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New campy shifters for 7 speed cassette?(4 posts)

New campy shifters for 7 speed cassette?chaduardo
May 29, 2003 5:41 AM
As a pseudo retro-grouch, I am wondering if it is possible to use new Campy ergo shifters with a 7 speed cassette. I like the idea of shifting from the handlebars but don't feel that I need more than 14 gears. Can the cable travel be adjusted without 'much' trouble?


re: New campy shifters for 7 speed cassette?Rusty Coggs
May 29, 2003 5:52 AM
It's about cog spacing. seven speed spacing is about 5mm and campy 9 speed is 4.5mm and 10 speed is 4.12mm. cable pull in the shifter is not adjustable. Might work if you could find campy 8 speed ergo shifters as campy 8 speed spacing was 5.0mm.
Yes you can....tanman
May 29, 2003 6:44 AM
All you need to do is swap the shifting disk in the right hand Ergopower lever to an 8 speed disk. It will cost you about $30.

From the website:

"All 1999 to current Campagnolo 9 and 10 speed Ergo Levers can be retrofitted to 8 speed by switching the internal ergo cog. Order part # LD-99-50 for $29.88."

"Any Campagnolo 8 speed Ergopower, downtube or bar-end shifter will also work perfectly with a Campagnolo 7 speed system. The amount of cable pull is identical for Campagnolo 7 and 8 speed systems."

Campy 7 and 8 speed spacing is the same, 5.0mm, so all you'll need to do is lock out the last click on the ergo shifter.

Hope this helps.
Yes you can....maybe...eddie m
May 29, 2003 6:56 AM
There are 2 Campy 8s systems. Both have the same cog spacing, but the pre-2001 has less cable pull. A pre-2001 derailer won't work with the newer levers, and vice versa. Check out for the official campatibility chart. It doesn't go all the way back to 7s, but a 8s should shift 7s.
BTW, when I wrecked my pre-2001 RD, it was cheaper to upgrade to 9s than to replace the derailler, since the only pre-2001 8s replacement RD I could find was a Record Titanium.