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Campy Rcord carbon longevity?

Old 09-09-04, 01:50 AM
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Campy Rcord carbon longevity?

I really like the look of the Campy Record carbon components. But, what is there longevity compared to the Alloy components? And durability?
I like the carbon derailleur they have, but being a moving part under load, I can't help but think it doesn't have a very long lifespan.
I have to admit, when I invest in something that pricey, I would want it to last, and last, and last, like the energizer bunny. Still going.......
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I have had a full carbon Record group for about four months now. I've kept a close eye on all of my components, especially my crank, and so far everything is still tip top. The derailleurs are doing just fine, but I guess I'll have to reply to this thread in a couple years before making a real judgment.

Provided you avoid serious crashes and maintain your bike well, Record components should last every bit as long as any other brand component if not longer.

This reminds me of a thread I read a few months back where somebody stated, "If I ever go down in a race, you can bet I'll throw myself in front of my Ergo shifters to protect them." Heh, I know what that fella means now.
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hehe. I can inderstand why, especially for that price. I know the alloy components hold up good, but those CF parts, hmmmmmmmm.........only time will tell, eh?
I would love a full Record carbon group. So cool. Gotta start saving.
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Well I recently had a fatal crash on my Record Carbon gruppo (fatal to the bike). The crash broke both levers and my alluminum frame. My LOOK Cx6 carbon pedals, Carbon handle bars and the Record derailuers all survived. I feel that if I'd had alloy levers they would have suffered the same type of failure. The levers themselves didn't break they broke at the pivot. As for durability I doubt that I'll ever put enough miles on the gruppo to wear it out and I ride a lot, about 175-200mi per week. I put the same amount on my 9 speed Record gruppo for 5 years and it never gave me a hint of a problem.
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Originally Posted by Patriot
I really like the look of the Campy Record carbon components. But, what is there longevity compared to the Alloy components? And durability?
I like the carbon derailleur they have, but being a moving part under load, I can't help but think it doesn't have a very long lifespan.
I have to admit, when I invest in something that pricey, I would want it to last, and last, and last, like the energizer bunny. Still going.......
The only durability issue should be the carbon crank vs the alloy crank. And that would only be an issue if you are a large and powerfull rider. I believe only the alloy cranks come in the 180mm length and with good reason I would assume. I have had the alloy Record cranks in 180mm for 3 years without a problem. I think the warranty is one year.

Bigger people just put much more of a load on the bike. Does not necessarily make them faster but it does break equipment.
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I don't think that the longevity of carbon fiber vs. aluminum is an issue with many well engineered (key point) products. It depends far less on the material than it does the engineering and manufacturing. If you trust Campy to do well with alloy parts, it might not be too great of a leap to trust them with carbon.

But I would suppose, and could be wrong in doing so, that the carbon parts you speak of are under far less of a load than something like a carbon crank.
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