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Converting from Shimano to Campy...(5 posts)

Converting from Shimano to Campy...pedalpete
Jun 10, 2003 3:02 PM
Considering upgrading my rig, and was toying with the idea of trying Campy.
I've been all Shimano for 10 years, but thought I'd see how the other side lives.

Can I get away with only swapping shifters, rear der, chain, and getting one of those campy cassettes that fit on a shimano freehub body?

Not sure if I'd need knew chainrings or not.
Anything else I am missing?

Any reason why shimano slr brakes won't work with Campy levers, etc.
re: Converting from Shimano to Campy...russw19
Jun 10, 2003 3:37 PM
I have a Record 10 bike with Dura-Ace dual pivot Brake Calipers... works fine. In fact better than fine because you have quick release on your levers and calipers. Mine was going to be a temp setup, as I had another set of brakes on order that just never came in, so I cancelled. Until I decide to get a pair of Cane Creeks, the Dura-Ace stay.

You should be fine with a Shimano crank and chainrings, even though Campy says no. It will work. Just make sure your Campy 10 chain won't fall in between the two (3) rings, because it is a narrower chain. Also, I am pretty positive the front derailleur will work. The trim feature may not end up perfect, but it will work.

Hubs will be fine if you run conversion cassettes. I have an extra if you need one... let me know if you need more info about it. I use the American Classic cassette. It's the cheapest but also the heaviest out there. It's based on an Ultegra cassette. The other company to make one is Wheels Manufacturing. They make one based on the Ultegra and one based on Dura-Ace cassettes. The one based on the Dura-Ace cassette is really nice. It's lighter than the Campy cassette and marginally cheaper too, but still costs close to $200 depending on where you look. Their cassette based on the Ultegra is cheaper (around $125 if I am correct) and is a little bit lighter than the American Classic, but the AmC is only about $90. They all work pretty well, not perfect, but OK, but have compatibility issues with a couple hubsets. Check the websites for each for those.

Other than that, you have it all covered. Anymore questions... ask away, someone here is always willing to help you decided how to spend your money ;-)

Should work fine...pappy_d
Jun 10, 2003 5:10 PM
Thats what I just did a few months ago, switched Shifters, rear d., chain, and an American Classic conversion cassette.
Look for selling the American Classic cassette on Ebay- they were great, has some of the best deals on Campy Ergo levers.

good luck

If you go with Campy 9 speed , you won't need to .......MR_GRUMPY
Jun 10, 2003 6:46 PM
change your cassette. Ultegra cassettes only cost $37.
Do you really need a 10 speed system?? You can get Chorus or Record in 9 speed.
re: Converting from Shimano to Campy...bigdeal
Jun 11, 2003 8:31 AM
I have an American Classic cassette I'm not using, it's new, 12-26 if I remember correctly. $75 plus shipping. Let me know if you're interested.