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Honest Campy question ...(14 posts)

Honest Campy question ...Uprwstsdr
Oct 31, 2002 1:39 PM
I had always aspired to Campy, for all the usual reasons. My bike came fully equiped with DA. I was ever so slightly dissapointed, particurlarly as it is an Italian frame. However, I easily reasoned that if it's good enough for Lance, it is more than fine for me. My wife also, bought a used bike, hers is Campy equiped (Mirage, I think). While riding with her I couldn't get over the fact that her freewheel clicked. I found this a bit annoying. I realized how much I appreciate silence while I am riding. So the question is, why does Campy click?
re: To remind us that we have something special? nmdzrider
Oct 31, 2002 1:47 PM
You think Campy hubs are loud?No_sprint
Oct 31, 2002 2:01 PM
Throw a Phil Wood hub on whatever wheel you're using in back.
Is the hub Campy?Look381i
Oct 31, 2002 2:02 PM
The clicking I assume you refer to comes from the pawls in the freehub. All wheels that I know click to some degree. Freehubs are usually designed for Campy or for Shimano cassettes, but they are not necessarily made by either. The noisiest freehub I have ever heard was on a Rolf Vector Pro. I think it was a Vector Pro freehub that awakened the ghouls in Night of the Living Dead.

My Campy Eurus and Mavic Ksyriums are different in tone but comparable in volume, and not nearly as loud as the Rolf. In any event, different pawl and hub designs seem to produce different click sounds. Perhaps there is some correlation to efficiency or durability, but others will have to provide those data. I suspect that wear might quiet some hubs, so that the older they get the quieter they become.
I assumed (i know, never assume) the hub is campy, I'll checkUprwstsdr
Oct 31, 2002 2:13 PM
It is definately from the pawls in the freehub. The hub, if it is Campy, is probably Mirage. Do higher end campy hubs produce the click sounds as well. I have to admit I am impressed by the silence of the DA hub. Also, I have been riding MTB's until recently, Specialized hubs on my current bike, I don't recall what my other bike had, also silent. This isn't really a big issue, there is simply a certain elegance to rolling along a remote country road in silence.
My Record hubs and silent...Iwannapodiumgirl
Oct 31, 2002 2:18 PM
and so are the hubs on my Neutrons. They are so silent in fact, sometimes I have to look down to check that the rear wheel is there?!?!
Maybe you never coast . . .Look381i
Oct 31, 2002 2:28 PM
I think your Record and Neutron pawl designs are the same as my that of my Eurus. I've only been on them for about 2500k so far. They are not especially noisy, but I hear them. Maybe they'll quiet down with age.
What's coasting?Iwannapodiumgirl
Oct 31, 2002 2:33 PM

The pawls are the same.

I have about 5000kms on my Record hubs, and about 200kms on my Neutrons (got them last week). Hopefully they will not get noisy!
Oct 31, 2002 2:54 PM
Look - you say you aspire to Campy but then go on to say how really you prefer the golden silence that is DA!
So why??? Yeah - Campy equipped bikes sound like freight trains!

Note the use of the past tense ...Uprwstsdr
Oct 31, 2002 3:10 PM
They both work exceptionally well. I doubt that anyone has excedeed the performance parameters of either companies mid to top level groups. I had aspired primarliy based on the aesthetic qualities of older Campy equipment, particularly their chainrings, Super Record I think, they were truely works of art. I am very happy with my DA equipment, and would not hesitate to outfit another bike with it or feel I was putting on an inferior product (I say this without any experience with Campy components). One funny thing though, my bike was equipped with DA throughout except for the front hub which is Campy.
Honest answer: The grease they are packed with is not too good..SnowBlind
Oct 31, 2002 3:44 PM
It lubs just fine, but it is kinda thin, and it makes the loud click.
Take it apart and lube it with Pedros or phil wood, it gets truely silent. So silent that pedaling is louder than freewheeling.
(At least the Record hubs were, the Veloce was still audible.)
I know of two LBS's that routinely perform this process when a new bike comes in equiped with Chorus or Record.
why does everyone hate noisy hubs?collinsc
Oct 31, 2002 4:53 PM
one of my fondest memories of the summer was ripping down this long descent at the early morning start of a hilly century, flying past people, the clamour of the Tune hub bouncing off the tunnel of trees, the helmets of sleepy riders, ringing out the proud announcement of my rapid approach.

oh yeah...that was f*ckin awesome.
why does everyone hate noisy hubs?koala
Oct 31, 2002 6:11 PM
I kinda like mine too, the faster they click the faster your going. Dont even have to look at the computer, I know when Im haulin arse...
to remind you to start pedaling.desmo
Oct 31, 2002 6:35 PM
hey Tony, no a coastin'. you a no winna a race by coastin', ah.