Campy brake/shifters Question

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  1. Maui Mike

    Maui Mike New Member

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    Just wondering if you can use Campy brakelever/shifters with Shimano derailers?
     
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  2. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

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    Not generally,because campy and shimano derailers have different throw ratios. Sometimes you get lucky and a mismatched combination will work because it's 'close enough'. Campy 10 shifters will work well with an otherwise shimano 9 drivetrain,by using an alternate cable mount at the RD, that alters the throw ratio. There are other similar mixes that work.
     
  3. gubaguba

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    Yeah I have heard the same. Campy levers work best with their stuff. I have used a Shimano wheel and cassette with Campy shifters and derailuers though.
     
  4. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

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    That's because the cog spacing tho not the same is close enough that it works pretty well.
     
  5. sfcommuter

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    Sorry, meant to add a few words to describe the link I posted. It lists various methods for mixing campy brifters with Shimano, including using a special adapter (Veloparts) that from what I've heard works pretty well to allow ERGO brifters to shift a Shimano RD. Other methods in the doc as well...

    http://www.hearingoffice.com/download/hearing/10_Speed_Conversion_screen.pdf
     
  6. fushman

    fushman New Member

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    or you could just use the right stuff no?
     
  7. drewjc

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    u should never really have any problems with the front derailleur obviously as there is no real indexing on these (it may be the same throw ratio anyway) but i think with the rear you are just better off using the right stuff to start with. saves a lot of hassles.
     
  8. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

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    Campy levers will work with alot of FD because of the way the shifters work.Shimanos indexed front shifter is alot pickier,especially with a triple and even to a degree with a double.I have alot of shimano FDs that 'should work' with a shimano STI front,but don't, because of incompatible arm length or throw ratio.
     
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