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Old 03-09-12, 05:43 PM
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Replacement for Campy 9 speed?

A Bianchi Veloce is my primary bike. Please advise how I can plan upgrades and keep the frame alive for years to come. I am somewhat new to the upgrade world.

I am a beginning randonneur and need to choose a lighting system. I like the Schmidt front hub generators. Investing and rebuilding the front wheel leads to the longer-term question below.

When the older Campy 9 speed cassette wears out, what are the best options for replacement? I doubt 9 speed cassettes will be readily available. I want assurance that I can retrofit the frame with a good quality drivetrain. I'd like to stay with Campy...

Please advise. Forum members have a wealth of knowledge. Thank you.
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Old 03-09-12, 05:47 PM
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Old 03-09-12, 05:51 PM
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First, Campy 9-speed cassettes are still available and should be for many more years. Here is one source but there are a lot of others:
http://www.lickbike.com/productpage....B='2277-02'

When and if the rest of the drivetrain (derailleurs, shifters, etc.) is worn out, you could upgrade to any of the Campy 10-speed groups or even 11-speed if it's the across the board norm by then. The options are limited only by your sensitivity to cost.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
First, Campy 9-speed cassettes are still available and should be for many more years. Here is one source but there are a lot of others:
http://www.lickbike.com/productpage.php?PART_NUM_SUB='2277-02'
You will do _MUCH_ better importing Campagnolo parts from the UK.

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/roa...te/CAMPCASS300

Ribble charges US residents $35 and $48 (28 last cog) for Veloce/Centaur 9 speed cassettes versus $65 and $82 for lickbike (note that you don't pay the VAT included in UK prices)

Shipping charges via Royal Mail all the way across the Atlantic are similar to UPS across the United States and I've had shipments take less time to get to me in California from the UK than the US East Coast.

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Old 03-09-12, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
You will do _MUCH_ better importing Campagnolo parts from the UK.

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/roa...te/CAMPCASS300

Ribble charges US residents $35 and $48 (28 last cog) for Veloce/Centaur 9 speed cassettes versus $65 and $82 for lickbike (note that you don't pay the VAT included in UK prices)

Shipping charges via Royal Mail all the way across the Atlantic are similar to UPS across the United States and I've had shipments take less time to get to me in California from the UK than the US East Coast.
Right and I deal with Wiggle and PBK myself, particularly for Campy parts. I just used Licktons as an example to show that 9-speed Campy cassettes are still very much around.
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Thank you both very much! Given the rapid turnover in products, I was certain parts would become unavailable sooner than later. You have given me hope. I really enjoy the Campy-Veloce combination, and want to keep it for a long time. :-)
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Miche has campagnolo 9 cassettes also. They even have 7 speed cassettes that fits new 10 speed wheelsets
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
Miche has campagnolo 9 cassettes also. They even have 7 speed cassettes that fits new 10 speed wheelsets
I was going to mention this as well. From personal experience, the Miche cassettes are pretty good too.
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