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Would it be worth the money to upgrade from Centaur to Chorus?

Old 04-09-10, 05:43 PM
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Would it be worth the money to upgrade from Centaur to Chorus?

I'm buying a new road bike at my LBS with a Masi frame, full Campy Centaur and Campy Veloce wheels for $1,200. I know I'm probably not going to be replacing the gruppo for a very long time, so I figure I should get an above average gruppo and stick with it for a while. Would it be worth the extra money? And how much would it probably cost?


I haven't been riding much lately, but this summer I will be riding in France (Alsace) and plan on riding about 30 miles a day seeing as there's not much else to do in the tiny village I'll be in.

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Centaur is great. You won't be gaining anything but poseur points. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, upgrade wheels.
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The upgrade to Chorus will most likely just give you a weight change -- Campy's components are top of the line, no matter what tier. I ride on a mixed Centaur/Racing T/Random Campy group and I love it. I used to ride Shimano, but I really like Campy better and you'll be happy with Centaur.
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I thought the rule was, at least with shimano, that this years Dura-Ace is next years Ultegra...
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What kind of riding do you do?

How often, how far, how fast?
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centaur is an excellent group. it will provide you with many many trouble free miles.
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yep, no need to upgrade.
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I appreciate everyone's answers, I'll just stick with the Centaur and upgrade my wheels, hopefully to a new set of Campy Euruses by the end of the summer Also, when I'm riding, will it be too nerdy to where lycra shorts? I don't want to be a poseur or anything, but I can't really think of anything else I could wear comfortably on a 30 mile ride.
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Originally Posted by Shuke View Post
What kind of riding do you do?

How often, how far, how fast?
And what's his average speed?
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Originally Posted by cale_920 View Post
I appreciate everyone's answers, I'll just stick with the Centaur and upgrade my wheels, hopefully to a new set of Campy Euruses by the end of the summer Also, when I'm riding, will it be too nerdy to where lycra shorts? I don't want to be a poseur or anything, but I can't really think of anything else I could wear comfortably on a 30 mile ride.
Dude...why would you look like a poser for wearing bibs? Like...they're a cycling essential. Butt pad and all. Even if you wear them like a Fred with a 10 year old helmet, Nike sneakers, and a cotton t-shirt while riding a rental bike valued at $3-4k.



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No need to upgrade. Next if I decide to upgrade and even if funds are not limited most I am going to is Chorus 11 from Record 10. I know people who have gone from Record 10 to Athena 11 and are more than happy
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I don't really know my average speed, and I'm pretty sure I don't reach my full potential when riding my current bike, (70s Motobecane Grand Record with Shimano 600 and about 3 sizes too big), but I'd say I probably ride at about 20 mph on flats, not sure about climbing.
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Originally Posted by cale_920 View Post
I appreciate everyone's answers, I'll just stick with the Centaur and upgrade my wheels, hopefully to a new set of Campy Euruses by the end of the summer Also, when I'm riding, will it be too nerdy to where lycra shorts? I don't want to be a poseur or anything, but I can't really think of anything else I could wear comfortably on a 30 mile ride.
???

You're supposed to wear cycling shorts while cycling. And while you're at it, get a proper jersey too. You'll appreciate the zipper, pockets, and and longer tail.
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The Eurus are great, but I'd just get Zondas and save the cash. Great wheels.
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10 or 11 speed? I'd get 11 speed, since 10 speed is going to be harder and harder to find parts for...
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Originally Posted by DScott View Post
10 or 11 speed? I'd get 11 speed, since 10 speed is going to be harder and harder to find parts for...
In what decade? You can still get 9 speed stuff at any good shop(not Campy, I admit), 10 speed Campy will be available for awhile.

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In what decade? You can still get 9 speed stuff at any good shop(not Campy, I admit), 10 speed Campy will be available for awhile.
IME, it's already hard to find Record chains and cable sets for the 10S stuff, at least if you want them at a decent price (like from pbk). Besides, who wouldn't want a groupset where you can say, "this one goes to 11".
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Would it be worth it to upgrade to 11 speed Athena? I really want an 11 speed gruppo and Athena looks really nice, especially for the money.
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Would it be worth it to upgrade to 11 speed Athena? I really want an 11 speed gruppo and Athena looks really nice, especially for the money.
You have perfectly good 10 speed Centaur.
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I had a hard time getting a 10s campy cassette. Only Centaur and Veloce are still available, but I was looking for Chorus. I bought Centaur eventually and it is fine, but Campy doesn't continue to produce their older stuff the way Shimano does. They would rather you upgrade to the latest and greatest.
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