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Campy Ergo power with Shimano?(12 posts)

Campy Ergo power with Shimano?JerryZ
Dec 17, 2002 2:55 PM
Is it possible to use Campy Ergo Levers with Shimano Derailleurs and brakes? I am planning on building a roadbike with Dura-Ace, but I do prefer the Campy controls.
Miscegenation generally a bad ideaKerry
Dec 17, 2002 4:21 PM
I doubt that Campy and DA have the same cable pull spec. for the derailleurs. Brakes should work fine, but shifting may not. I would want to see it working well someplace else before committing all that money. Why not just go with Chorus? Same price and performance as DA, no compatibility concerns.
re: Campy Ergo power with Shimano?DINOSAUR
Dec 17, 2002 4:32 PM
What would be the advantage? I'd just go full campy..I do like the Shimano brakes, but that's about it...The Chorus group is a real good deal all the way can't have your cake and eat it too...
re: Campy Ergo power with Shimano?weldingfellow
Dec 17, 2002 6:53 PM
i've been running ergo-power with a mish-mash of shimano parts for about 5 years now. for some reason people find this amazing! i suppose you'd like the clean look of the campag front end and the awesome functionality of the jap crap...go for it.
Campy Ergo power with Shimano!Andy M-S
Dec 17, 2002 7:35 PM
Yep--just remember to use a Campy rear derailler along with the shifters. At that point, you're pretty much set, and you can use any mix for the other components.
Campy Ergo power with Shimano!pedalruns
Dec 18, 2002 9:25 AM
Just found this site and this is just the info I was looking for!

I'm about to ditch most of my shimano(my ultrega shifters are on their last duct-taped shift). I want to go with campy (probably Chorus, but that record sure is pretty) shifters and drive train but use my DA cranks for a while and save some money until I can afford the rest of it. But if the cranks work I may keep them.

And I'm not trying to start a war here but I have to say that I test rode a campy equipped bike(centuar) and could not believe how much better the shifting was and being able to shift all gears at once and the hoods were much more comfortable and the stuff just looks so much better. I have used shimano for years(DA,600/ultrega, 105) and have been pretty happy and they make good stuff but.....
re: Campy Ergo power with Shimano?gschiener
Dec 18, 2002 4:28 AM
Campy's release for the brake calipers is at the lever... Shimanos is at the caliper... Not a big problem, but worth considering...
But his combination will work great for brakes!Kurt H
Dec 18, 2002 5:50 AM
I do kinda the same thing he's suggesting. Using Campy shifters with Shimano brakes (needed a long reach caliper and wanted a dual pivot = Shimano) means you can open the brakes at the caliper AND the shifter, meaning I can pull out rather large tires without having to twiddle with the barrel adjuster to gain extra clearance. My Roly-Polys come out without a problem. I imagine using Shimano shifters and Campy brakes would kinda suck for getting wheels out though :-)
FWIW, I use 9 speed Campy derailleurs and shifters with a Shimano wheel and Shimano cassette. As many have said before, it's not 100% but works pretty darn well. Every now and then I have a hesitation in shifting and have to shift a second time, then shift back one to get to the gear I really wanted. It's my commuter and the parts are what I had's good enough!
Two releases beats none! (Campy cals + DA levers) nmSpunout
Dec 18, 2002 6:42 AM
bad idea...C-40
Dec 18, 2002 9:10 AM
Shimano rear derailleurs will not work with Campy shifters. The cable pull is not the same.

There is a crude way to use Campy 10 speed shifter to operate a 9 speed Shimano derailleur by routing the shift cable below the cable clamp to effectively lengthen the lever arm on the shimano dearilleur. Details can be found at this site:

I would be a lot smarter to build the bike with all Campy Chorus parts. It's cheaper and you get 10 speeds.
Thanks for the info-was afraid it was bad ideaJerryZ
Dec 18, 2002 1:57 PM
Just didn't know why. I just like the gearing options for Shimano better than Campy. In light of the upcoming 11-speed, I will just go with DA all around.
Thanks again, guys
Works fine provided....flyweight
Dec 18, 2002 2:02 PM
You use a 10 speed Ergo lever. You need to fiddle with the cable clamp but it will work. It's about 95% as good as all Campy or all Shimano set-ups.