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Anyone running Campy on their Cross BikesSprntr1
Dec 18, 2001 6:07 PM
I am building a new cross bike and just wondering what the advantages/disadvantages are with using campy since everyone (almost everyone) uses Shimano.

I am thinking of going with Campy Chorus 9spd shifters and rear der., with shimano wheels cranks and chain.

Is anyone running this setup?
re: Anyone running Campy on their Cross Bikesclimbo
Dec 18, 2001 6:30 PM
I run Campy wheels and derailleur with a single ring up front. I just prefer Campy but it works great. Why not run a Campy wheel too? You only need Shimano cranks if you can't get the chainring combo you need with TA chainrings or a single ring.

Advantage - it's Campy !!
re: Anyone running Campy on their Cross Bikesmackgoo
Dec 19, 2001 3:22 AM
As a certified Campyholic, I must say "may the ghost of Tullio puncture your tire at every turn";)
I will be running Chorus 9-speed on my CX bikeCima Coppi
Dec 19, 2001 7:16 AM
I'm currently in the process of buying the components for my CX bike, and I am commited to building it with Chorus 9-speed. I have done some research on this site, and the consensus is 10-speed is definitely not recommended due to the narrow spacing between the cogs. Mud can quickly render 10-speed shifting ineffective, but 9-speed is better.

In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with high-end Campy or Shimano. It really becomes a matter of preference, and I prefer Campy Ergo.

re: Anyone running Campy on their Cross Bikesdamon
Dec 19, 2001 4:07 PM
I am running a maslage of components on my Bianchi cross frame. Old mirage 8sp levers hooked up to a 7sp sachs freewheel on a set of old high flange record hubs. I like it. The setup is kind of chunky, but it works well and is reliable/strong.

Pros and cons of each:
Campy -
1) when brakes are applied, shifter isn't opened up to gobble in dirt.
2) in a crash brake levers can't swing out of the way
3) i think an ergo shifter/lever is a stronger and simpler component than STI
4) cables are a little more protected
5) ergopower seems to require more precise clicking (smaller lever movement) which can sometimes be an issue offroad
6) "friction" front shifting
Shimano -
1) levers will move in a crash
2) servicing cables is easier
3) relatively big swing gets you one gear - benefit for bumpy trails
4) wider aftermarket compatibiltiy
5) arguably shifts smoother
6) cheaper (good for something that gets thrashed on)
7) index front shifting

Basically, i am only running campy because i had that set in my parts box. Ergonomics is first issue, but the dirt contamination vs. levers that swing out of the way in a crash is also a valid set of differences to look at.

re: Anyone running Campy on their Cross Bikesflyweight
Dec 20, 2001 11:47 AM
I've got Campy Chorus shifters, Racing-T derailleurs and a TA Zephyr triple crank (the bike serves as 'cross, MTB and touring bike all in one) Everything works great. I have noticed the Campy levers pull more cable than Shimano which is nice when running a lower profile brake (I'm running XT cantis)
re: Anyone running Campy on their Cross Bikesmackgoo
Dec 21, 2001 3:12 AM
Will be soon. Getting everything together. Just got my Record OR canti's yesterday. Beauuutiful.
re: Anyone running Campy on their Cross Bikesbuffalosorrow
Dec 21, 2001 7:54 PM
I run chorus 8-spd old style ergo shifters, a daytona rear derailer, chorus hubs, chorus 8-spd casset campy moskva rims, and a sachs top pull front derailer. I have had no problems.
Dec 25, 2001 6:15 AM
campy chorus ergo 8spd w/ chorus rear der and shimano 105 front, raceface mtb cranks w/ 44/38 chainrings, wheels manf. spacer kit on shimano 105 rear hub on a redline frame. no disadvantages/problems that i can find.

re: Anyone running Campy on their Cross Bikeswamanning
Jan 3, 2002 1:16 PM
yessir. record 8spd ergo shifters and front changer. chorus rear changer. real hubset w/ shimano 8spd cassette & wheels conversion spacers. veloce cranks/bb. shimano lx cantis. gotta love it!