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Converting 1998 Campagnolo Record to 10-speed. Is it do-able?

Old 08-22-12, 12:16 AM
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Converting 1998 Campagnolo Record to 10-speed. Is it do-able?

I just got some 1999 Campagnolo Chorus shift levers.

(They have the exact same internals as 1998 Campagnolo Record levers.)

I would like to convert my 9-speed levers to 10-speed.

I know that pre-2001 9-speed levers have a different cable pull than 2002+ levers.

Because of this, I figured instead of upgrading my levers to the 2002+ 9 speed pull, I'd like to go straight to 10 speeds.

Is this possible? If so, what parts will I need?


Thank you!
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Old 08-22-12, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by banjo_mole View Post
I just got some 1999 Campagnolo Chorus shift levers.

(They have the exact same internals as 1998 Campagnolo Record levers.)

I would like to convert my 9-speed levers to 10-speed.
Round hooded (second generation) ergo levers can be converted to 10 speed operation by replacing the right index cam (part EC-RE061) and right front ratchet (EC-RE062).

It would be prudent to replace G-springs (EC-RE209) while the shifters are apart. They don't last long. Depending on how adverse you are to disassembly again at a later date you may want to replace the spring carrier (EC-RE111) at the same time (first generation parts seemed to last twice as long as the G-springs; although I bypassed second generation and moved to Ultrashift so I couldn't comment on life there).

Campagnolo has been discontinuing shifter small parts so you might have problems getting the rear ratchet.

Assuming the cosmetics (black aluminum brake levers) don't offend you, you might consider a set of NOS 2010 Veloce Ultrashift levers (5 cogs smaller, 3 bigger like you expect; current hood shape) because by the time you do acquire all the parts and add your next cable set you'll have spent more.

Here's one source on E-bay for $125 http://www.ebay.com/itm/170861724416. I just bought a set as spares where IIRC the total including shipping and currency conversion was $144.

Where cables run $50 and hoods run $30 net cost for the shifters is $45 a pair before you pay shipping. Replacement shift units including everything but brake blade, hood, and mounting hardware run $90.

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You didn't mention the rear derailleur. Because of the cable pull change you mention, your RD will never be quite right with the new 10s, either. So put that in your budget.
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Don't forget the Jtek Shiftmate...
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Don't forget the Jtek Shiftmate...
Or do. A shiftmate is $39.50. Ribble 10 speed derailleur prices are $37 for black (Xenon) and $72 for silver (Veloce).
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