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Are Campy owners stuck up??(19 posts)

Are Campy owners stuck up??SLR
Jul 30, 2003 3:36 AM
I'm new to this road thing and it seems that everyone who owns Campy thinks it's the best thing since sliced bread. I have DA on my road and XTR on my MTB and although they work flawlessly I hear a lot of "but it's not as good as Campy". Last weekend a new guy road with our group and said, "I see all the ultegra guys, are there any Campy guys in the group". Who gives a $hit!! BTW he was the slowest guy in the group and headed home early. I know Campy makes great stuff but don't need to hear about it. If Shimano works for'll be good enough for me.
My .02, It's not about the bike!
Troll. (I ride Campagnolo, of course ;-) nmSpunout
Jul 30, 2003 4:18 AM
troll is right, but campy is bombproof...Pinarelloparis
Jul 30, 2003 4:39 AM far as i've been using it. don't make your name bad SLR if you're new (like me).u don't make friends trolling around.
Sorry if I affended anyone....SLR
Jul 31, 2003 12:12 AM
I didn't mean to sound so harsh...maybe I just had an isolated incident and was heated up at the moment. I don't want to make enemies on this site cause it's a great place to meet friends and get good info. BTW I would love to have a Campy Record groupo!!
We all share the same interests,
Have a great ride!
re: Are Campy owners stuck up??Mariowannabe
Jul 30, 2003 5:42 AM
It seems like YOU'RE the one obsessed about this. But since you asked:
Objective reasons:
10 is one more than 9, less cables, longevity (parts).
Subjective reasons: mistique (Italian), better hoods, finish & materials.

Both work great. Use what you want, ride what you want, and keep your eyes on your own bike.
better hoods?!?ET
Jul 30, 2003 11:17 AM
All I know is, in my one test ride on a Campy-equipped bike, the slightest braking caused my hands to keep slipping over those quaint, European, teensy, pointed hoods. This at slow speed, no less. This is just all I need when descending at 50 mph. Forget about stuck up; Shimano hoods are safer.
There's always a huge debate on thisJervis
Jul 30, 2003 5:46 AM
and it always amuses me. Both are exellent componentry groups. Neither company is going to sell defective parts if they can at all costs avoid it, so in summary people who give a damn what componentry set you're using should be ignored. Hell, I almost thought of getting Campy just because the shifters were black and would match my bike. It's not a case of culture or higher class to use something Italian, it's just different. To answer your question "Are Campy owners stuck up?", none I know are, but if you find one who is, just leave him/her in your wake.

yes we are stuck up (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 30, 2003 6:06 AM
Campy owners are proud ...Humma Hah
Jul 30, 2003 6:06 AM
... to own it, and it is a FUN name to say.

Cam-pee-NOOO-low ... with your best fake Italian accent. She-MAN-oh just doesn't have the same ring to it. But if you can say either one without gasping for air, you need to pedal harder.

When I started riding seriously, Shimano was all junk, we lusted after Campy, and settled for Suntour. It is hard for us old-timers to shake that. Nowadays, Shimano ranges from junk (the Acera gruppo on my Dimondback Sorrento) to world-class, TdF-winning hardware, and Campy ranges from world-class to OK entry level (Mirage).

I own a set of vintage Campy Pista cranks, on my vintage Paramount, and Shimano would be WRONG on that bike. I'm seriously considering adapting the cruiser's BB to my spare Mirage BB, and putting vintage C Pistas on it as well. I'm proud of them, but I know they're just another good brand, today.
do [product x] owners have an inferiority complex? ;-) nmDougSloan
Jul 30, 2003 6:13 AM
Listen, if you have to ask, maybe you just don't . . . deservebill
Jul 30, 2003 6:15 AM
to be one of us. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- it takes all kinds; it's okay.
If you are happy with what you have, we are happy that you are happy. And we are happy for you to keep some distance from our royal personages.
I am stuck up, to be sure, but I don't know about ALL Campagnolodjg
Jul 30, 2003 6:25 AM
owners. Personally, I think I'm just stuck up because I am--defective personality, perhaps genetic, perhaps traceable to some forgotten moment of perceived superiority in childhood. What are you going to do?

I don't think I'm stuck up because of the parts attached to my bicycle. I like them. They work. But parts is parts, as the chicken people say. Heck, I'm so stuck up that I think it's nuts to think that a few hundred bucks worth of consumer goods could make me feel even more superior than I already feel.
If it's not about the bike, why do you care? nmMXL02
Jul 30, 2003 6:26 AM
No, we're not stuck up, we're just better than you.Pack Meat
Jul 30, 2003 6:33 AM
Anybody who takes it all to seriously is either new or an idiot. It's a lot like the rivalry between Ford and Chevy, Pepsi and Coke, Burger King and McDonalds, they all make great products so it comes down to personal preference. With that said I've never heard anybody go from Campy to Shimano by choice and all those that go to Campy swear it is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
...Star Trek or Star Wars? Don't go there PM. nmSpunout
Jul 30, 2003 6:40 AM
Shimano - Campy - ShimanoBipedZed
Jul 30, 2003 6:54 AM
Yo PM, count me as someone who tried Campy Record 10 but went back to Shimano DA. Dura Ace is the only Shimano group I like over Campy.
Naaa, they just don't like you personally...nmasphalt assault
Jul 30, 2003 8:10 AM
Is it considered being "stuck-up" even if it's justifiable?Spoiler
Jul 30, 2003 4:11 PM
I always thought they were just being honest.
re: Are Campy owners stuck up??Welshboy
Jul 31, 2003 12:03 PM
No. Just smart.