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Why is Campy drivetrain noisy?(8 posts)

Why is Campy drivetrain noisy?Pewe
Jun 6, 2003 7:23 AM
My Campagnolo Chorus drivetrain is brand new, but I think it's noisy when pedalling. The chain makes a rather loud humming sound. My wrench says it's normal and will go away after a few months. What is your experience about this? Will the drivetrain get quieter after a while?


oiled the chain, yet? nmDougSloan
Jun 6, 2003 7:28 AM
Its because youre used to Shimano!the bull
Jun 6, 2003 8:31 AM
It will get quite but not as quite as a Dura-ace set up.
Its normal.
re: Why is Campy drivetrain noisy?MR_GRUMPY
Jun 6, 2003 10:56 AM
When it is time to change your chain, you may want to try a Dura Ace 9 speed chain. I've read that it works fine. You can get them on sale for about $20 sometimes.
Doesn't sound right..DINOSAUR
Jun 7, 2003 7:02 AM
My year old Colnago MXL with Campy Chorus/Record mix (Campy 10 speed chain) was remarkably quite right from the first pedal stroke. That is the first thing I noticed with the bike. I recently changed to a Wipperman Connex stainless steel chain, which makes a little noise, but is still a lot more quite than the Ultegra 9 speed on my old bike. Something is not right. Either that or your ears are a lot more sensitive than mine. Chains and cassettes wear together, so I guess after a couple hundred miles the drivetrain should quite down, but mine was quite right from the get go...I also wipe off my chain after each ride and apply a light coat of lube (homebrew-3 parts odorless mineral spirits/1 part motor oil)which keeps my drivetrain nice and quite. I'm not advocating you use a homebrew, but the lack of lube could be the cause of Campy group seems to get better the more miles I put on it (about 8K now)......
re:Is the chain length correct?Mike Prince
Jun 7, 2003 9:09 AM
A too long chain could be somewhat noisy. Also, I would check the chainline to see if yours is way off. You don't say if it happens in every gear, but get on the small chainring and a gear in the middle of the rear cluster. That should be the quietest combination as the chain should have almost no deflection.

No noise should take a "few months" to go away. A few days or a few rides maybe, but not months.
re:Is the chain length correct?powergyoza
Jun 7, 2003 11:02 AM
I hear a lot of people use Shimano chains in place of the Campy chain. The trick (straight from the mechanic's mouth) is to change to Shimano soon enough so that the Campy chain (allegedly a Sach-type chain) doesn't mark the cassette with it "unique" wear pattern.
It will go away and use a wet style lube....Stinky Hippie
Jun 7, 2003 7:47 PM
...I've found wet lube much quieter than teflon dry lubes or White lightning. it's what Campy recommends, and it really makes the shifting smoother .

My Record 10 is unbelievably since it broke in

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