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Centaur or Chorus??(6 posts)

Centaur or Chorus??PDXSUX
Nov 3, 2002 7:43 PM
I'm building up a new road bike and am trying to decide between Centaur and Chorus. Is Chorus worth the extra $200-$250 dollars. I will not be using the hubs from either group since I already have a nice wheelset. If I go with the Centaur is there any part that I should upgrade with the money that I have saved?

Nov 3, 2002 8:58 PM
Go with Chorus, best $200 (or so) you'll ever spend. Chorus' finish, durability, and "feel" is significantly better IMO.
re: Centaur or Chorus??Breakfast
Nov 3, 2002 9:44 PM
The only really important part to upgrade on Centaur is the crankset. Going up to a Chorus crankset and bottom bracket is the best cost efficient upgrade. Figure about $65 or so more than Centaur.
Think about gearing as you make your decision . . .Look381i
Nov 4, 2002 3:20 AM
The Centaur rear der will handle the full range of Campy cassettes, up to the 13-29. You'd have to opt for the medium cage Chorus (or Record) to accomplish that.

Also, IIRC Chorus shifters use ball bearings instead of the Centaur bushings. Feel may slightly differ and durability should improve. I've got about 10k miles on a year 2000 pair of Chorus shifters. Other than a broken cable, they have worked, and still work, great. I don't know what the life expectancy is before a rebuild.
Not much differenceLeroy
Nov 4, 2002 8:45 AM
in function, in my experience. I have both. The Chorus and Centaur shifters feel different, but both feel good to me. Chorus has more of a fluid feel; Centaur, more of a snap. I frankly like them both. They all wear in and get better with age. Look at the Campagnolo web page and check the weights and you will see there is little real weight difference between the groups. You can make the weights almost equal by substituting the centaur ac-h bottombracket with a titanium phil wood. I substituted the centaur brakes with black mavics, too; lighter and better working than either cho. or cen. brakes IMHO.

If expense has anything to do with it, Centaur will function like record. Go with Centaur. If you want to impress your mates, go up the food chain for chorus or record. As the groups go up they all have the steak, the extra money just adds more sizzle, and appearance.
re: Centaur or Chorus??teoteoteo
Nov 4, 2002 1:43 PM
Go to and use their road kit calculator...a seriously cool tool when trying to figure weight and cost differential.

In my book I'd go all Chorus at worst Chorus Shifters, BB, and Rear Der. with the rest being Centaur