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Shimano v. Campy Durability(5 posts)

Shimano v. Campy Durabilityelviento
Jul 4, 2002 8:03 AM
Many people say that Campy is much more durable than Shimano (break in v. break down, etc.). I am just wondering if anyone has personally used both groups, DA and Record, long enough to tell the difference in durability. I just can't imagine Shimano using much softer alloys for cassettes, chains, etc.
dependsishmael
Jul 4, 2002 7:58 PM
the campy gear shifter are easier to repair but my experience has been the ten speed drive-train is not as durable. I wish i got nine (it comes in record also)
re: Shimano v. Campy Durabilityseamus
Jul 4, 2002 10:04 PM
It's all about maintenance. Take care of your stuff, Shimano or Campy, and it should hold up.

I've got four years on a Campy Record 9 group (used with a Shimano 9s cassette, and it works fine) and I've done zero maintenance. Stuff just goes and goes, with a few chain and cable swaps.

I've also got a Record 10 group, and no problems, just get yourself the campy chain tool and stock up on chains, cause not all shops keep 'em.

I run Shimano Ultegra on my cross bikes. No problems there either.

I prefer the Campy on the road for the ergonomics of the brake hoods, and the multiple downshift possibility...I like dropping 4 cogs at once and attacking, and Campy makes this easier. BUT...Shimano's hollowtech crank and octalink crank is definitely a lighter, stiffer and stronger setup that I wish Campy would copy.

S
You don't need that silly Campy chain toolPecos
Jul 5, 2002 11:00 AM
A small "C" clamp works just fine. I have put together plenty of Campy Peremalinks with one.
permalinksishmael
Jul 5, 2002 11:16 AM
If anything is the weak link in campy's stock it's this. I heard they came out with a new design that doesnt break as often. Ive broken two and now use a superlink that attaches without a tool.