat bars which requires mountain bike style shift/brake levers. I have a Campagnolo 9 speed drivetrain which I am pleased with. Does anyone know of a shift/brake lever compatible with this? Or do I have convert everything to Shimano...

Many thanks.
Jon Lane
re: campy drivetrain with flat (mtn) bars?Andy M-S
Nov 20, 2002 3:32 AM
Fortunately, you're at 9-speed. I know of quite a few people who run Campy Ergo/deraillers with Shimano 9-speed on the road, and Shimano road and MTB spacing are the same, so it makes sense that you ought to try the following.

1. Replace your ergos with Shimano MTB shifters. You *may* need to replace the front derailer as well--but probably not.

2. Replace your rear derailer with a Shimano model.

This should allow you to shift your otherwise Campy bike using Shimano parts. With luck, you may not even need to replace the front derailer.
HmmEager Beagle
Nov 20, 2002 3:33 AM
Don't know of any shifters compatible (the old Campy MTB will have different spacing).

Firstly, you may find that Shim compatible shifters will be OK, even though the spaceing is slightly out - adjust from the centre of the block. Some find it OK (works for me the other way round - campy shifters/shim block), others don't.

Failing that, you can look at friction shifters on the bar top/ends.

A bit more strange - what about a moustache bar with the campy levers on - odd, but may be ok with a little getting used to - push down to change, flick the thumb lever on the top for up. Low cost at least, and you have some alternative hand positions still.
NOS Suntour XC Pro top mount shiftersslow-ron
Nov 20, 2002 4:12 AM
I'm thinking of running a set up like yours for a winter bike and I'm going to use an older set of Suntour top mounts with a campy 9 speed rear cluster & cranks. (Very light and good quality shifter.) On my mountain bike with a shimano cassette I run these on the friction option and have had zero problems in 7 years.
had that on my commuter for awhile (friction shift, though)cory
Nov 21, 2002 8:05 PM
When I first started commuting, I put fat tires and flat bars on an old Trek tourer. The driveline was Campy, and I think I used some old Suntour thumbshifters. It's been a long time...worked fine, though. You can still get thumbshifters cheap ($12, I think) from Rivendell.