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Drivetrain noise/shifting smoothness Campy Record/Chorus 9(6 posts)

Drivetrain noise/shifting smoothness Campy Record/Chorus 9Peleton Pursuer
Aug 18, 2001 5:28 AM
Does anyone have any real life experiences with Campy Chorus 9 for 2000 or 2001 as well as record 9 speed drives. I'm looking into whether I should go with an Ultegra/Dura Ace mix or a Chorus/Record mix. It seems that even the Campy enthusiasts say that Campy is very durable, looks great and parts are replaceable, however they also seem to agree that the Campy drivetrain is noisy compared to Shimanos, does not shift as smoothly as Dura Ace and can often be finicky requiring almost constant adjustments to keeps the drivetrain running smoothly. Any opinions on the subject would be much appreciated. PS - is Record 9 speed smoother shifting versus Chorus 9

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ChoicesKerry Irons
Aug 19, 2001 5:11 PM
Without turning this into a C/S debate, here are a few observations:

1) I doubt you can tell much difference in the shifting or noise levels of a properly set up Ultegra/DA/Record/Chorus group. Your lube choice/chain maintenance will probably have more effect on noise than group choice. Probably the same for shifting performance.

2) Many people suggest that the fit of your hands on the shifters and your preference on shifting action (thumb lever vs. brake lever) should be the primary factor in making your choice. IOW, if it shifts great but fits your hands poorly, you won't like it. BTW, Campy does have the advantage of being able to shift while on the drops.

3) Obviously, any data on durability applies to older groups, as no one has worn out this year's stuff yet (I hope!). Ultegra had a reputation for rattling shift levers - don't know if that's been fixed. For reference, my 98 Record group has about 33K miles on it and is still going strong (obviously have replaced chains and cogs, but nothing else).

4) Shifting differences between Chorus/Record or DA/Ultegra would be small. Mostly you get more durability and lighter weight with the higher groups. However, most people run Chorus cogs, since the Ti Record cogs (ANY Ti cogs!!!) wear fast and are quite expensive.
Aug 20, 2001 7:10 AM

Since when? I have ridden DA shifters since the year they were introduced and have always felt perfectly comfortable shifting from the drops, especially while sprinting. Are you referring to combining Shimano shifters and anatomic bend bars? I might see that causing a problem; I still cling to my old Cinelli 66 bars have never been bothered.
Drop shiftingKerry Irons
Aug 20, 2001 5:06 PM
I've not ridden Shimano, so am just going based on what I've heard and seen. The folks I ride with all "go to the hoods" to shift their Shimano. Sorry if I got this wrong.
Drop shiftingpmannion
Aug 21, 2001 11:46 AM
I find I actually HATE shifting the DuraAce rear derailler from the drops. I dislike the amount of concentration I must divert to making sure the shift happens the way I want it to. However, even in crits, I spend a lot of time on the hoods anyway, and I love the shifting from up there. I've not tried Campy.

I also find that switching from the small ring to the big, involves quite a big "shove" of the lever as well. I spend more time making this shift than I'd like.
Stop following me! :) (nm)peloton
Aug 19, 2001 5:48 PM