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campy ergo levers/ 10 and cross???(10 posts)

campy ergo levers/ 10 and cross???buffalosorrow
Feb 23, 2003 2:40 PM
Can both the right hand and left lever operate the rear derailleur? Or are they front and rear mech specific?

Reason being, say I were to upgrade a singlespeed and campy 8 to campy 9/10 with a single chain ring on each. Cuts down on the lever cost. (I have a pair of campy record brake levers on the SS) My intentions are to have two race ready bikes for the up comming season...

Second, whats the deal with campy 10 and cross conditions, thumbs up or down... yay or nay?
re: campy ergo levers/ 10 and cross???weiwentg
Feb 23, 2003 4:00 PM
here's my take. I've never tried what you're suggesting. but the left lever does not have enough clicks to get to 10 rings, or even 9. I would suspect that the cable pull is different, too. you could ask Branford Bike on that.
as for Campy 10 and cross, Lonefrontranger the Cross Goddess gives her divine seal of approval :) as I recall, she had no problems with Centaur 10s in Colorado's conditions. I recall that means fairly muddy.
good luck!
Front RangeDan Q
Feb 24, 2003 8:23 AM
Actually the Colorado front range means dry and dusty from about Mid April to Early Jan. Other than that it is hit or miss with the majority of days being dry. You need to ask someone in the NW if you want opinions on muddy performance.
dry and dusty 80% of the time, the other 20% is really badlonefrontranger
Feb 24, 2003 8:58 AM
Yes, it is dry in Colorado *most* of the winter. However all it takes is a trace of precipitation to turn our dust into the godawfulest adobe muck you've ever seen. All it takes to goop things up is for the sun to come out after a light snow, which is a typical pattern. The light loamy soil of the Pacific NW has NOTHING on this stuff, believe me. It's even worse than Midwestern clay. The Native Americans and Spanish built houses out of it, remember? It turns into concrete when it dries, which is quickly owing to the relative humidity out here.

I've done one extremely muddy/sandy/snowy 'cross race and at least a half-dozen really mucky rides on the Campag 10. In the muddy race, I was one of the few who still had a fully functional drivetrain; all 20 gears worked as well as ever. As far as the mud rides, I've not experienced chain skip, derailleur hesitation or shifter lockup yet, even when the bike itself was so clogged with squirrel's nests of adobe and tumbleweeds it ground to a halt.
Feb 24, 2003 8:25 PM
yes, those loam lovers have no idea what hell the mud is in the west. Here in So-Cal it's sandstone adobe which means it's dry talc powder on round rock and hardpack 85% of the time and the time when it's wet, well we call it 30 foot dirt.
You get about 30 feet before your wheels clog, your brake and stays fill and your tires have a 2" mud-tread. Mud on Mud = slip slide and fall. Usually spend those days doing 90 percent portage 10% riding. at least until your shoes have the same 2" layer, then you fall while walking. How I miss the 'ego-dirt' of NorCal and the Pac Northwest.
glad to hear the 10 works well. I'm MR Luddite, quite happy with 8.
powdered toast anyone?atpjunkie
Feb 24, 2003 8:27 PM
for reference
and don't forget your laundryatpjunkie
Feb 24, 2003 8:29 PM
we have real nice washboard
re: campy ergo levers/ 10 and cross???cxer
Feb 23, 2003 9:07 PM
No, the levers are not interchangeble. They are front/rear specific.

10 speed and cross is ok. The U-23 World Champion from Italy rode a Pinarello Record 10 bike. Considering that 10 speed will become standard with Shimano going 10 next year, eventually all cross bikes will be 10 speed.
re: campy ergo levers/ 10 and cross???mackgoo
Feb 23, 2003 10:46 PM
Actually it may work. If you got the 10sp ratchet and put it in. I don't know for sure but it does seem possible. I do agree Branford would be able to answer definitavely. You could call Campy too. One thing it still would be a left hand lever, but that wouldn't be too bad getting used to.
that's an idea, butweiwentg
Feb 24, 2003 7:18 AM
I have a feeling the ratchet could be side-specific, that is, it will only fit into a right ergo lever. maybe if you flip it ... sorry to be so negative, but I just don't think Campy had this sort of thing in mind.