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    Campagnolo Syncro shifters: yeah or nay?

    Quoth Sheldon Brown: "Synchro derailers and shift levers are incompatible with anything else, and the Synchro system worked so poorly that it is not a good idea to try to set the system up on a bike you intend to actually ride." *

    Agree? Disagree? If agreed, is the Syncro II version any better? And is there a way to identify the revised version, if there is any real difference in performance?

    I'm considering a set of the 8 speed Syncros for a build, using a 7 speed Shimano cassette (because apparently, Campagnolo 8 and Shimano 7 have the same cog spacing).

    EDIT: They would be mated to what I believe is an 8 speed "Racing T" rear dérailleur. Not sure if this dérailleur is pre-ergo or not.
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    ViperZ and 55/Rad are both successfully running some form of Synchro shifters, and I believe a few over here are as well. There's some mod you can do the shifter to help it out.
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    I am running syncro on one bike, it works reasonably well and you think if a retro grouch ever wanted to run indexing they would use syncro for it's nice defined "chunk" as it shifts. Apparently if you smooth out the teeth in the insert a little it will improve shifting (according to out resident expert avenan). Now the combinations of syncro are mind boggling.

    try this:
    http://www.tuttocampybici.com/catalogs/syncro_1987.pdf

    there are more catalogues at that sight which can be used to figure out what insert you need for what freewheel and dérailleur you have.

    However, now that I think of it you might not even have Syncro, I am not sure the syncro system came in 8 speed.

    Edit: are they the curved shifters with the built in adjuster as can be seen here:
    http://www.tuttocampybici.com/catalogs/1992.pdf? If so these are a whole different ball game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
    However, now that I think of it you might not even have Syncro, I am not sure the syncro system came in 8 speed.
    Don't have a set, just been watching them on ebay. They come up fairly regularly, including this set, and most I've seen have been labeled 8 speed.

    They appear to have blue inserts, which would appear to make them 7 speed according to catalogue you linked to?

    I think that nightmare of a chart says it all!

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    I could be wrong about the 8 speed. That is the 1987 chart afterall, no knowing where my catalogue CD is is really starting to upset me! But those do look like syncro shifters as they have the knurled knob part to switch from friction to indexed. I have a set of later shifters with a 7 speed insert, never really investigated but I got it with a regina syncro-90 freewheel (7s) and 1st gen. mirage derailleur. I put it together and it worked like absolute crap. But the 6 speed set-up on my girlfriend's bike which is all chorus with maillard 700 freewheel works great, of course it is matched properly as per the chart.
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    Not sure of the vintage you're talking about, but I built up a Tesch 101 back in 1988 with C record/deltas and synchro II shifters.

    I personally thought they were junk and would have been happier with friction shifters, but I'm 50 yrs old and your mileage may vary.

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    they are a challenge, to say the least. You'll never get them shifting perfectly, but if you work at it you can get reasonably close. And just think of the adventure...you never know if the next shift is gonna complete gracefully. The only thing that I can guarantee is that if there's a babe anywhere within earshot, you're gonna grind a pound of gears with as much noise as a bike can make...

    you need a bike set up with these shifters, if for no other reason than to remember how good modern shifters work. If you set up a nuovo or a super record, you also need the adjuster barrel that allows you to fine tune the cable tension. That piece was actually part of the upgrade kit to synchro...if you buy a NOS set make sure that the little adjuster barrel is in there.

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    I built up a time trial bike in '91 with Campy Athena Syncro II 7 speed on the downtube and it worked fine though i heard there were problems with the original Syncro. When I was looking to update the bike and move the shifters to the aero bars I took someone's advice from this forum and used Olympus shifters and suprisingly they worked just fine both indexing and friction. Not bad at all for Campy's lower end stuff.

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    These here are NOS campy Record 'Syncro 2' 8-speed DT shifters from 1992. They are index only and shift just fine on my 8-speed Record cassette. So far I havent had any problems with them, which doesn't mean problems do not exist with others. FWIW I've heard changing to a 'floating' top jockey pulley on the RR derailleur helped indexing on the Syncro shifters that did have problems.


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    My C-Record system is set up with friction, not synchros, so I can't help.

    That said. I would like to know if there is a 10 speed indexed DT shifter that will work with Campy - Centaur to be specific. The only one I know of is the DA....and I don't know if it'll work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
    I would like to know if there is a 10 speed indexed DT shifter that will work with Campy - Centaur to be specific.
    You probably already know about the Record 10 speed barends. Branford's page mentions a conversion kit, but the link doesn't seem to be working. These would end up being the most expensive DT shifters ever, though I'm sure the main units could be had more affordably on ebay.

    http://www.branfordbike.com/brake/brk03.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wino Ryder View Post
    These here are NOS campy Record 'Syncro 2' 8-speed DT shifters from 1992.
    I've considered the version with the cable adjuster as well. So these came in a box labeled "Synchro II"? The 1992 catalogue available on TuttoCampyBici.com doesn't make mention of the 'Synchro' trademark.

    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    And just think of the adventure...you never know if the next shift is gonna complete gracefully. The only thing that I can guarantee is that if there's a babe anywhere within earshot, you're gonna grind a pound of gears with as much noise as a bike can make...
    So is that what Wino Ryder has, or is his a different animal?

    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    And just think of the adventure...you never know if the next shift is gonna complete gracefully.
    I think I'll leave the adventure for another day, luker. I was hoping for a budget alternative to ergos, but it looks as if a project like this could end up costing more in the long run. It'll have to be friction for the time being. What a foolish thought: Campy on a budget!

