OK, you wrenches, help me out here. I have been under the impression that Campy and Shimano components were incompatible. That is Campy chainwheels with Shimano cassette. Forget shifters, derailleurs, and cog spacing for a minute. It was my understanding that the tooth configurations were different. However, on its website, Chicagoland,
says the following:
Shimano wheels are compatible with Shimano 8 and 9 speed cassettes. If you attempt to install a Campagnolo cassette, it will not work. They are incompatible. If you have a Campagnolo 9 speed drivetrain, you need to use a Dura Ace/Ultegra/105 cassette with a Shimano chain. These wheels are not compatible with Campagnolo 10 speed.
Another website, Wheels Manufacturing, also describes Dura Ace and Ultegra cassettes that have been reconfigured (presumably just re-spaced) to work on Shimano hubs with Campy shifters/ders.
Does this mean that you CAN use a Shimano cassette and chain (and, presumably, SRAM) with a Campy crank?
This interests me because I toy with changing my old Bianchi over to Campy. It has downtube shifters with friction option. If I can use a Shimano cassette, it would not cost too much (relatively speaking) to switch the crank, bb, and rear der. I could ride it with the downtube shifters for a while and save up the nickels to replace the shifters, etc.. piecemeal.
I won't be racing this bike or anything. I'm just thinking that if I am going to upgrade, I would like to do it with Campy if I can do it a bit at a time. Eventually, I would probably return this bike to original configuration and put the Campy components on another bike.
Confused as usual,