Road bike part compatibility.
I'm in the process ov building my first road bike. I have a 1986 Peugeot Triathlon frame that was recently painted and clear-coated by a friend and fellow painter. I really wanted to fit this bike with Campagnolo hardware but I'm running into a problem, I'll try and keep this as succinct as I can:
My rear cassette is an 8-speed, 12-25, Campagnolo exa-drive. I have a 2009 Campagnolo Centaur 10-speed rear derailleur. When it came time for me to find a set ov shifting levers, I asked my LBS about a set ov Campagnolo 10-speed brifters. What I was told was "a campy ten speed rear derailleur HAS to have a campy ten speed cassette." Apparently this would require a new hub, cassette, and wheel which would cost considerably more than I wanted to spend since I already have a nice Ambrosio rear wheel with a campy hub.
Long story short: I was told that you can't cut corners with Campagnolo hardware and that I'd be better off with Shimano.
I'm really feeling quite stupid right now because I always figured that I could adjust the high/low point on the rear derailleur to work with an 8-speed cassette but apparently that wouldn't work.
Should I just ditch the campy hardware and go with Shimano? If I did this, what should I keep?
I have a Campagnolo Veloce crankset that I'm sure wouldn't have any issues with Shimano parts. Basically, I want a nice/affordable set-up but I realize those two words don't seem to really go together when it comes to road bikes.
Anyway, sorry for the long-winded question. I'm sure the answer(s) is/are much shorter.