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Campy - Shifting from the drops(13 posts)

Campy - Shifting from the dropsAbol98
Apr 30, 2002 6:14 AM
I always owned Shimano stuff but the next build-up is most likely going to have Chorus on it. Several of the bikes I test rode had Campy, and I really enjoyed the feel of the ergolevers - especially when braking. However, I've realized that I didn't try to shift from in the drops, using the 'thumb' lever that moves on the verticle. Granted, when I'm in the drops I'm usually pushing a big gear and not shifting much, but still... how much of an effort is it to use that lever while in the drops as opposed to on the hoods? I'm not a big dude and my hands are on smaller side (no wisecracks, punks)... I guess I could look for a good ergo bar to get my fingers closer to the lever as well. Any thoughts?
re: Campy - Shifting from the dropscurlybike
Apr 30, 2002 6:31 AM
I am a short guy with large palms a stubby fingers and I have no trouble shifting from the drops. The button works great. The position of the shifters on the bars should be checked before taping. Some people move them up or down to change the feel on their fingers for the lever shift. Some bars put the brake too far away, I found that the Deda 215 allows more finger to get to the brake.
No problems heregrandemamou
Apr 30, 2002 6:38 AM
and I have smaller hands. I actualy find it easier to shift with Campy in the drops but that may just be because I'm used to it. If you are used to Shimano it may take a little while to get the hang of it. But once your there you got it. You may need to play with the positioning of the levers to get them in the ideal spot.
and ANOTHER thing... why don't people use the Campy pedals?Abol98
Apr 30, 2002 7:21 AM
I have the option to include Chorus pro-fits in my groupset. Why don't you see these around more often? They're comparable to Look's in price, they're lighter and they use a relatively similar cleat system. I use Look's right now, but would consider these since I'm trying to be as light as possible... (not going Speedplay, though, I like having an actual pedal surface)
and ANOTHER thing... why don't people use the Campy pedals?grandemamou
Apr 30, 2002 7:33 AM
I don't use them because I have 3 bikes with Look pedals on them already. I don't want to buy 3 pairs of new pedals.
shifting and the pedalishmael
Apr 30, 2002 7:45 AM
shifting from the drops while out of the saddle is hard i think but others disagree...the pedals i had but traded for speedplay because my knee is slightly messed up and i thought it might help..the pedals were great, function as well as you could want, they had an easier disconnection than the speedplay which i think would be dangerous in a crash if i couldnt get out, both are great
don't discount speedplay...C-40
Apr 30, 2002 8:21 AM
The greatest thing since sliced bread. Although the pedal looks small, the cleat to shoe interface is quite large. These pedals are dual sided and very easy to get in and out of. They also place the foot significantly closer to the pedal spindle. This not only lowers the saddle up to 1cm, but also improves pedaling efficiency. I switched from LOOKs 3 years ago - wish I'd changed sooner.
I got your cleat to shoe interface right here...SnowBlind
Apr 30, 2002 9:31 AM
Actually, the worst thing about the Pro-Fits and Looks for that matter, is the single sided entry.
Speedplay or Coombs would solve that problem, no I just have to wait for the Pro-Fits to wear out. Gonna be a long wait...
re: Campy - Shifting from the dropstarwheel
Apr 30, 2002 7:46 AM
I've got two road bikes, one with Ultegra and the other with Chorus 10. I have no trouble shifting from the drops w/ Chorus, and find the levers/buttons are actually easier to reach than with Ultegra. However, my Chorus bike also has a Ritchey WCS bar, which is relatively short reach and drop. I highly recommend the WCS bar, or the Pro version, which is the same shape except a little heavier but less expensive.

As far as Campy pedals go, I haven't used them, but got Looks because they are less expensive (and frequently on sale) and I've heard the Campy cleats are very expensive and Kool Kaps don't fit them to protect the cleats.
re: Campy - Shifting from the dropsIcefrk13
Apr 30, 2002 1:44 PM
I have the campy pro-fits .. the plastic replacement cleat is only 12.00 at Colorado Cyclist and teh Kool Kaps do fit them. I love mine. The expensive part of the cleats would be the metal piece but that should not sear out for a very long time.
re: Campy - Shifting from the dropsjc66502
Apr 30, 2002 4:53 PM
I've got medium size hands and I've been shifting from the drops for thousands of miles. No problems what so ever. I think Campy is much more intuitive -- one lever upshifts, one lever downshift. Not a major difference, I know. But I prefer the Campy style.
I digress...lnin0
Apr 30, 2002 6:04 PM
but you said it brother -- CAMPY STYLE!
re: Campy - Shifting from the dropsmackgoo
May 1, 2002 10:27 AM
Never had a problem.