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Old 05-12-24, 05:31 PM
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Campagnolo compatibility questions

Hi all,

I just bought a lovely Italian steel frame (from the 90s, or early 2000s) and I am set on using Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed. I am aware it is not the latest and greatest but it is priced sensibly and it is Italian (keep the theme). I have already bough a 13/29 cassette and I am eying a 52/42 crankset. This crankset is the oldest bit of my groupset (it uses square taper bottom bracket). I am also in the process of getting a Veloce rear derailleur with a medium size cage.

Is the crankset compatible with the cassette? Will there be an issue in using an older crankset ? Will a recent Veloce chain work with the older crankset?

Do you foresee any other issues with my build?

Your feedback is appreciated.
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I'm using late 70s Nuovo Record and Super Record cranks with standard chainrings on a couple or three bikes with ten speed Campagnolo brifters and chains. They all get along fine.


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Thank you very much for your prompt reply.

Those are very nice looking bikes.
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Campagnolo used square taper cranks until the year before they switched to 11 speed. Your cranks will be fine
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If its a 10sp crankset there's no trouble, 9sp will work fine with the way campy ergolevers work. 8sp you might start to have issues since the 10sp chain might want to start catching in between the chainrings and starts getting a little tight on the wider rings but it'll still work moderately well. I think if I was dealing with a 90s road bike and wanted to watch budget I'd still keep an eye out for a 10sp centaur/daytona group. They were just a bit nicer and a good bit lighter but really affordable. I think you can still get a new set of centaur for 450ish.
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I doubt you are going to race so you will be fine with the additional grams in a square taper so sounds like you are on track. As Russ Roth said I would avoid 8 speed crankset with 10 speed chain as there is no reason to do so and it can be a problem. I suspect you will love the ride and maybe in the future (thousands of mile) if it is a lovely frame you can look at Athena of Record groupsets, they are special.
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Originally Posted by nunoFrias
Hi all,

I just bought a lovely Italian steel frame (from the 90s, or early 2000s) and I am set on using Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed. I am aware it is not the latest and greatest but it is priced sensibly and it is Italian (keep the theme). I have already bough a 13/29 cassette and I am eying a 52/42 crankset. This crankset is the oldest bit of my groupset (it uses square taper bottom bracket). I am also in the process of getting a Veloce rear derailleur with a medium size cage.

Is the crankset compatible with the cassette? Will there be an issue in using an older crankset ? Will a recent Veloce chain work with the older crankset?

Do you foresee any other issues with my build?

Your feedback is appreciated.
As noted, unless your crankset is 8s or earlier, there will be zero issues.
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Thank you all very much for your replies.

I have just bought the crankset.

Now off to find a compatible bottom bracket. I have an eye on a "Campagnolo Centaur Tapered Bottom Bracket" (forum policy prevents me from posting link).
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@nunofrais - Make sure you get the right length spindle.
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