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Ever mix and match Campy and Shimano ?(7 posts)

Ever mix and match Campy and Shimano ?tirider
Sep 4, 2003 9:21 PM
I'm currently running Dura Ace on my bike. While I love the mechanics of it, I've always prefered the ergonomics of the Campy Ergo levers. Has anyone ever tried using Campy levers with a Dura Ace drivetrain? I was once told that by routing the cable to the DA rear derailleur clamp a certain way, it can be made to work. While searching the web, I stumbled upon the website
which appears to offer the solution I've been looking for. My curiousity, having gotten the best of me, forced me to order this Jtek Shiftmate and a Record Carbon set of Ergo 9 speed levers. Hopefully, I'll get them tomorrow, and have an answer to this conundrum soon. It would appear that by using this pulley device and changing the cable pull ratios, various combinations of components can work together. I realize that just changing over to all Campy stuff would be the easiest course, but I was waiting to see what the 2004 Record looks like first and would prefer to put off until later purchasing this and the necessarily compatible wheelset. This of course, brings up the many other options, such as using a Campy drive train with a Shimano cassette. Has anyone tried mixing and matching various Campy and Shimano components and what do you think of my odds of getting this particular combination to work well? It would be somewhat of a novelty if it did, except for the long term emotional damage to my bike.
Here's another website with a solution....tirider
Sep 4, 2003 10:10 PM
This shows how to use a Campy Ergo 10 speed with a Shimano 9 speed derailleur. I'll be trying a Campy 9 with Shimano using that Shiftmate device. Again, I'm curious what combinations riders have tried (I did look up the previous discussion concerning Shimano cassettes with a Campy drivetrain).
re: Ever mix and match Campy and Shimano ?buffedupboy
Sep 4, 2003 11:58 PM
Dude, do a search on previous postings on this topic. You will find my posting on the exact same thing! Basically, it goes something like this:

It is possible to mix Campy and Shimano only in the following combinations:

1)Campy 10Sp Ergolevers with a Shimano 9Sp Rear D with routing described on

2) Or a cheaper and better solution is to use a Campy 9sp Ergopower Lever with a Campy 9Sp Rear D.

Everything else from the cogset, wheelset, Front D, Cranks are all compatible. Note the Speeds. Hope this helps. And yes, once you go Campy, no way in hell you going back.

re: Ever mix and match Campy and Shimano ?markkar
Sep 5, 2003 9:32 AM
I have heard that you need to use the older Campy 9 speed levers to have compatibility with Shimano 9 speed cassette. Campy rededigned the 9 speed Record and Chorus a couple of years ago and that these systems do not have straight compatibility with the Shimano 9 speed cassette spacing.
I've done it. It works well.weed
Sep 5, 2003 4:06 AM
I used the hubbub set-up and it works well. The only problem I had was the hook style clamp is not on the Dura-ace derailleur. Luckily, I had an XT derailleur with that clamp, so I switched them. Bending the cable around the hook part was not as easy as it looks. Be patient.

The shifting is perfect. Remember that this is Campy 10 speed shifters to Shimano 9 speed.
re: Ever mix and match Campy and Shimano ?Derf
Sep 5, 2003 4:50 AM
Last month I setup my bike with Veloce Ergo levers (9 speed)and matching rear derailleur. I run 105 hubs and front derailleur, older Ultegra cranks and a Sram 9 speed cassette. No problems so far. I was patient in setting up the rear limiting screws. From there it was just turning the barrel adjuster on the rear and presto, precise shifting.

Chorus 9sp shifters and derailleur with DurAce 9sp cassette.dzrider
Sep 5, 2003 10:55 AM
With a very small amount of adjustment this combination works fine. I go back and forth between Campy and Shimano wheelsets without dreading the switch.