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Gear change: Campag or Shimano

Old 04-06-08, 05:16 AM
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Gear change: Campag or Shimano

What are the disadvantages/advantages of having the down shift on a little button on the side of the hood or having it the Shimano way – two levers or one? I've only ridden the Shimano but I'm thinking of specing Campag Centaur on my new bike.
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Old 04-06-08, 05:25 AM
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It doesn't matter at all.
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It's what ever floats your boat. I own both and like using both styles.
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Old 04-06-08, 06:15 AM
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Shift button = harder to reach in the drops.
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Old 04-06-08, 06:33 AM
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To me, its no comparison but others like one or the other. I think at some point you need to ride both to decide.
Campy all the way baby...intuitive...multiple gear switching...elegant and to me, more ergonomic. Lance rode Dura Ace and no arguing with his success however.
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Shift button = harder to reach in the drops.
Only if you have really small hands.

See the attachment to see how it works.
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Old 04-06-08, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Shift button = harder to reach in the drops.
Or it is set up wrong...

I have small hands and no problem reaching the paddle...



Just remember wheel compatibility...

I spend time changing the freehubs on my wheels back and forth between Campy and Shimano...

Not a big deal but a little hassle...
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They both switch gears very well. What's more important is which is more comfortable to you.
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Originally Posted by jimbud View Post
It's what ever floats your boat. I own both and like using both styles.
Same here.

It's entirely subjective personal preference.
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Originally Posted by squeegy200 View Post
Same here.

It's entirely subjective personal preference.
+1 - I too use both and believe the differences boil down to personal preference.
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Why not mix things up a bit and consider SRAM?
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Sram shifters and rear derailer. Dura Ace cranks and front derailer. Ultegra cassette. KMC X10 SL Gold chain.

done - next thread please.
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Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
Only if you have really small hands.

See the attachment to see how it works.

I have small hands, and found some very shallow bars. I haven't finished the bike yet, but I think shallow bars are the solution for small hands. Campy even shows Gimondi-style bars, like the old Cinelli 64 in the instructions.
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