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    you're right - campy on a budget is kind of an oxymoron...my comments above refer to the original, period-correct, 80's version of campy's index shifting. They are not good, so unless you are building a period correct piece, I can't recommend 'em. Campy never really believed in the need; the top drawer C-Record stuff came non-indexing for quite a while.

    this thread isn't quite C&V; more like retrogrouches in review, but I happen to like downtube shifters, and I like the thought of all of those cogs in the back. The 8 speed downtube shifters from the '90's work great, like Wino Ryder's setup. The 9 speeds are even better. I have finally found a rear 10speed campy derailleur that I could afford, and so maybe soon I'll be able to say that 10speeds work as well as 9.

    Back to your original post - racing triple rear derailleurs are indexing (only, I think... although you can make just about anything work in friction mode...). There are several 8-speed options for campy downtube shifters. I have a bike running a Sachs 8-speed freewheel and campy 8-speed synchro. Works great. Any of the campy 8-speed cassettes will also work.

    While we are exploring all of the options: has anyone tried to make a campy 10 setup shift over a shimano 10 cassette, or the other way around? It seems to me that there just isn't enough room left with 10 cogs for the manufacturers to be building in uniqueness...

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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    Back to your original post - racing triple rear derailleurs are indexing (only, I think... although you can make just about anything work in friction mode...). There are several 8-speed options for campy downtube shifters. I have a bike running a Sachs 8-speed freewheel and campy 8-speed synchro. Works great. Any of the campy 8-speed cassettes will also work.

    While we are exploring all of the options: has anyone tried to make a campy 10 setup shift over a shimano 10 cassette, or the other way around? It seems to me that there just isn't enough room left with 10 cogs for the manufacturers to be building in uniqueness...
    Problem is, I have a Shimano wheelset, so I was hoping to mate the 8 speed indexed Campy levers to a 7 speed Shimano cassette, as per this website: http://www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=3946

    It appears, according to the chart on the website, that you can run a Shimano 10 cassette with a pre-2001 Campy indexing rear derailleur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
    My C-Record system is set up with friction, not synchros, so I can't help.

    That said. I would like to know if there is a 10 speed indexed DT shifter that will work with Campy - Centaur to be specific. The only one I know of is the DA....and I don't know if it'll work.

    55/Rad
    The Synchro 2 shifter pictured above uses the Ergo gear from a barcon. So, 10 is possible

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    This site seems to have pretty good discussions on everything 7/8-speed. May clear up some issues involving Syncro DT shifters.
    http://campyonly.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=2

    That said, here's another shot of my 'Syncro 2' shifters so everyone can see how gorgeous they look. (sorry if its a shameless plug, but I cant help it. .......they even work good.




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    Wino rider, you're usuing a post c-record, record derailleur with those?

    Junk Yard, if campy 8 and shimano 7 have the same spacing then so whould shimano 8 as you can use 8 speed shimano shifters with 7 speed cassettes/freewheels no problem because the spacing is the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
    Wino rider, you're usuing a post c-record, record derailleur with those?

    Junk Yard, if campy 8 and shimano 7 have the same spacing then so whould shimano 8 as you can use 8 speed shimano shifters with 7 speed cassettes/freewheels no problem because the spacing is the same.
    Are you sure? Shimano 7 is 5mm, Campy 8 is 5mm, Shimano 8 is 4.8mm. Not saying it wouldn't work. I'm planning on using what I think is an 8 speed 'Racing T' rear derailleur, so unless I fiddle with cable positioning, I'm under the impression Shimano shifters won't work due to a different actuation ratio.

    Wino Ryder, thanks for the link to the CampyOnly board. Need more time to search. The ShimaNO forum is worth a few laughs.

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    don't forget us. We need to know the results of your research. ummmm. pizza. All of the kids have left and there's pizza. Not supposed to eat pizza, don't tell...

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    I have a set of levers here, never used them...

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    [QUOTE]
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
    Wino rider, you're usuing a post c-record, record derailleur with those?QUOTE]

    Believe it or not, this is all part of my campy conversion on my Tommasini, which came with Shimano '600'.

    So far I have converted everything over, but am still using the '600' 8-speed STI rear derailleur. The DT syncro shifters work just fine with that derailleur, shifting onto an 8-speed Record cassette. Believe me, I was expecting trouble with this set-up but it worked great. I dont know. Maybe its because the top pulley on the STI '600' derailleur is more free floating, allowing everything to index correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    don't forget us. We need to know the results of your research. ummmm. pizza. All of the kids have left and there's pizza. Not supposed to eat pizza, don't tell...
    The results of my research: eye fatigue and hunger...any pizza left?

    Syncros were awful, apparently.

    Again, Wino Ryder, are you sure those are 'Syncros'? From the catalogues available online (TuttoCampyBici.com and CampyOnly.com), it appears the version with the cable adjuster on the lever was first introduced in '92 (your set), but they had dropped the 'Syncro' moniker by then. In the catalogue, this text appears: "precision indexed shifting (no over-shift)." I'm thinking this is the year they fixed the problems with the Syncros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
    I have a set of levers here, never used them...
    PM sent.
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    nah. twice. Wino has the later version. I have no pizza left. The big kids blew through looking for their D&D books and magically, all of the freakin' pizza disappeared. I am not supposed to indulge. I am not supposed to indulge. that was a good thing, I think...

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    DOMINO'S PERSONAL PIZZA:

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