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UpGrade Question(5 posts)

UpGrade QuestionLakeRaven
Dec 27, 2002 7:48 AM
Can I upgrade a 1988 Bianchi Giro with Campy victory components to 105 sti 8 or 9 speed? Can I still get 8 spedd? The rear wheel I have is probably a freewheel. Will I need to replace the wheel to accomidate a cassette?
re: UpGrade QuestionRusty Coggs
Dec 27, 2002 9:22 AM
If you want a cassette,it's either new wheel or rebuild the wheel you have with a a cassette hub.Why mess with 8 speed?Issues will be the same and it's an obselete dead end.Sure you can stick 9 speed 105 on a 88 bianchi. Your rear dreoputs ae probably 126m and if the frame is steel, it can be spread to the required 130mm spacing or you can just stick the wider hub in the present droputs.
re: UpGrade QuestionCT1 Guy
Dec 27, 2002 11:07 AM
Take your frame to a shop to have your rear end re-set - they will have the right tools and know how much 'effort' to give it. On upgrading, reckon on a whole drive train, i.e. shifters, rear gear, rear hub, cassette and chain. Your best bet would be to see if you can get a deal on a whole groupset. You'd also want to consider new brake calipers as your old single pivots will seem feeble in comparison to todays dual pivot ones.
Wise investment?Kerry
Dec 27, 2002 5:51 PM
You're going to dump several $100 into a bike that would fetch maybe $300 for sale (maybe $200?). Are you sure this is the best way to spend your money. If you could sell the Bianch for $200, you could take the upgrade money and get a much better, and newer, used bike. And then everything would work together as designed. Unless the Bianchi has special sentimental meaning, you're probably better off to upgrade the bike. And IF the Bianchi is special to you, you can't be serious about gutting it and replacing those beloved parts! Mutton dressed as lamb!
re: UpGrade QuestionBridgestoner
Dec 31, 2002 2:48 PM
I just upgraded my 92 steel bike from 7 speed to 9 for $100.00. I purchased used Ultegra 6501 9 speed STI shifters and "went for it." I have Suntour front and rear deraillers and 7 speed freewheel. 9 on 7 - Perfect shifts every time. My LBS mechanic couldn't believe it.
I'm not disapointed that Santa brought me all new Dura Ace, though. I may have to get another frame!
This may or may not work on your Campy, but spend a little and try. BTW, Sheldon Brown says you DO NOT need to upgrade your crank if you go to 9.