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Old 01-31-09, 08:33 PM   #1
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Swapping clamp on a Campy f/d

I have a 35mm Campy f/d and I need a 32mm, can I just swap the clamp?
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Apparently so. Campy fd's allow switching clamp sizes and allow you to convert a clamp-on to a braze-on and the reverse.

Now, finding the replacement parts is another question and their cost may make buying an entire new derailleur a better option. Branford bike has an exploded view on their web site but doesn't seem to offer the required parts either: http://branfordbike.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=870
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What's possible and practical are not always the same. Campy spare parts are so expensive, that swapping clamps is not practical or cost effective.

The smartest choice is a braze-on FD with a clamp-on adapter. I consider the adapter to be part of the frame, so it will always accept a braze-on FD.
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What's possible and practical are not always the same. Campy spare parts are so expensive, that swapping clamps is not practical or cost effective.
I wish this quote could be attached to every thread and discussion where some Campy-phile defends his choice of components by saying; "But, you can get repair parts for Campy and keep them going forever".

About the only Campy components that are really serviceable in a practical sense these days are Ergo brifters and even they can be marginal for cost compared to replacement.
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I had a clamp on Record FD that I switched to braze on. I just bought a cheaper used derailler from ebay and switched the parts. Cost was about $20.
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