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Newbie QPinarelloparis
Jul 25, 2003 8:29 AM
this is my first post, as i'm kinda new to the sport. i know a lot about mtb tech, but some things about road bikes confuse me. what are the differences between campy and shimano shifters? pros? cons? need to decide since i'm building up a new bike. all i really know is that one shifter isn't compatible with another system, etc. thanks!
Two suggestionsAllUpHill
Jul 25, 2003 11:40 AM
Search this board (and the General board) for past discussions on the topic.

Secondly, discussion is actually meaningless on the topic. Try riding both shifters, and the longer the test ride, the better. I'd say you could get acclimated to either one you own, but they feel very different, and you'll probably find an immediate preference for one over the other.
Two suggestionsPinarelloparis
Jul 27, 2003 6:41 PM
yeah i understand ya. i'm gonna go down to my LBS and test ride a couple. guess i'm a little biased toward campy already cos i'm an italian building a pinarello...go figure. thanks!
Can of worms has been opened...........BIG RING
Jul 25, 2003 12:12 PM
Both of them are great. Try them out and decide. I have both Record 10 and Shimano DA. If I had to choose just one it would be the DA due to the smoothness of shifting, Record is very mechanical feeling, and ubiquity of replacement parts gives DA the edge. Any shop can fix Shimano, ie. has parts. The same can't be said for Campy. Yet, I also hear that you will never need to replace Campy, it is bomb proof compared to having to replace more delicate Shimano parts, such as bushings.

How do they feel? I like the bigger block of the DA to rest my hands on the hoods, but really enjoy the feel of the Campy rubber. I don't like having to release my grip on the hood to engage the thumb shifter when I am upshifting on the Campy stuff. The DA shifting can take place with just my index finger or midle and ring finger, while keeping a nice grip on the hoods. It will be an individual choice.
Ride Japanese and wear Italian :-) (nm)innergel
Jul 25, 2003 1:40 PM
lmao. campy it is though! too bad, haha. :) nmPinarelloparis
Jul 27, 2003 6:42 PM