I currently have Shimano 9sp 105 brifters/hubs&FD. I have XT RD & LX 11-32 cassette. I have tried personally and had the shop try to get my FD to work well and can't get it to go. Currently I can use the small and middle rings but can only use the 2 smallest cogs with the Large ring. I figure if I can't do it and they experienced guy at the shop can't do it I'll never get it to my satisfaction. The cure to this (per the shop guy and my own experience is to switch to campy ergos or bar end shifters. Let me just say I don't like bar end shifters (too bad it would be much less expensive) so that leaves the ergos. The shop guy said this would mean new wheel (or rebuilding current wheel with a campy hub), new cassette and a new RD in addition to the shifters, but I'm aware of the JTEK shiftmate that lets me only buy new cables & the brifters (which may include the cable set) & the $40 shfitmate.
So, here's the ultimate question (given I'm keeping the XT RD, and Shimano cassette/hub):
Do I get 9 or 10 speed campy ergos? I'm inclined to get 9 speed since then I'm working 9 with 9, but I want to know from others if 9 sp campy shifters w/ 9sp shimano works better/worse/same as 10sp campy shifters w / 9 sp shimano RD cassette.
I also want to know which level of Campy has the least amount of plastic in the shifters? WI can get cold and I plan to ride this bike in winter. I've had bad luck with plastic. I'm debating between Chorus ($270) & Veloce ($200).