I'm confused about some things having to do with older Campagnolo Ergopower stuff. Can you guys clear me up?
Basically, I have a pile of parts that will hopefully turn into a bike this spring. I'm starting to worry that the parts won't work together, and am also wondering how to select the remaining parts I need to find. Indexing confuses me! Ergopower confuses me! I'm an old dog trying to learn new tricks.
Here are the parts I have. If there's anything random about the list, that's because some were given to me by a friend, others were picked up on eBay, others came from the used parts bins at the local bike co-op.
I'll ask my questions about each part in [brackets].
1. Brifter levers are Record Titanium, carbon bodies, the pointy-topped older style. I presume these are "early 9 speed". [Q: Are the "early 9 speed" levers functionally interchangeable with the later 9 speed levers that have the current brifter shape? Meaning, as far as the derailleurs, cassette, and hub splines go, early or late 9 speed is all the same? I will be able to swap these levers for a later 9 speed Ergopower brifter no problem?]
2. The right brifter came to me "slightly disassembled", with a note that I'd need to install the replacement G springs that also came with. Comparing the bits I have with Campagnolo's parts diagrams, it looked like I might be missing more than a G spring. Actually the lever looks like a gutted fish with its innards floating around in a ziplock baggie. So I picked up a pair of complete Athena 9 speed brifters, also pointy-topped with carbon "BB" bodies, in case I needed to cannibalize them for parts. [Q: Are parts interchangeable between Athena and Record early 9 speed brifters?]
3. The rear dérailleur is a Record Titanium 9 speed. [Q: There's no such thing as an "early 9" and "late 9" speed Campagnolo derailleur, is there? This will work fine with my brifters?]
4. The front derailleur is a Record 10 speed, braze on.
5. The brakes are Record, the ones just before the current skeleton brakes. Need a few bits (spring, spring saddle, cable clamp, recessed nut, etc) which either came with or I am getting.
6. The crank is Record 10 speed alloy, not Ultra Torque. [Q: I wanted a compact crank, for better climbing gearing, but wanted alloy rather than carbon. As far as I can tell, Campagnolo never made a compact crank in alloy, right? I may end up swapping this for a triple, or growing new legs.]
7. The cables, housings, etc - I bought a new Campagnolo set. [Q: The cables don't care if its a 9 speed or 8 or 10, right?]
8. The headset is integral to the frame.
Now, here are the bits I need to get. Same process, I'll put my questions in [brackets].
9. Still need bottom bracket.
10. Still need wheelset. I've been looking for a Record 9 speed silver hub / Mavic Open Pro rim / 32 or 36 hole / 3 cross wheelset, since I figure that will look vintage enough and hold my 185 lbs for many years. Kind of hard to find this combination, even used, at a reasonable price. [Q: Am I being too picky in thinking the current black, blocky Record hubs look all wrong on an older bike, even a mid-90s frame? I can use any 9-10-11 speed Record rear hub, right? If you were going to get wheels built in Portland OR, where would you go?]
11. Still need the cassette. To affordably get my desired gearing, which is not a racer's corncob, in the fairly old 9 speed variety, I'm leaning toward using Miche. [Q:,Are Miche of fine quality, good-shifting, as light as Record cassettes?]
12. I have a Cinelli quill stem, but am thinking a quill open-face stem would be handy. [Q: Any suggestions, that still look fairly classic, and aren't crazy spendy?]
13. Bars are going to be either something ergonomic or a classic Cinelli drop, haven't decided. Seat will be a Selle Italia Titanium Flite, needs recovering, currently on an old and very badly zig-zagged aero-era Chorus - has to be a 25.4mm so choice is limited, also thought about a Thomson, got outbid for everything else interesting. [Q: Was there ever a 25.4mm carbon seat post? My frame uses a grub screw to secure the seat post, maybe a carbon post is a bad idea anyway.]
14. Pedals are Ritchey Pro Micro Road. Really light for a SPD pedal. They say Ritchey pedals don't work with Shimano SPD 98A cleats, but mine seem to.
Thanks. Sorry for dumping a zillion little questions into one post. None of the questions seemed significant enough to deserve it's own post, so I decided to get them all out there at once.