Is Campy 8 speed lever/shifter body repairable?
I had a bit of a crash and broke the small section of my campy 8 speed record body. The levers and mechanical part of the thing is great but the small part where the pin of the lever pushes into broke off. I saved that section and wonder if it can be repaired some how. This particular body is made of plastic and carbon so I'm guessing it may be second generation brifters as I think first generation 8 speed had a metal body. This is chorus, by the way, has "carbon" on the top of the body, and is the brifter on the left side for the front derailleur. As it is now, I can still operate the brakes and the der, but since the inside part of the body is broken, I kind of have to watch out that the lever stays in the body since only the outside pin is still in the body and is keeping the lever on. I was thinking perhaps drilling a few small holes and putting metal pins in it and the gluing it on. Any suggestions-besides getting a new lever assembly?
I'd contact Vecchio's in Boulder, CO. Ergolevers are rebuildable, if parts are available. However, the good news is that you can always just move your 8-speed indexing discs into modern Ergolevers and they should work. Some weirdness around 1992, which I'd ask them about. There is a moment there where you don't want to go behind or forward in your Campy time machine.
Then again that was true of everything Mavic SSC, as it was all modular. It justified the price point above Record, Dura-Ace, and Superbe Pro. No anywhere I can find parts for all that modular SSC functionality?
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I've purchased just the bare "carbon" lever body for later Daytona levers, but does anyone have recent experience with trying to source a body for this older body style?
I was surprised at how inexpensive that just the body was, perhaps 20-25 dollars iir.
Also the matter of the better levers having ball bearings in the body, which forced me to buy a more-substantial sub-assembly for repair of a Record 10s lever at around $100.
Is Vecchio's the best-stocked Campag specialist? Not too many out there.
Drilling and pinning/doweling the broken lever-body "ear" will depend on the material thickness available for centering a drilled hole through. Also, if the brake lever pivot pin could somehow have a head added on each end, then lateral support would be shared between the two ears and the assembly thus further strengthened greatly.
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Last edited by dddd; 08-25-15 at 09:37 AM.
Vecchio's is a different kind of bike shop. Most bicycle shops operate by trying to foist poorly fitting bikes on customers and just churn them through. Shops make a ton of money selling low end crap to people that doesn't fit that they'll never ride.
Originally Posted by dddd
Vecchio's most certainly speaks Campagnolo. Back in the early days of the Serotta forums, or other such read lists prior to forums it would be funny how shops all over the country that had great reputations would get Campy questions wrong. Vecchio's knows Campy. I think having your Campy bike given a look over and tuned by that small shop in Boulder, CO should be a bucket list item for every Campy aficionado. Getting your picture taken out in front of the shop on Pearl Street should be a destination, like visiting Fenway for baseball people.
Very interesting. I've never heard of that shop, but I will do some investigation. Appreciate the help very much.
Originally Posted by mtnbke