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Old 10-02-06, 01:50 PM   #1
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28.6 Campagnolo F. Derailleur adapter clamps?

Since it appears that Campagnolo (along with just about every other maker out there) has given up completely on making front derailleurs for the classic 28.6 (1") tube size I am left with one of two options:

1) When I have my frame painted have them add a braze-on for a braze-on derailleur ($30 charge)
pluses: will be able to use any braze on derailleur easily. no need for adapter for the new style derailleur. won't screw up the paint with a clamp.
negatives: won't be able to go back to an older clamp derailleur in future if I rebuild with period parts.

2) Find a good looking derailleur adapter clamp.
pluses: won't lock me into braze-on style derailleurs on this frame.
negatives: haven't found one yet I wouldn't mind clamping to my Gazelle after it gets a fresh coat of paint and start installing a Campy Chorus 10sp group on it.

I've looked at the clamp on adapters that Nashbar carries (at least they've got them in silver, but yuck-o cheap-o looking still). And I saw one at biketiresdirect.com (I think it was them) that looked like a small step up. And I saw the Campagnolo ones, which started at like 30.x something like that. ie: bigger than my tube.

Opinions, options I've over looked?
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I bought a Nashbar adapter clamp a while ago just on a whim because they were on sale for $4 and I wanted an extra in the parts box.

Granted, it isn't quite as shiny as the Shimano or Campy adapter clamps but it certainly doesn't look bad and who is going to spend time looking at it anyway?
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Much of the Campy stuff is interchangeable. I found an older design (but new in-the-box) front derailleur with a 28.6mm clamp for $2 on eBay, and swapped the clamp with that on a brand new mechanism (32mm); it required a bit of patience and technique, but I now have a brand new front mechanism with a NIB 28.6mm clamp. I think that "braze-ons" to be the ugliest of things!

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PS: an alternative is to use a shim, but IMHO it makes it look ugly (but not as ugly as a braze-on )
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Going to be using the new QS front derailleur matched with the QS shifters. Thus, would like to keep the matching set of QS for the new shorter throw. Shim would be ugly yes, and as it is the derailleur will be a braze-on style. Surely campy has made the adapters in years past in a 28.6 yes? Perhaps I should start calling up shops to see if they may have one stashed away.

Persistance pays off - found a 28.6 adapter clamp made by Campagnolo. Record level too.

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@#*% @#*%( *@#!!# I got what I thought would be my 28.6 adapter clamp in today. First off, its not the adapter clamp, and second, I have no idea WHAT it is. The invice from cambria bike says it is some sort of "insert" from Campagnolo... it's a tiny piece of plastic that is supposed to be for Record/Chorus 28.6 derailleurs... ??? Odd. Guess it'll be going back and I'm back to square one. Will Davis's idea may need some looking into.
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Pics?

I just took a quick look on eBay…

Here's one similar to the one I bought. There are others.

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Wil, here's what I recieved...





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Ok, I did a little research and realized what I have. It's the "anti friction" inserts that the Chorus and Record front derailleurs use. Now this makes me a little pissed. What I bought was a 28.6 derailler ADAPTER. How does that translate to INSERT? Uhhhg. Wil, I think I'm going to pick up one of those derailleurs on ebay and swap the clamps. Best of both worlds I suppose.
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