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Old 05-13-14, 10:19 AM   #1
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Campagnolo Cambio Corsa

I was reading through some Campagnolo history and I found the curious quasi derailer the "Cambio Corsa". It seems that it used two quick releases, one to let the wheel move freely and another lever to move the chain to another cog. I am curious if anyone knows of a modern manufacturer of the system. If anyone has any personal experience with using it I would love to hear how it is to operate.
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Check out this among other videos:

I seem to recall there being a video of Frank Berto riding a bike with Cambio Corse but couldn't find it quickly....
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To shift gears, you need to open the rear wheel quick release so the axel can move back and forth in the dropout to take up chain slack. Then the cage pushes the chain left or right while pedaling backwards to change gears. Finaly, the cuick release is tightened up.
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A very cool dead end technology. Anyone here ever ridden one?
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I rode my first cambio corsa equipped bike more than 20 years ago. They are not anywhere as difficult as you might think. A very good demonstration as to how to use them can be seen here: Aldo Ross is the one who filmed himself as he shifted the gears. I still have a 1940's Bianchi with an old version of the gear. I will admit that after having broken my elbow, and having lost a certain degree of mobility I am no longer too keen to ride a bike with a cambio corsa gear. I feel a bit more comfortable using my bike with a Paris-Roubaix shifter (the new and improved version of the cambio corsa, having only one lever that loosens the Q/R and shifts the gears).
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