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Two questions about Campy.(10 posts)

Two questions about Campy.inallston
Mar 13, 2003 11:50 AM
1. What manufacturer/s competed with Campy before Shimano?
2. Why, if Campy is considered to be better, do a number of pro teams use Shimano?
-I'm not trolling. I currently have Shimano and was considering getting Chorus 10 this year but with Shimano coming with it Dura-Ace 1? speed for 2004, I'm sure there's going to be good deals on Dura-Ace 9. I just wanted to know if anyone knew.
Thanks

Andrew
beforeDougSloan
Mar 13, 2003 1:48 PM
First, Shimano has been around a very long time. But, there was Mavic, Mafac, Simplex, Universal, Gippieme, Suntour, and more. Historically, Campy was always number 1 for racing, though.

Shimano sponsors teams and gives them product. The products are close enough in function that it won't affect the outcome of races, even if one is preferred over the other.

Doug
thanksinallston
Mar 13, 2003 2:12 PM
I didn't realize it was that many. I knew Mafac made canti brakes and the more I think about it I remember my sister had a ten speed w/Suntor cranks. Once again thanks for the info.

Andrew
sureDougSloan
Mar 13, 2003 2:25 PM
Some just made certain parts. Not sure which made whole groups.

Doug
you betdjg
Mar 13, 2003 5:09 PM
Galli, ofmega, omas, stronglight, sachs/huret--all sorts of stuff

Got campag on both my road bikes, but I have to admit that your line about Shimano sponsorship applies equally to Campagnolo. Pros ride it because it's their job and it works just fine.
And don't forget Zeus, Huret, Maillard, Normandy! (nm)Kerry
Mar 13, 2003 5:10 PM
stronglight, mavic, sachs, miche (nm)VoltesV
Mar 13, 2003 10:16 PM
SunTourWalter
Mar 13, 2003 6:16 PM
That was my personal fave. Somewhere in a box I've got a first generation Superbe rear derailleur that my parents gave me to upgrade a Motobecane I had bought in 1977 or 78. Bike is long gone but the derailleur is a treasured momento from my youth.

I don't think they got used much, if at all, at the pro level but many would agree that the Superbe Pro line was about as good as it got back in the friction days.
SunTourkoala
Mar 13, 2003 7:25 PM
There are those that think suntour superbe pro was as good as anything thats come after. Saw some of the superbe stuff for sale in a european mag. The rear derailleur on my cannondale was superbe while all my buddies rode campy. I gave up nothing to them in durability. I sold the bike and all the original drivetrain parts are still functional and as far as I know the guy still rides it with the original white first generation look pedals.
Still running Suntour Superbe Pro on myOldEdScott
Mar 14, 2003 6:53 AM
Miyata. It's at least as good as the Ultegra on my 'modern' bike, and I doubt the Uletgra will be working perfectly in 18 years!