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Old 11-10-10, 12:47 PM
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Campy 8 Speed Shifting

I got a first gen 8-speed ergo group for my early 90's Titan road frame. Here is the issue. I'm used to Shimano, the modern stuff, or old Campy NR, Sun Tour etc... So I never used any Campy ergo stuff before. Shimano shifts very very easily, like gushy butter. The levers move with such ease. The Campy 8 speed rear shifter works great but it's more chunky, you can really feel the gear shifts on it which is fine in fact it almost feels more precise. The front however is very difficult to change from the little to the big ring. I really have to wrench on the lever to move the FD over to make the change. Is this just a Campy thing or am I doing something wrong.

Also of note, on the RD changing: on a couple of the cogs when I make the gear change I can actually feel the ball end of the shift wire poke out into the gum hood on my hand. It only happens on a few changes and under certain circumstances.

I'm thinking maybe something was set up wrong. The gears change and everything but it's just those two observations that got me to thinking.
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I have 8sp ergo Campy on my bike as well. It definitely feels different from Shimano, similar to how you describe it, though the front doesn't feel like it's that hard to shift. But I'd be concerned about that last note you made about being able to actually feel the cable end when you shift. I've never noticed anything like that with mine. The only problem I've heard of with those shifters is that there's a piece that sometimes get covered by bar tape, where the shifter needs to be in direct contact with the hood in order to work properly. But as I understand it, if that were the case, the shifters wouldn't work at all.
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Have you tried shifting from low to high gear, going through all 8 rear gears? If the cable end is poking through, it probably means you are shifting without the derailleur moving, resulting in loose cable. Otherwise, maybe your right and left levers need to be greased?

My 8-speed goes clickety click, right into gear, every time! And it should NOT be hard to throw the chain onto the large ring. I also assume your chain is properly lubricated?
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Campy ball ends are smaller than Shimano ball ends. Replace your cables, or file/sand them smaller.
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1) Make sure you are using a Campy headed cable.
2) Sounds like your rear cable is a little loose. Make your adjustment in low gear, start at 2.5 turns out on the adjuster at the RD.
3) Sounds like the FD cable is too tight or your outer limit screw is too deep.
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Ok thanks all I will look into all of this. I had no idea that Campy cables were different, that will most likely solve the poking cable issue.

I'm not sure how to take apart those shifters to grease them, is that a regular maintenance procedure for these shifters? IS there a link to a tutorial perhaps that anyone knows of?

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