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Old 07-16-08, 12:46 PM   #1
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Of Campy and Cantis

OK, lets say we want to put together a Campy cross bike. It's getting painfully hard and expensive to find vintage Campy MTB cantilevers. What would be a suitable substitute? I have tons of Shimano cantis in my parts box now. Problem is they might not get along too well on the same bike.

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why wouldn't it work?

the only problem would be the opinions of form-before-function pedants that would scoff at shimano stuff on a primarily campy bike.
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cable pull should be the same, or close to it. no worries.
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Another option would be Avid's. Yes, they're a SRAM product, but that's not as offensive to some as putting Shimano on a Campy bike. They're relatively cheap, too.
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Even the most anal Campy purist couldn't begrudge Paul Neo-retros:
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Even the most anal Campy purist couldn't begrudge Paul Neo-retros:
Well that's an idea.
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I use Campy with Avids and they work fine.
The quality of the Avids is poor, but they work.
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IRD Cafam has a retro look and gets very good marks by all accounts.
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yep, i'm a satisfied ird user.
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IRD Cafam has a retro look and gets very good marks by all accounts.
I really like the way they look. I've heard mixed reviews though. How have they performed for you?
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I really like the way they look. I've heard mixed reviews though. How have they performed for you?
I don't use them, I use Cane Creek SCX-5 which are great but only come in black AFAIK.

Everything I've read about the IRDs is positive, including Grant Petersen's stamp of approval, which to me means a lot. They're not nearly as pricey as Pauls, which for me would be choice #1 if money were no object.
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I really like the way they look. I've heard mixed reviews though. How have they performed for you?
quite admirably, no complaints.

i like how high up the arms go, which allows for a low cantilever angle even with really fat tires.
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Tim-Are these what you are looking for? I've got one set, they are yours if you want them. PM if interested. Even the pads are Campy!

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OK, lets say we want to put together a Campy cross bike. It's getting painfully hard and expensive to find vintage Campy MTB cantilevers. What would be a suitable substitute? I have tons of Shimano cantis in my parts box now. Problem is they might not get along too well on the same bike.

Tim
I have Shimano CAnti's on mine, mated to Centaur levers.

No problems, ever.
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