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Which Campy 9 +/or 10 speed chain is Shimano compatible?

Old 05-11-19, 03:32 PM
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Which Campy 9 +/or 10 speed chain is Shimano compatible?

I would like to try to run a Campy chain on my Shimano 9 and 10 speed bikes. I know that the width is subtly different by like 0.1mm internally causing an incompatibility. But I thought they also spec'd a few that were listed as being Shimano compatible.

Could anyone list specific Campy chains that are compatible with Shimano 9 speed (Ultegra 6603 triple crank/Ultegra 6500 cassette) and/or Shimano 10 speed (Dura Ace 7800 crank/SRAM PC-1070 cassette) compatible? I would really like to try one of these since I have been doing chain waxing on a 2 chain system and would like to try to experiment with the Campy since I have read that it can last much longer. I wore out my KMC chain in one year with only about 3,000 miles on it. I might get a bit more miles from my SRAM chains but not much. Also, I want to try the Campy chains with wax to see if they might be a bit more silent than the KMC or SRAM chains when waxed. Mine both tend to get kind of "grindy" sounding after the initial outer coating of wax flakes off.

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why does it have to be a Campag owned chain making machine , made chain ?

FWIW, Campag used to resell chains bought in bulk from Rohloff of Germany..
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Old 05-11-19, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
why does it have to be a Campag owned chain making machine , made chain ?

FWIW, Campag used to resell chains bought in bulk from Rohloff of Germany..
I doesn't have to be "Campagnolo" but something like one of their chains is what I am seeking. I saw an episode of "How it's Made" on TV an they were showing Campy chains being manufactured and I thought I saw somewhere that they were coming out of Portugal. I used a Wippermann Inox stainless chain on my Ultegra 9 speed drivetrain one time and it did not mesh well. I actually sent the chain back to the US distributor or Wippermann chains and they sent me a new one. I may strip the cosmoline off of that one in a 2 step pickle jar of clean mineral spirits and then wax it in some Molten Speed Wax in the crock pot and try that.

But yeah, back to the original question - I'm pretty sure that a few of the Campagnolo chains were known to be Shimano compatible. I just need to know which ones??
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I know of the opposite, a Shimano 9sp chain will work on a Campy 10sp cassette. But 10sp chains are interchangeable. I don't know about 9sp. That said, I've always put 10sp Campy chains on my main bike. I only did the Shimano 9sp because I swapped around wheels and a 10sp Campy wheel landed on that bike by default, and it worked fine.
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bike chains all 1/2" pitch differs roller - inside and over all outside .. chain 'Speeds' is more widths , thicknesses..
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This is a good question... compatibility issues...
Seems Like the Dura Ace CN-7701 is narrow enough, I haven't tried it but Campy prices might convince me to experiment.
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