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Veloce Vs. Chorus(7 posts)

Veloce Vs. Chorus24qq6vj
Jan 5, 2003 2:25 PM
I'm thinking about changing my Veloce groupsets into Chorus (10s). Is it worth the money? Do I feel any differences? I'm weekend rider (about 100 miles aweek) and make a few races during the year.
Thanks in advance for suports answers.
Not much difference in functionLeroy
Jan 5, 2003 3:32 PM
IMO. I have both and like the way they both shift. Now whether it's worth it to go for the 10 speed is entirely personal preference. Chorus looks more elegant. If you like veloce, you'll love chorus. No upgrade like the one you're considering is a waste of money. I think everything Campy makes is worth the money, but that's just me.
Reasons to upgradeKerry
Jan 5, 2003 4:59 PM
What is the driver for your upgrade? It's a lot of money for not much performance improvement, which can be said of just about any "one step" upgrade in either Campy or Shimano's line. It's a lot easier to make the upgrade decision when things wear out or fail or when you're getting a new bike. As of now, you'd have sort of a "double cost" situation - you've already paid for the Veloce group and you're thinking about spending the money for Chorus only to have a box full of un-used Veloce parts. You'll feel some slight performance improvements, have better looking stuff, and it will be easier to maintain, but unless you can't live without that extra gear, you're going to have to do it "just because you want to."
re: Veloce Vs. Choruspben
Jan 6, 2003 5:05 AM
A few other things to consider in your decision. I have been told by a VERY reputable source that with the exception of the Record line, much of Campy's stuff becomes rebranded later on under a lower line name. Point in fact, I have Veloce, and was told directly from a rep that my group is basically Chorus from 2 yrs prior. Finishes aren't quite as nice, but everything basically the same. That being said, you are looking to upgrade used Veloce to new or newer Chorus. Given your riding time and limited racing, you would be better off spending your $$ on wheels. Either upgrading existing or buying a set of higher performance, race wheels. I've ridden for a long time and use to race, and the one area I could always get a return on investment was (and still is) wheels.
re: Veloce Vs. Chorusdesmo
Jan 8, 2003 7:55 PM
You will not notice much (if any) difference in performance. The only truly junk piece in the Veloce gruppo is the front hub, which is worth upgrading to Chorus (especially if you ride in the wet). Other than that you will just get a small weight savings, eye appeal, and of course the coolness factor. But I would also add that if you're an older rider and ride in a hilly area, the Chorus 10 13-29 cassette option is pretty worthwhile. Gives you some nice low gears but is still very "raceable" using just the first seven cogs.
re: Veloce Vs. ChorusSnowBlind
Jan 9, 2003 4:15 PM
I had a Bianchi with Veloce and and Inglis with Chorus.
Veloce: shifted 3 gears at time max, hubs are kinda draggy.
Chorus: 5 gears at a time, smoother action because of bearings in Ergo's vers. bushings in Veloce.

I think that the Chorus is the best price to performance in the Campy line, but Centaur is very nice as well, and if you can find closeout Daytona, go for it.

Before you drop cash on the Chorus, get Record/OpenPro (or whatever) wheels built for the Veloce. You can always get the rest of the stuff later, and the improvement of the hubs will make a nice improvement for the bucks.

Even better, go ride a Chorus equiped bike.
re: Veloce Vs. ChorusParticleMan
Jan 10, 2003 11:23 PM
I have a suggestion. This is what I will do, and based on experience and feedback-

Upgrade to Record 10 Carbon shifters. Daytona 10 speed rear derailleur, hub and freewheel, and c10 chain. Leave the rest as it is - Veloce brakes, cranks, b/b,etc. If you have money left over, upgrade wheels to Chorus/Open Pro, or Protons.