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Old 11-28-12, 05:28 AM   #1
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Mixing Brands

So I have a Torelli Bike I'm working on, and it's a Campy groupset, but I was a little curious. Can I mix some Shimano Components with Campagnolo, ie: brifters, derailleurs.. Just Curious...

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Old 11-28-12, 06:28 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Joe.

In general, no. There are gadgets that will allow some compatibility and those more knowledgeable will reply. Can you be more specific?

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Mixing Shimano with Campagnolo is against the law
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If it is a friction shift bike you can. If it as an index shift bike no you can't mix the drive train components. Roger
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You can mix Campy shifters with Shimano derailleurs and cassettes in certain combinations. Probably not what you want to do but heres a link on it if you're interested. http://www.ctc.org.uk/cyclists-libra...gears/shimergo
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If it as an index shift bike no you can't mix the drive train components.
That's not quite accurate. Depending on what you want to "mix", there are ways to do it well. I have one bike with Campy 10-speed brifters and a Campy 10-speed triple fd but the rd and crank are 9-speed era Shimano Ultegra and the cassette and chain are 10-speed Shimano. Using the proper Jtek Shiftmate, it shifts perfectly, certainly as well as my other bike which is 10-speed all-Campy Chorus.

What specifically did you have in mind?
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Mixing Shimano with Campagnolo is against the law
Contrary to popular belief, your bike will not spontaneously combust if you do this. You do typically need something to make them play nice together though. I do get a lot of funny looks and comments though since I have Campy wheels (with Shimano freehub) on my otherwise Shimano equipped bike. On my other bike, I get away with old style Campy 9 speed shifters and derailleurs with a 9 speed Shimano cassette though it isn't perfect.
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The Brifter is the issue, if the shift lever is simple friction, many things can be combined.
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Thanks for the replies. I have no intension of mixing brands. Just curious. I've noticed Shimano seems to be more reasonably priced than Campagnolo. I'm already commited to Campy, so I was just curious...

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Thanks for the replies. I have no intension of mixing brands. Just curious. I've noticed Shimano seems to be more reasonably priced than Campagnolo. I'm already commited to Campy, so I was just curious...
Campy groups have always been more expensive than the equivalent level Shimano components (assuming you accept that any Shimano component is ever equal to a Campy component.). It's the price you pay for the name and exclusivity and, in in few cases like brifters, for a better design. If you want to stick with Campy, bring deep pockets.
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Both of my current bikes are set up with:
  • Campag 10s Centaur levers/shifters
  • Campag 10s front derailleurs
  • KMC 9s chains
  • SRAM 9s cassettes
  • daVinci/SRAM rear derailleurs
The rear derailleurs are specially modified by daVinci, but there are lots of Campag/Shimano/SRAM combos that work fine with off-the-shelf parts.
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... If you want to stick with Campy, bring deep pockets.

Note that after buying a good Campy gruppo, there is no need for pockets, like on most bike shorts. No money left to fill them.:-)
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