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Chorus and Record: how different are they?(6 posts)

Chorus and Record: how different are they?Brent Hilgefort
Aug 22, 2001 5:23 PM
Is there really that much of a difference between Chorus and Record to justify the price gap? How does Chorus compare to DuraAce?

mainly weight...C-40
Aug 22, 2001 6:45 PM
There is nothing different about Record components that would add to their durability. The Record Ti cogs won't last as long as steel. The differences are mostly weight saving measures through the use of Ti and carbon fiber parts to replace steel and aluminum. The Record crank design may be a little more rigid.

If you're after value, Chorus will deliver identical performance to Record at a substantially lower cost.

Chorus will weigh in a few ounces heavier than DuraAce, but it's cheaper, and has 10 speeds. IMO, Campy ergo levers perform better than Shimano levers and they are repairable. Shimano levers are usually trashed when they malfunction, and they aren't cheaper than campy levers. The ergo levers take more effort to route the cables under the bar tape, but the clean look is worth it to me. I always route both cables along the front of the bars and place foam padding beside the shift cable that runs under the palm, to enhance comfort.

The DuraAce bottom bracket has been given a lot of bad reviews for durability and difficulty of installation. Many shimano users switch to the cheaper Ultegra BB after the first failure, because they are easy to install and cheap to replace.
Weight diffs do to cf and ti components...Cima Coppi
Aug 22, 2001 6:50 PM
The primary difference between Record and Chorus is that Record uses carbon fibre and titanium to further reduce the weight of the individual components and therefore the entire group. You can go to campy's website to get the exact stats on the groups to see how their weights compair.

As far as reliability, they are both equal. Both groups use the same technology to allow for smooth shifting, quick braking, and campy's legendary super smooth/fast bearings and races. Both groups are also cross compatible if you want to mix/match components.

As far as the comparison between D/A and Chorus, the D/A group is significantly lighter for nearly the same cost as Chorus. D/A is an excellent group that is a direct rival to Record. If the consideration is to choose Chorus or D/A, the choice of D/A is the way to go.

Good luck,

Weight diffs do to cf and ti components...TiDie
Aug 23, 2001 5:50 AM
I have Chorus on one bike and Record on another. Personally I much prefer the feel of the Record Carbon levers. There is also the option for the differential brakes for Record (less clamping force for the rear brake), other than that it's mostly just a weight difference. Your best value is to go with the Record ergo shifters and the rest Chorus.
Weight diffs do to cf and ti components...Cliff Oates
Aug 23, 2001 8:31 AM
Funny, I prefer the feel of the Chorus aluminum shifters. I guess everyone is different, eh? BTW, 2001 Chorus brakes are also available with the rear single pivot.
visit slowtwitch.comkenyee
Aug 23, 2001 6:28 AM
They have a review of Chorus vs. DA and also mention Record and whether it's worth it.
I thought it was a very balanced review.

As for Chorus vs. DA, I think the diff is only in part you use (the levers are very different). They're both excellent otherwise.