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Old 10-17-16, 06:45 PM
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Move from Shimano to Campy???

Hey Folks!

I've got an opportunity to possibly switch from my current DA 7900 to Campy Super record 11 spead at no charge if I can help a friend sell some items for him. I've never ridden campy more than just around a parking lot so I'm not all that comfortable jumping at it. I LOVE my Dura Ace 7900 regardless if it is outdated or not. It shifts perfectly for me and I'm not all that concerned about needing another cog.

When I place my hands on the campy, it feels very comfortable. However, the thumb shifter seems like it would almost get in the way of my natural hand position while climbing out of the saddle. I'm sure I'd get used to it and the people that Have it seem to love it.

Is there anyone out there who has a negative experience with Campy super record?

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Campy is great stuff with the best materials and finish. Sometime you have to give up a bit of quality and performance if you want the very best.

Seriously, it is very well built and in the 7900 line may work as well as Shimano.

Shimano does very well in the 9000 and soon to be 9001 line.
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The only thing not to love about SR is the cassette, due to titanium cogs.

Aside from the name and a handful of grams...it is a higher price Chorus...and Chorus functions flawlessly as well. All those upp/top-shelf mech groups need setup right and they'll work fine. So long as you like the ergonomics.
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
The only thing not to love about SR is the cassette, due to titanium cogs.

Aside from the name and a handful of grams...it is a higher price Chorus...and Chorus functions flawlessly as well. All those upp/top-shelf mech groups need setup right and they'll work fine. So long as you like the ergonomics.
You can run Chorus cassettes with Super Record components
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the mechanic told me DA 9000 cassettes work flawlessly as well.
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I went from DA to SR11 and back to DA. The SR just did not fit my hands well and were just awful to for me to shift when I was in the drops. Maybe it is because I have smaller hands. Shift quality was fine with the SR but really no better or worse than Shimano. It was just different.
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If you currently love your DA, don't switch. As they say, if it ain't broke....

(Btw, I have SR11 and love it)
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Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
I went from DA to SR11 and back to DA. The SR just did not fit my hands well and were just awful to for me to shift when I was in the drops. Maybe it is because I have smaller hands. Shift quality was fine with the SR but really no better or worse than Shimano. It was just different.
I've got pretty big hands and in the drops the thumb shifter and brifter are easily accessible. From what I can tell as it sits on a bike in my garage.
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
the mechanic told me DA 9000 cassettes work flawlessly as well.
DA works better.


Is that what you are buying (so is best function what you are buying)?


There are other reasons to buy Campy. I might. But not for better function.
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A friend of mine dropped Shimano and went with Campy. After 3 years he's changing back to Shimano. Says the Campy's durability is sub-par.
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WELL.....


I just road the bike with campy on my rollers for about 25 min. Obviously not ON THE ROAD and I'm not accustomed to it, BUT I didn't like it. I'll try the bike again tomorrow, but as of now I'll be sticking with the DA.
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
Sometime you have to give up a bit of quality and performance if you want the very best.
This should be their slogan. Campy is a favorite of the mechanics at my LBS-- helps keep them in business.
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I only put Shimano on my new road bike for the hydro discs, otherwise I would be all Campy, all the way. I vastly prefer the hood shape, shifting, and thumb shifter. My rim brake road bike has had Campy on it since 2011, and has been maintenance free, although the cables are finally getting gummed up.
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
Hey Folks!

I've got an opportunity to possibly switch from my current DA 7900 to Campy Super record 11 spead at no charge if I can help a friend sell some items for him. I've never ridden campy more than just around a parking lot so I'm not all that comfortable jumping at it. I LOVE my Dura Ace 7900 regardless if it is outdated or not. It shifts perfectly for me and I'm not all that concerned about needing another cog.

When I place my hands on the campy, it feels very comfortable. However, the thumb shifter seems like it would almost get in the way of my natural hand position while climbing out of the saddle. I'm sure I'd get used to it and the people that Have it seem to love it.

Is there anyone out there who has a negative experience with Campy super record?

thanks
Just think of how many bonus points Super Record would get you in the Hot or Not thread. On that basis alone it's worth the swap.

@PepeM started a thread a while back about switching to Campy that ended up locked for some reason, maybe he can elaborate.
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Just think of how many bonus points Super Record would get you in the Hot or Not thread. On that basis alone it's worth the swap.

@PepeM started a thread a while back about switching to Campy that ended up locked for some reason, maybe he can elaborate.
The following is not my opinion, but the overall conclusion of said thread:

Go Campy. It increases your swagger tenfold. It just screams 'I get it.' Shimano is for engineering-type nerds who care for such things as functionality and get excited when looking at a scatter plot. You just know the Campy groupo will go great with those MAAP kits of yours. Don't overthink it, just go for it. Passion. Italian craftsmanship.
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If what you have works well, why change it? On the other hand, I think (old school alloy) Campy is prettier. Modern carbon Campy doesn't have that same aesthetic advantage. I do like the thumb shifter and multishifts though.
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Originally Posted by PepeM View Post
Go Campy. It increases your swagger tenfold. It just screams 'I get it.' Shimano is for engineering-type nerds who care for such things as functionality and get excited when looking at a scatter plot. You just know the Campy groupo will go great with those MAAP kits of yours. Don't overthink it, just go for it. Passion. Italian craftsmanship.
All of this, obviously.
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Go Campy. It increases your swagger tenfold. It just screams 'I get it.' .
The newest version of EPS actually has tiny speakers built into the RD that literally scream "I'm a rider of distinctive and excellent taste" in Italian when the rear EPS radar detects another cyclist alongside you. That's exactly the sort of thoughtful feature that makes Campy worth the premium over the soulless Shimano.
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
Just think of how many bonus points Super Record would get you in the Hot or Not thread. On that basis alone it's worth the swap.
depends on vintage of the cranks - which on which side of the great 2014MY chasm it falls
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How do you pronounce "Campagnola"?
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I have a bike with Ultegra 6800 and another with Athena 11. Both are great, but the more I ride it, the more I like the Athena. I find it easier to shift in the drops and prefer the shifting feel which I find "heavier", for lack of a better term, when compared to 6800. Like many things, this comes down to personal preference.
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How do you pronounce "Campagnola"?
I had a T-Shirt I wore to high school - bout 1976 that said Campagnolo on it. I was asked several times where that camp was.
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the skeleton brakes also look 3 billion times better than shimano's
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
Campy is great stuff with the best materials and finish. Sometime you have to give up a bit of quality and performance if you want the very best.

Seriously, it is very well built and in the 7900 line may work as well as Shimano.

Shimano does very well in the 9000 and soon to be 9001 line.
That's a contradiction.

Count me as one of those went from Shimano to Campy and back. Not that I dislike Campy SR, but I just like DA better, no fuss and drama, and easy to work on.
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Originally Posted by dalava View Post
That's a contradiction.

Count me as one of those went from Shimano to Campy and back. Not that I dislike Campy SR, but I just like DA better, no fuss and drama, and easy to work on.
That was a joke...

I am a Shimano guy (3X DA Di2, 2X DA cables, 1SRAM red, older Campy). I'm ordering the 9001 soon.
I used to be an all Campy guy - C-Record days. I think the material on Campy certainly was better and age them both 20 years and the Campy looks better. But it is very hard to beat the Shimano function - and support.

As in comparing Italian cars to Japanese - or German ones, there is often more there than just a quality and performance equation.
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