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Any *performance* diff between various ergo levers?(4 posts)

Any *performance* diff between various ergo levers?satanas
Oct 1, 2003 12:39 PM
The reason I ask is that I am thinking of switching from Dura-Ace 8 speed, but don't have lots of $. From the exploded views on the Campag website, the only internal difference between Centaur (and below) and Chorus/Record is that the latter two have a ball bearing rather than a sleeve bearing for the main pivot.

Does this really have a noticeable effect on ease of movement/durability? (I suspect not, which would save me mucho $$$...)

Please, only reply if you have practical experience with both lever types.

Thanckx
not a whole lotweiwentg
Oct 1, 2003 7:42 PM
I have Record and Centaur. the action is very, very similar - Record has, I think, a more "definite" click. in terms of actual performance, there is little difference in the short term. in the very long term, bushings (Centaur) are less durable than ball bearings. I do not know how long it will take to wear the bushings in Centaur levers out. I suspect that by then, I will have upgraded.
Stay away from Miragebimini
Oct 3, 2003 10:55 AM
Other than the name & polish they are all similar and interchangeable. The Record & Chorus have ball bearings instead of bushing. According to Branford Bikes this makes for cleaner shifting at first, but once the bushings wear in a bit there is no difference in shifting. There is not much pressure or speed on the bushings so wear should not be an issue.

I had two right mirage Shifters. They have cheap black plastic shifters that break off very easy. Go with the Chorus or Centaur. They use Aluminum shifters. I have a pair of Chorus now and are very happy with them. The Record has a carbon fiber shifter, after the Mirage problem I would be suspect.
Thanckx!satanas
Oct 10, 2003 1:20 AM
I think I'll go with either Centaur (or Veloce if it's cheaper). The crappier the bike looks the less likely some lowlife will pinch it! I don't like the plastic - sorry "composite" - secondary levers on Record as have seen them broken at the LBS.