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What should I domfuchs1
Apr 28, 2003 4:54 AM
I think that my 1996 Chorus Ergo shifters are about due for a rebuild/replacement (ghost shifting, skipping, all of the usual symptoms). My problem is that after buying a new house last month and having a 2 year old daughter with a stay at home mom, my bicycle budget has been drastically reduced to the nearly non-existant level. I have a new wheelset that I bought last year ( after selling other bike stuff) which has a 9 speed hubset so whatever I do it will be to 9 speed. My question is: Should I just rebuild the levers or replace them with a set of new Mirage levers? The cost is about the same. How do new Mirage levers compare to older Chorus levers? Can Mirage be changed over to 10 speed in the future? Any input or other suggestion will be greatly appreciated. FWIW I can get the Mirage levers for about $60.00 which is roughly the same as parts for a rebuild.

I know that I will be told to go to Veloce or Centaur levers but right now that is not a option. I need to try to get the most bang for my buck with one of the two above options.

re: What should I doJuanmoretime
Apr 28, 2003 6:11 AM
I would think that a rebuilt Chorus Ergo shifter would be much better than the Mirage. I'm somewhat new to Campy but I would think the 9 speed Chorus uses ball bearing, as the speed 10 Ergo shifters do, verses a bushing that the Mirage utlizes. It sounds like your budget is going to be a little tight for a while, I would think until money opens up, you would want to be riding the Chorus. Plus you might be able to upgrade your 96's to ten speed. Just my .02 cents.
re: What should I domfuchs1
Apr 28, 2003 6:40 AM
These are the old style Chorus levers with the pointed hoods. They do not have ball bearings and are not upgradeable to 10 speed. If they had ball bearings there would be no question about rebuild but since they have bushings I guess that my question should have been is how far down the Campagnolo line has the 1996 technology trickled down to? Is there any comparison (other than looks) in the shifting between thes two levers.
Clean & lube firstKerry
Apr 28, 2003 4:40 PM
Unless you have cleaned and lubed these levers, then you can't be sure they are worn out. Flush the mechanism well with something like WD-40, then chase with ProLink or TriFlow, or just flush with the lube in the first place. Things should be dripping as you shift up and down through the gears. You can also take things apart and put lightweight grease in there, but you don't really need to tear things apart. You can just push in some grease with a small bladed screwdriver (after flushing out all the gunk first). Only after doing this should you consider a rebuild or replacement. Since the levers are 7 years old, you might want to go extra heavy on the flush & lube.