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Campy Ergo Shifting Question

Old 06-06-14, 06:00 PM
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Campy Ergo Shifting Question

I ride Campy Ergo (8 Speed, circa 1996) shifters on my bike. They work well and shift quite smoothly, IMHO. But there are two minor problems that surprise me. BTW, I am a male with average sized hands.

1) When in the drops I find the brake levers somewhat hard to reach. It isn't really hard (and not something that I would consider dangerous), but it does seem awkward to me. What do folks with smaller hands do?

2) Again when in the drops I find the thumb levers/buttons somewhat awkward to use. I find myself rolling my hand up 'over the top' to shift using those buttons, This somehow seems wrong for an average sized person.

Thoughts or comments here? Thanks.

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dealer help? Branford bike is into parts sold for the the old Campag stuff.
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How are they installed, and on what handlebars? Do you have a picture (from the side) of your bar with your Ergos? Possibly also another one showing you hand having difficulty reaching? I have relatively small hands and have no problem with the 2nd generation levers. Mrs. Road Fan uses the 1st generation system (like yours, I think), and has no problem with those.

Usually it's recommended to mount brake levers so that if you hold a straightedge on the bottom of the drops, the end of the lever just touches the straightedge with the clamp bolt tight. This is just a starting point, but with conventional bars like Nitto Noodles the tops of the lever bodies line up with the ramps, the bottoms line up with the drops, and the levers curve with the bar curl, aka the hooks.

If you have a pretty radical modern bar like the Ritchey Biomax II it might not work out this way. It didn't for me.
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RoadFan, this is all 'old stle stuff'.

Here is a pic that I have that might be useful (although not the best angle).

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RoadFan, this is all 'old stle stuff'.

Here is a pic that I have that might be useful (although not the best angle).

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You have the shifters mounted too high. When your shifters were designed people rode round drop bar hooks and mounted brake levers then ergo levers so the bottom of the brake lever was level with the bottom of the bars as Road Fan said.

Some how I ended up riding with slightly rotated handlebars for a while, although this illustrates the target elevation:

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I'm afraid that's just the way they are,and is probably the only benefit of STi over Ergo, in that you can always reach both levers when on the drops.

I'm not sure moving them helps much
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I'm afraid that's just the way they are,and is probably the only benefit of STi over Ergo, in that you can always reach both levers when on the drops.

I'm not sure moving them helps much
I never had any problems with either lever and found the mouse ear easier to reach from the drops than the hoods.
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Thanks for the feedback. It sounds like different folks have different experiences here. I'm suspicious that the right path for me might well be a professional bike fitting. I had one 17 some years ago (same bike, BTW). A few things have changed since then (my bike not being one of those).

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