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Shifting: Campy vs. Shimano?(6 posts)

Shifting: Campy vs. Shimano?BigFatSal
Jul 17, 2003 5:17 PM
I've been using Shimano components/shifters for several years. Am planning a new bike purchase soon and thinking about maybe getting Campy components, but I've never tried shifting with the Campy setup. I like that with Shimano you can upshift or downshift easily from either the brakehoods or from the drops.... Can this also be done from both positions with the Campy's? Any other comments or comparisons would also be appreciated.... Thanks.
re: Shifting: Campy vs. Shimano?MisterX
Jul 17, 2003 6:02 PM
The only difficulty I have with Campy shifting is downshifting to a lower gear from the drops. Shifting with your right thumb in this position takes a little practice, particularly if you're out the saddle climbing, or in a sprint. Campy also has a break in period, where the shifting is a little stiff at first, but this wears in over time. Shifting from the brake hoods is a snap.

I used to be a Shimano user, but switched to Campy 2 years ago. I won't be going back. Aesthetically, the Campy stuff looks so much nicer, without cables hanging all over the place. And the plus side is that even Campy's heaviest lever setup, is quite a bit lighter than the Dura-Ace STI levers if you're gram chasing.

Good luck.
re: Shifting: Campy vs. Shimano?Grahamalicious
Jul 17, 2003 7:03 PM
I just tried some campy and found that unlike shimano, i can't downshift and brake very well at the same time. With the shimano, slowing down for a stop sign/light/whatever, i can pull the lever back and to the side at the same time and lighty pedal to downshift. i tried with the campy and i couldn't do it smoothly at all, since it required two fingers close together
Try using the frt brake!the bull
Jul 17, 2003 7:10 PM
It does a better job stopping anyway! Then you can use your right side to shift.I usually shift in to the gear I am going to start accerating in before I stop.
Campy shifting felt funny...the bull
Jul 17, 2003 7:05 PM
For about one day. Now there is no going back!
Dont worry there are not problems.Just more a little more fine tuning to get the chain quite.
re: Shifting: Campy vs. Shimano?divve
Jul 17, 2003 11:50 PM
To me one of the great things that really stands out with Campy is the feel of the Ergo hoods. The transitional angle between the handlebars and hoods is much shallower. On DA I feel that my hands are running out of space. I'm locked into one position in the hollow wedge of the DA hoods. The flatter Campy hoods are more relaxing and roomier for my hands. I have to note that I'm 6'0.5" so my hands might be comparatively larger.