What a dilemma!
Okay I scored a '90 Bianchi Axis (Japanese made) steel frame and fork from a friend recently. It also included a Suntour top pull ft. derailler. I'm wanting to get back into racing 'cross this Autumn '06. I broke my clavicle in a 'cross race a few years ago and I haven't been back since.
I also have a '87 Bianchi Eros (also Japanese steel) road bike I upgraded to a Campy Veloce/Athena/Daytona 9spd Ergo "gruppo" but that frame is too small for me so I was wanting to transplant most of the Campy stuff to the Axis frame and sell or otherwise retire the Eros frame.
Here's the dilemma: I ALSO have a late 80's Colnago Sprint road bike. That frame fits me properly but has Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra components (downtube) and I was just had a "brainfart" today that maybe I should use the Shimano stuff on the Axis and make the Colnago all Campy. The Colnago already has a Campy Athena headset and I heard or read somewhere (probably from a roadie) that a proper Colnago should have all Campy components (!?) . Also I can end up using the Veloce brake calipers since I obviously can't use them on the Axis frame. Downtube shifters are out for the Axis frame since there's no mount for them so I'll have to figure something out for that.
I guess I'm trying to keep the cost as reasonable as possible since I'll already have to buy TWO bottom brackets because of the threading (Italian and English) and money is not exactly growing on trees with me. If I go all Campy on the Colnago could I still use my braze-on Dura-Ace ft. derailler or would that be a "fashion faux paus" (I guess I'll have to ask a roadie about that!)?
I'm not wanting to start a Campy-Shimano debate here, just wanting to get some opinions on what would be the best course of action. Sorry for the long post.