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performance differences between Chorus and Centaur?(4 posts)

performance differences between Chorus and Centaur?dawgcatchr
Jun 20, 2003 11:29 PM
Hi. I have been looking to upgrade to 10-speed for awhile, expecially now that I am buying a new frame (most likely a Colnago CT1 or Merlin Extralight). I currently am running 3-year old Dura-Ace, but really prefer Campy (my first road bike had 8-spd Mirage, loved the Ergo levers and the finish, plus everyone rides Shimano). I have been planning on buying a Chorus Groupset, but saw that there is a sale on Centaur this month from one of our distributors (I work in a shop). What kind of performance differences will I see between Chorus and Centaur? Any ideas for mixing/matching the two grouppos to get the best price/performance ratio? I work in a shop, so it goes without saying that I don't have unlimited funds at my disposal. I see that the weight difference is neglegible, what about performance. I am attracted to the Chorus crankset due to the low Q-factor: is it the same as the Centaur model? With the money I could potentailly save, I could buy a nice set of wheels, so I would like all the help all of you Campyphiles could give me. Thanks!
choose chorus...C-40
Jun 21, 2003 4:25 AM
The chorus crank and BB are interchangeable with Record with the same 102mm spindle length. Centaur has a much cheaper BB with an 111mm spindle. If you change any two items, those would be the ones.

Personally, I found the Centaur parts are a substantial step down in finish from chorus. They really look pretty cheap, IMO. Just saw a Centaur equipped bike for the first time a few weeks ago and was surprised at the low-level look.

With Chorus you get virtually the same finish as Record parts and identical performance, only a bit more weight. It's by far the best deal.
Chorus no doubt.the bull
Jun 22, 2003 6:22 AM
As good as Record!
A little heavier.
Probally more durable!
Should be able to get group for about $700 or less!
Centaur Rear D., Chorus Ergo and Cranks....pappy_d
Jun 22, 2003 10:06 AM
I've mixed the two to get the best value/performance. It is as much about bragging rights and ego when buying Chorus over Centuar for most of us- I doubt anyone on RBR would really be held back by the performance of Centaur, its got a great finish, and the same design as Record and Chorus (except for cranks and BB).

Always buy the best you want to afford