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    Campy Ergo levers & Shimano brakes?

    I'm building up a training ride from parts that have been kicking around in my garage for a few years. I've got most of the componentry, but will need to buy a brakeset and am watching ebay for a set.

    Is there any reason why I couldn't or shouldn't use Shimano 105 (or Ultegra or DA) brakes with Campy Ergo levers?. Apart from mongrelizing the bike, I can't think of any reason, except the possible problem of brake pad compatability between the brands.

    I know better than to mix Campy and Shimano drive train components.

    Any input is appreciated!
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    You can use Ergo with Shimano calipers but not STI with Campy calipers.
    Brake pads have no effect on compatibility.

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    Originally posted by RacerX
    You can use Ergo with Shimano calipers but not STI with Campy calipers.
    Brake pads have no effect on compatibility.
    Older school campy calipers had QR levers on them and it's possible to set pad clearance loose enough to use newer ones that don't,but that's personal preference.

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    Originally posted by roadster
    I know better than to mix Campy and Shimano drive train components.

    Any input is appreciated!
    If I am not mistaken, you can use any front derailleur with the Ergo levers since Campy is not truly an indexed system in the front. The rear der., however, is a different story. BTW, I am using an older Dura-Ace front derailleur with a Campy 30-40-50 Racing-Triple and Record-9 levers. I'm sure that neither Shimano or Camapagnolo would officially state that this should work, but it does for me.
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    Thanks much for the info!

    I'm guessing the reason STI levers and Campy calipers is a no-go is due to there then being no cable-release on either end, right?

    As to brake pad compatibility, I was thinking terms of Campy pads being mountable on Shimano calipers. This would only become a problem in the case of a few particular Campy wheels that work best with specific Campy pads.

    Thanks again!
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    But.......
    I know this sounds like a pain in the @$$, but you can get spacers for Shimano casettes that give you campagnolo spacing. I think the set cost something like $50, and, of course, you have to disassemble your shimano caseete completely first. Depending on the casette, this may require a drill, and a bit of time.
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    Originally posted by D*Alex
    But.......
    I know this sounds like a pain in the @$$, but you can get spacers for Shimano casettes that give you campagnolo spacing. I think the set cost something like $50, and, of course, you have to disassemble your shimano caseete completely first. Depending on the casette, this may require a drill, and a bit of time.
    Great info,but the question had to do with using Shimano levers with campy BRAKES.Issue being current campy calipers dont have QRs on them to provide clearance for removing the wheel with an inflated tire.Campy levers have the release in the lever. Shmano levers don't have such a thing.The fog clearer?

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