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Campy thumb wrestling

Old 03-03-07, 12:51 PM
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Campy thumb wrestling

Just about to get into a new bike, and migrating from DA downtube shifters. I went to a LBS and noticed that Campy shifters make it exceedingly difficult to use the thumb buttons, especially when in the drops. Shifting from the hoods seemed to be problematic as well, as I found myself having to re-position my hands on the hoods just to get to those thumb buttons. I don't like the thought of this during a race. Now, I realize that it may just be because their campy demo bike was setup goofy (or a different set of bars could remedy this problem), but I wanted to get some feedback on this. I really wanted to try the SRAM double-taps, but they didn't have a bike set up with these. As far as the STI shifters are concerned, I really liked that you could control all the shifting with one or two fingers, but the hoods felt a little bulky for my hands. I'm also concerned about the lack of trim, as opposed to that of the Campy shifters.

I figure that the comfort level of the shifting will determine which of the three groupset makers to go with.

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Old 03-03-07, 12:53 PM
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Try playing around with handlebar angle. Shifting with Campy should be pretty intuitive and painless. Campagnolo shift levers also take a few hundred miles to shake the stiffness out of them - at first they will feel a little hard to push.
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ive never had a problem using the thumb shifter on campy stuff.
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Being a Shimano man for years, switching to Campy has been a study on rewiring...I am still pushing the brake lever instead of the thumb shifter periodically...

It is becoming easier and would not say shifting is difficult...

I have smaller hands and the Campy hoods are by far more comfortable than the Shimano hoods...

I am yet converted but I am coming around...
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Depending on the angle of the shifters and the size of your hands.... Campy shifters can be much easier to shift from the drops than ShimaNO.
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I'm not Campy - at least not yet - but I don't see how it could ever be easier to shift from the drops. Quicker, perhaps...
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i can shift from the drops easily..just have to play around with the angle a bit...
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It's really not that hard....

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Originally Posted by Max Viotu
I went to a LBS and noticed that Campy shifters make it exceedingly difficult to use the thumb buttons, especially when in the drops.
d00d! i just found this picture of you on teh interwebz!

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Campy shifters are really dependent on the bar angle. The bottoms of the drops must be as close to level as possible, along with the tops of the hoods. Somone find the diagram. Campy levers arnt very "fred" bar angle compatible.
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I just got a used bike with Campy and am having the same thumb shifting from the drops issue. It's a bit awkward, but maybe fiddling with the bar angle and lever placement will help.
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How do you shift from the hoods with Campy? Do you have to lift your hand off and move it back to get to the thumb-shifter?
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Man, does anyone ride a bike with Campy first, or do they just buy it?

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Originally Posted by cslone
Man, does anyone ride a bike with Campy first, or do they just buy it?

I had actually ridden a Campy bike once in my whole life (a 10-minute store test ride) before responding to the Craigslist ad in which I purchased my Bianchi Veloce. Haven't look backed since.

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How do you shift from the hoods with Campy? Do you have to lift your hand off and move it back to get to the thumb-shifter?
No. It's easy. You can reach the thumb shifter without any hassle from the normal position. Just try it out sometime.
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I can hit the thumb button without moving my hand, just my thumb and hit it for the shift. Works from both the hoods and the drops.
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Originally Posted by the beef
I had actually ridden a Campy bike once in my whole life (a 10-minute store test ride).... Haven't look backed since.
me too.
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You must have all thumbs on both of your left feet.....
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I have a bike with shimano and one with campy. I also dislike shifting with the thumb lever from the drops. I've played around with the bar angle and brifter placement, but it has never felt as easy as the shimano shifters. Don't know why some people love it so much.
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The same reason I hate Shimano shifters. They're uncomfortable(to me) and the shifting between the big/small lever is just counter intuitive(to me). I can hit any cog from any position of my bar with Campy shifters.
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It's a Campy thing....you wouldn't understand
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Originally Posted by galen_52657
It's a Campy thing....you wouldn't understand
I've got a bumper sticker for that

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Originally Posted by dekalbSTEEL
It's really not that hard....

It would be great if you could post a similar pic trying to hit the thumb button while standing during a steep climb pulling on the hoods.

When I was demoing the Campy, I found the thumb buttons were behind my natural grip on the hoods, and I'd have to re-position my hands by pulling them back in order to shift.

For me it felt cumbersome, but I'm open for feedback from those of you that make the Campy system work.
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Are you trying to shift using the tip or end of your thumb? When I'm out of the saddle or have my hands on hoods, I stretch back a little and hit the thumb shifter with the joint of my thumb. If you try to use the end of the thumb, yeah, you end up having to rotate your hands to the outside. The motion isn't so much "down" as it is "squeezing" your thumb.
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Originally Posted by Max Viotu
It would be great if you could post a similar pic trying to hit the thumb button while standing during a steep climb pulling on the hoods.

When I was demoing the Campy, I found the thumb buttons were behind my natural grip on the hoods, and I'd have to re-position my hands by pulling them back in order to shift.

For me it felt cumbersome, but I'm open for feedback from those of you that make the Campy system work.
Yeah, it does get aggravating when I'm trying to shift into the 11t while pulling up on the hoods on a steep climb. Stupid Campy..
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Originally Posted by Max Viotu
It would be great if you could post a similar pic trying to hit the thumb button while standing during a steep climb pulling on the hoods.

When I was demoing the Campy, I found the thumb buttons were behind my natural grip on the hoods, and I'd have to re-position my hands by pulling them back in order to shift.

For me it felt cumbersome, but I'm open for feedback from those of you that make the Campy system work.
yeah, why would you need to do that?
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