Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: AJAX not the soap, Canada
Bikes: 05 Specialized"Roubaix" Campy 10spd.
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Originally Posted by juicemouse
Kinda. You'll definitely need at least the SM-SC70 bracket/sensor unit ($75-85 online) for 10-speed levers, but I think the head unit you have will be compatible (not totally sure).
No reason you couldn't run Campy's ErgoBrain computer ($145-200 online) and Ergo levers with an otherwise Shimano drivetrain (and the ShiftMate). That would give you all the same functions as Flight Deck without tying you to Shimano. I do like Flight Deck's implementation better than ErgoBrain, especially the virtual cadence. But even though the Flight Deck is a really nice computer, I don't think any computer would influence my component selection much.
I received a PM-e-mail that confirms, YES a new 10spd. brkt./sensor is needed, and YES the #6501 head IS compatible with an upgraded 10spd. setup.
What I'm discovering as a relative newcomer, is all the permutations of Campy and Shimano combinations that are workable. The constraining issue is one that plagues many of us, CASH. With the exception of the ShiftMate route, most upgrade combos, whether partial or full, are costing out about the same, with Campy slightly lower. Along with my newly discovered appreciation of Campagnalo HW, the Vento wheelset is quite impressive over the Alex.
So, I've gotta decide whether to build/upgrade on the current Shimano platform or the Frankenbike mixed conversion to the Campagnola camp........and/or wait until part repair/replacement time.
Meanwhile, thank you all for the assistance with the steep learning curve.