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Old 07-20-08, 11:54 AM
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New wheels but bike has older 8 speed

I want to upgrade my road bike wheels to a lighter more aero wheel. I have 1992 Campy Record with 8 speed drive train. I suspect I could purchase a rim and use existing old 32 hole caqmpy hub, but I'd like a design with fewer spokes and updated hub.
2 shops told me that I'd need to totally update the drive train including shifters and possibly rear derailer. That's far more than I want to invest.
A LBS who cater mostly to tourists, but who I know as honest guys, told me this morning that it's not a big deal. The mechanic said a 2mm spacer would be required.
If I use a spacer will the wheell sit right or is this just a dishing issue?
What's the real deal here. I love my older bike, it can still kick some butt; I just want a little update.
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Campagnolo makes a special spacer kit to convert a 9 speed cassette into a 8 speed. See:
I don't know how easy it is to get one of these kits.
f you get a Shimano wheel, Wheels Manufacturing makes a kit to convert a 8 speed Shimano cassette into a 8 speed Campagnolo one.
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I know that QBP carries some lower-end 8 speed stuff for Shimano, but I'm not sure about Campy. If you did find a new 8-speed hub out of QBP, it wouldn't be up to date - ie higher spoke count, more "classic" design, etc. If you're looking for a higher-tech hub, they're all going to be 9- or 10-speed, so your best bet would be to use a spacer if you don't want to buy a new drivetrain.
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