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Old 06-27-06, 03:16 AM   #1
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Shimano and campagnolo compatibility

I want to switch to 10S and I'm thinking on a pair of Campy centaur shifters, since I've been told they perform better than the ultegra ones.

The problem is that I'm riding now shimano's 105 9s.

Could it be possible to install de folowing combination?

Campy 10s shifters
Shimano 10s cassete
My actual 105 derailleur

I guess I'll have to change the chain also.

I don't know much about mechanics, but I suposse the derailleur is just a "silly" piece which obeys the tension given by the shifters, so there should be no problem, am I right?

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Old 06-27-06, 03:49 AM   #2
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This is always a can of worms. Some say no problem, others say more hassle than it's worth. Personally, I would go all Campy or Shimano, no mixing. If you like Campy brifters I suggest using an entire Veloce group. It is much better than your present 105 but not quite up to Ultegra. Price wise it is somewhere between 105 and Ultegra. GVH.com usually has the entire build kit for an excellent price. Either way you go, good luck.

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If your rear derailleur is in good condition, you could do what you propose by adding a J-Tek Shiftmate to make the Campy brifters work properly with Shimano 10-speed cassette/rear der. They may work together with out any adapters but the shifting is often less than perfect. In fact, there is a Shiftmate model that would allow you to use the Campy 10-speed shifters with a Shimano 9-speed cassette and your current rear der so that would reduce the cost to just the brifters and a $35 Shiftmate.

Note to cs1: If sbellidog were starting from scratch, I would also recommend going all-Campy. However, the conversion gets quite pricy if you have to add a new Campy-compatible rear wheel to the equation.
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That's the point HillRider, going all-campy requires to change my rear wheel... and that's everything but cheap.

What about using a Campy derailleur? A Campy der+Campy shiftlers are cheaper than a Ultegra shifter (at least here in Spain) With this option the possible "incompatibility" could come only from using a campy derailleur with a Shimano cassette... or do we have the same problem?

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You could get an American Classic or Wheels Mfg cassette that is Campy spaced but fits on a Shimano compatible wheel.
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What about using a Campy derailleur? A Campy der+Campy shiftlers are cheaper than a Ultegra shifter (at least here in Spain) With this option the possible "incompatibility" could come only from using a campy derailleur with a Shimano cassette... or do we have the same problem?

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The incompatibility would be less but the cassettes aren't spaced the same and shifting could be a bit rough or imprecise. Again, J-Tek makes a Shiftmate that handles this situation too.
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