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Originally Posted by PVFD304
Mine is a Veloce. It is a 1998 model. Harris emailed me and said it would not fit.
They're wrong on the cog fitting your freehub unless you're having some confusion involving the "9" key on your keyboard.
Your original post says "9 speed." If that should have been "8 speed" the cog won't fit.
This post says "1998" at which time Veloce was 9 speed (Mirage/Avanti were not). If that should have been "1997" the cog wouldn't fit because only Record/Chorus made the transition.
Obviously, the substitution won't be possible on Chorus/Record Mk II cassettes that have the last 2-3 cogs on an alloy carrier although I don't think you have a Campagnolo cassette where the options probably lack 11-25 9 speed with the options being 11-21, 11-23, 12-21, 12-23, 13-23, 13-26, and 13-28.
I was hoping for a quick was to help lower my gearing for hill climbing. Sounds a lot cheaper option than a compact crank.
Personally I'd scavenge parts off E-bay (derailleurs and crankset which are inexpensive due to people preferring compact cranks. Your left ergo lever will run a triple using 7 out of the 12 possible clicks) and run triple (I used 50-40-30x13-14-15-16-17-18-19-21 in the 8 speed era living in the Colorado Rockies.). I've even seen NOS Record Triple cranks that are prettier than a 28 cog for around $100 Buy-It-Now.
30x25 is like 39x33, you'll still have a 39 - 42 ring for cruising on flat ground, and you'll retain the same cog spacing. If you still need to go lower you can use a granny ring down to a 24 although a chain catcher would be prudent.
Last edited by Drew Eckhardt; 08-17-11 at 03:35 PM.