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Shimano Splined BB and Campy and wheel choices(3 posts)

Shimano Splined BB and Campy and wheel choicesBikeMander
Feb 27, 2002 7:55 PM
What if any are the real advantages of the Shimano Splined bottom bracket over the Campy design? Also, it does seem that Shimano has a lot more wheel choices than Campy including really nice hubs like Chris kings. Should these be major deciding factors in choosing between Shimano and Campy drives?
re: Shimano Splined BB and Campy and wheel choicesweiwentg
Feb 27, 2002 9:30 PM
splined BB = greater contact area = stiffer setup. also, Shimano cranks are hollow, which means they're lighter than all but carbon cranks.
yes, most wheels are compatible with Shimano cassettes and not Campy, but if you're hell-bent on Campy there are Campy-spaced cassettes that fit onto Shimano hubs. American Classic and Wheels Mfg have them, I think.
re: Shimano Splined BB and Campy and wheel choicesfuzzybunnies
Feb 27, 2002 9:31 PM
The advantage to the shimano splined bb is that they can make it lighter by hollowing the spindle out while keeping is safe and stiff while having more contact area between the crank and bb. That said the only time I've had a campy crank come off is while pedaling around the block to get the crank arm off since I lost my crank puller. As for the wheels a lot of companies are comeing out with campy compatible wheels(rolf, spinergy, mavic) and there are cassettes available that allow shimano compatible wheels to be used with campy. Russ