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Old 10-15-06, 07:33 AM
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CAMPY Alternative Parts Review Who Uses?

Hello all but right now I have a Campy Record 9 speed system and as you know when looking to buy parts it can become quite expensive. Well, I was doing some internet research and came across a few items and I would like to know if anyone has used them or has any special comments.

1. Miche Campagnolo Splined Cassette - I came across this cassette from universal cycles for $ 39.00

What is the differenc ein this cassette compared to the other Campy models?

2. Salsa inner and outer chainrings with prices of $ 19.00 - 29.00 ! Half the cost of Chorus chainrings and 135mm and 5 bolt - 4 arm?

3. How about compatible chains? Does anyone use them and prices are much less, Any Rec's?

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Repeat after me....
"There ARE NO SUBSTITUTES for Campagnolo, There ARE NO SUBSTITUTES for Campagnolo,There ARE NO SUBSTITUTES for Campagnolo,"
This mantra will save you the hair tearing, tongue biting...

I purchased a Miche chain on Ebay "cause it was cheap and came in a can similar to shoe polish, good for keeping my EPO safe ( j/k) "
However, it was trash. It lasted only four criteriums and other than the nice can I would not
do it again.

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I run a Miche cassette (10 sp) with no problems. The steel version is quite a bargain and you can specify which gears you want and you can also replace individual gears.

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thanks zagnut for the price it looks like a good deal
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Wipperman chains aren't exactly cheap but they are very good, completely compatible with Campy 10-speed, have the Conex masterlink and can be shortened to length with any conventional chain tool.

They don't require an absurdly expensive chain tool that will be obsolete in six months.
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All the Campy stuff (and shimano) are engineered to work together. So your bike would work the best using the campy stuff.

However, instead of buying a Record cassette that uses fast wearing titanium cogs, get a Chorus cassette which is exactly the same except without the expensive titanium top cogs. You can even go a step lower and get a Centaur Cassette. It uses the same cogs except the spacers and carriers are a little heavier. And Go one step lower to Veloce, I think all the cogs and spacers are separate.
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Originally Posted by nitropowered
All the Campy stuff (and shimano) are engineered to work together. So your bike would work the best using the campy stuff.

However, instead of buying a Record cassette that uses fast wearing titanium cogs, get a Chorus cassette which is exactly the same except without the expensive titanium top cogs. You can even go a step lower and get a Centaur Cassette. It uses the same cogs except the spacers and carriers are a little heavier. And Go one step lower to Veloce, I think all the cogs and spacers are separate.

As far as all steel cassettes go, Veloce is a best buy. It is designed to work with Campy chains and cranks. It is priced similar to a Shimano cassette, so money shouldn't be a problem. Good luck

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thanks guys i have in the past run veloce cassettes since the price is way below Record stuff and the Campy Miche cassettes look fairly decent. I mean, this stuff I am looking at is for my training wheel and I usually get 4500 miles on the stuff,

I also noticed these chainrings from Salsa for Campy, I am not worried about weight since I could starve myself which would be a better strategy to get up the hills if you know what I mean.
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Originally Posted by TRACKMAN
My father taught me " Buy the best whether you can afford it or not and then, buy two"
More often than not in the bike business, this is bad advice.
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I run a Miche cassette with a Wipperman chain on Centaur derailleurs and Veloce brifters. It's all butter...
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I have a mix of Campy 9-speed parts on my road bike - Veloce brake/shifters, Record hubs, a Centaur derailleur. It all works just fine, especially if I keep it clean. I love the steel Veloce cassettes. Reasonably priced, and they last for years.

I used a Sram chain for a while, and it worked fine but was a bit noisy. Switched back to a Campy chain when I found them on sale at Nashbar for cheaper than the Srams.

The only thing I had no luck with was non-Campy chainrings. I forget the name, but the rings I tried had "w" cutouts in them, and no ramps or pins. They made for some horrible front shifting - you really had to baby the lever over, and hold it there for the shift to take. Salsa stuff is usually top notch, though. Might be worth a try.
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A while back they were blowing out Veloce cranks for $39 on ebay. I know guys that were buying them in bulk just for spare chainrings. You can't buy a generic 135mm chainring for that kind of money, let alone the entire crank with bolts and chainring bolts. Use ebay, it is your friend.

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Originally Posted by TRACKMAN
My father taught me " Buy the best whether you can afford it or not and then, buy two"
That's good advice but "the best" doesn't have to mean "the most expensive". Record Ti cassettes are, by far, the most expensive you can get but they certainly aren't "the best" for most riders.

Don't confuse extravagance with quality.
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I bought a Salsa 135bcd Chainring once for my Athena cranks. It looked like nice quality, but it was too small to fit on the spider. I had to file down the surface where the chainring meets the spider to get it on. I probably should have sent it back, but I was impatient to get the bike up and running. Once I got it filed down, it worked fine, but I wound up replacing it with a Miche track chainring to match the rest of my 1/8" drive train. I also have a Miche track hub, cog/carrier, and seatpost. It's all good quality stuff. Nice finish, and durable.
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