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Nov 21, 2001 9:43 PM
Has any one built up a bike with Campy components?
Nov 22, 2001 9:46 AM
Yes, my Dream Crosslonefrontranger
Nov 22, 2001 11:00 AM
because I just couldn't stand the thought of putting Shimano on a Colnago...

Seriously, though - Campy stuff works quite well. A plus is that the Campy front mech will actually work with a 110 BCD crank, where a Shimano road front mech won't. There are a lot of good 110 cranks out there.

Or you can do what I did - buy an entire Racing Triple gruppo, sell the brakes on Ebay, use the Campy triple crank, and stick a chainguard on the outer ring. This gave me the 36/46 setup I was looking for.

I wonder if Shimano and Campy will ever offer full-on dedicated 'cross grouppos with proper compatibility, ring sizes, etc? I know it's a serious niche market, and half the fun is cobbling together a groupset, but it would take some of the time and hassle out of building a cross bike (single speeders excepted, of course). I bet Campy could do a lovely job on making a set of 'cross brakes that are both stylish and functional (not that many boutique mfgrs. haven't done this already).
Yes, my Dream Crossmackgoo
Nov 26, 2001 8:08 AM
Could you tell me more about your frame set?
Nov 26, 2001 1:32 PM
It's basically Colnago's adaptation of their Dream Plus aluminum road frame. This year the Dream frames all went to a lighter "Airplane" alloy. The 'cross fork is straight-blade steel, and the Dream Cross frames add internal gussets to the weld joins as stiffeners / strengtheners. The geometry is a little more laid-back than their road frames, but still pretty upright for a 'cross frame. They are a full-out racing bike, and as such don't have bottle cage bosses.

One of the quirks of the Dream Cross frame is that there is plenty of mud clearance in the stays, but the front mech is set so that it doesn't have much clearance for tires over 30mm wide, so you have to be very careful with your BB selection. The Euros tend to ride such skinny tires for 'cross that I imagine this never becomes an issue with their Rabobank team members.
Nov 26, 2001 3:06 PM
Where di you get it?

Nov 26, 2001 3:29 PM
I have a hookup with a guy I used to work for. He's in Cincinnati. If you're interested, e-mail me:


Shimano can handle 110 bcdRay Sachs
Nov 26, 2001 6:46 PM
"A plus is that the Campy front mech will actually work with a 110 BCD crank, where a Shimano road front mech won't. There are a lot of good 110 cranks out there."

Since when? I have a Dura Ace front der shifting across a 34-48 110 bcd setup. It's not on a cross bike, but it couldn't shift any better if it had to.

re: Campymackgoo
Nov 22, 2001 12:47 PM
What are you guys using for brakes?
re: Campybn
Nov 22, 2001 5:10 PM
Campy cantilevers, of course
re: Campymackgoo
Nov 22, 2001 6:43 PM
Do you know where I could find a set? I'm looking for OR's.
re: Campytayo
Nov 28, 2001 2:07 PM
There's an Ibis SS mtb on Ebay with full Campy. Expensive way to get just Campy cantis, but if your looking for more... Was that you that won the auction for the Bianchi Axis frame/fork? If you bought the Ibis, you could move the full group over and have a pretty nice (and unique) setup. Part out the frame and left overs (thumbies, etc) and probably come out close to even.
re: Campymackgoo
Nov 29, 2001 3:34 AM
I have been watching a Giordana, in fact I bid on it the first time around. I don't see an Ibis. If this is another bike could you post the link?
re: Campytayo
Nov 29, 2001 10:47 AM
Here's the link to the Ibis:

Unfortunately, the auction has already ended. But you may want to contact the high bidder and see if they are going to swap the cantis for V-brakes, etc.
Nov 23, 2001 1:43 AM
Got Racing Triple (30/40/50) on my Jake. Avid conti's though. Works great.

At the risk of starting a conflict that makes Afghanistan look like a jelly fight at a 5th birthday party, I'd say that it's better than Shim, due to the adjustability and ease of use of the front shifter system. I also find the thumb lever easier to use while keeping a tight grip on the hoods, which is how I ride 90% of the time.

All down to preference of course, and depending on the type of terrain you are riding.
I've got Campy Daytona; I love it.Leisure
Nov 23, 2001 5:18 AM
I think Shimano would have been fine but I've never had good luck with them in mtbing. I also wish Campy would "'cross-over" so I could use them on my mtb also.
I've got Campy Daytona; I love it.Velocipedio
Nov 23, 2001 3:18 PM
Campagnolo DID "cross over" in the late-1980s. It's off-road [read: MTB] groups were Record-OR, Icarus, Olympus and Centaur. Record-OR was actually rather good, but Campy, like many others, simply couldn't compete with the S juggernaut.
Veloce on mine - cheaper if it breaks nmclimbo
Nov 24, 2001 7:15 AM