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do campy shifters use "special" cables?(9 posts)

do campy shifters use "special" cables?iliketoridebikes
May 16, 2003 1:33 PM
settle a bet. I say shifter cables for shimano STI shifters work fine in campy chorus ten-speed. my bro says not. what's the real deal?
Shifter? No. Brake? YesTJeanloz
May 16, 2003 1:43 PM
The shifters can use an STI cable; the brakes need a slightly different one.
sort of...C-40
May 16, 2003 1:47 PM
Shimano cable ends are slightly different diameter. The end may need to be filed a bit to insure that it will seat into the ergo lever properly.

Campy cables can be purchased for about $5 each and used with shimano or other plastic lined housing, to save a few bucks. You can't beat campy cables for flexibilty, IMO.
Pay up................MR_GRUMPY
May 16, 2003 8:00 PM
The Shimano shift cables will probably go into your Ergo levers with a little pulling, but you may have a little trouble getting them out. The round thingy on the end of Shimano cables is just a little bigger than the Campy thingy. I'm not saying that it "will" jam them up. Just that it may. If it does jam, you may have to pick the end out with a needle, or push from the other side.
Best thing, is if you have to use Shimano cables, is to file the head on all sides to make it a little smaller.
If it goes in tight, it will come out tighter.
re: do campy shifters use "special" cables?mackgoo
May 16, 2003 9:39 PM
NO! Any time you try to stick the cable in the Ergo will puke it up and spit it out. If you don't want to pay for Campy cables get Le Tour. The Ergo will feel right at home.
re: do campy shifters use "special" cables?iliketoridebikes
May 17, 2003 6:11 AM
I am not convinced either way at this point. Any more opinions on this one? Why are campy cables more "flexible"? Are campy cables stainless?
May 17, 2003 2:10 PM
Yes, campy cables are stainless steel. They are woven from finer wire than most others, which makes them noticeably more flexible. Why not get one and compare it?
sti cables did not workDougSloan
May 17, 2003 7:43 PM
STI cable ends would not pull through the little eyelets inside the shifter housing correctly; they appeared to, but they would not shift right. Use Campy cables.

May 19, 2003 4:04 AM
Lets not add to the myth. Campy cables are not 'special' any more than Shimano cables are 'special', or cables from any other cable winder. The only difference is that Campy gear (Ergo) cable heads are slightly smaller than Shimano. But 30 secs with a file and the Shimano cable will work as long and as well as the Campy.