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10sp Centaur Crankset with 9sp drivetrain?(9 posts)

10sp Centaur Crankset with 9sp drivetrain?EdSned
Jun 18, 2003 6:39 AM
my LBS, having sold out of 9sp cranksets, claims the 10sp works fine, if not better.

The Campy website Q&A says it doesn't...

who to believe?
Jun 18, 2003 6:44 AM
You need a different large chainring. Instead of asking your lbs ask Tim at He knows what he's talking about.
Tim.....Rusty Coggs
Jun 18, 2003 6:58 AM
...pretty much goes with what Campy says,and alot of what Campy says is CYA, and not exactly true when it comes to practical usage. In all fairness,Shimano doesd the same.
Believe your shopMR_GRUMPY
Jun 18, 2003 7:25 AM
Many people recomend a Dura Ace 9 speed chain for Campy 10 speed systems.
Believe your shopRusty Coggs
Jun 18, 2003 8:12 AM
Yeah,but there can be issues depending on size of large cog and chainstay length.
re: 10sp Centaur Crankset with 9sp drivetrain?kilimanjaro
Jun 18, 2003 8:21 AM
According to Brandford bikes, the 10sp and 9sp cranksets differ only in the outer chainring. The 10sp chainring mounts closer to the inner chainring. The crankarms are identical.
I think soweiwentg
Jun 18, 2003 10:17 AM
when Campy moved from 9s to 10s, they spaced the inner chainrings something like .3mm closer - you can check this at Branford bike. I would bet that it will work just as well.
re: 10sp Centaur Crankset with 9sp drivetrain?Rob Sal
Jun 18, 2003 11:08 AM
Buy the 10 speed, it works fine the only difference is the outer ring which is machined 0.4mm thinner at the point it fixes to the spider, the teeth are exactly the same . If you are worried, you could use 0.4mm spacers but my 10 speed Record triple works fine with 9 speed chain/rear mech.
..the outcome...EdSned
Jun 18, 2003 11:37 PM
As many of you suggested, it makes no difference. My LBS fitted the 10sp crankset, and after 50 odd miles, I can confirm there's no discernable shifting difference.

FWIW, intending absolutely no disrespect to Tim at Branford, I emailed him and he said, it wouldn't work unless I changed the chainring spacers to account for the 0.4mm difference....clearly the Campag site Q&A are going to be ultra-conservative - worth noting next time they say something can't be done...

Thanks all