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Where to buy a Campy group?

Old 03-21-12, 03:27 AM
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Where to buy a Campy group?

'sup roadies!

I ride primarily on dirt and have neglected my old Bianchi for quite a while. In an effort to start using my road bike more this year, I'd like to update the components. The bike currently has 9spd Campy Veloce group with standard 53/39 cranks. I'd like to get a new Campy group with a 50/34 compact crankset.

So my questions for the roadie gurus:

-Which is a good mid-level Campy group? I certainly don't need Record or Chorus.
-What's similar or a step above my old Veloce?
-Looks like 10spd is the new standard?
-Lastly, where's a good online store I can get a decent price for a new grouppo?
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Old 03-21-12, 03:41 AM
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I like Centaur and have bought from Ribble, Wiggle, and PBK in England.
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My Super Record order from Shiny Bikes should be here on Friday. I'm fairly certain that Shiny Bikes will be the cheapest you can find Campy.
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Old 03-21-12, 06:08 AM
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Centaur is a nice group set you can get the crank and shifters in carbon or alloy. Centaur is the step above Veloce.
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Shinybikes.com in the UK. Best prices I've seen on Campagnolo groups. I picked up my Record group for $1400. I saw Chorus recently for around $1060. I would not go with anything less than Chorus with the new groups because Athena and below can only shift up one gear at a time. One of the greatest things about Campy groups is the ability to shift up 5 gears with one push of the lever. You need Chorus, Record, or Super Record to get this feature now.
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VeloMine can often (but not always) match the UK shop prices and they are based in the US. I like the Athena group, specifically the 2010 group set, but that's going to be hard to find now. Campy had another case of stupid and changed the shifting setup on Athena and lower to try to put a bigger gap between its mid-range and high-end stuff. Read up on PowerShift (I think that's what they're calling it) vs Ultra-Shift. If you can get Chorus for around a grand, I'd say do it.
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Old 03-21-12, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
'sup roadies!


-Looks like 10spd is the new standard?
Campy's latest standard, for a few years now, is 11 speed
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There's probably a subset of riders that don't care about multiple shifting, so Powershift would be OK for them (but not me).
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Old 03-21-12, 11:16 AM
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Yeah, I actually don't like multiple shifting because I have Shimano and SRAM bikes as well and the whole multi shifting effs me up. I also like the redesigned hoods with the powershift, so it was a-ok for me. Plus I have Centaur 10 speed shifters coupled with an older, used Record that I got for a song and it all shifts like buttah.

I got my stuff from PBK, Wriggle, the bay and my LBS (which is often a good place to check because they might have older NOS stuff laying around that they want to get rid of for a discount).
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ok, for all of you who have made a purchase from any of those UK vendors, did you have to pay any kind of import duty or tax? or did you just pay the advertised price and shipping/insurance if appilcable?
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I've never had to pay import duty on anything and I've bought a lot of stuff. One caveat is that the largest items I've ever bought from there was a crankset and fenders.
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Originally Posted by pdxtex View Post
ok, for all of you who have made a purchase from any of those UK vendors, did you have to pay any kind of import duty or tax? or did you just pay the advertised price and shipping/insurance if appilcable?
I was not charged any duty or tax. While shiny bikes adds a somewhat hefty shipping charge, it was still cheaper than any other alternative I found whether domestic or UK-based.
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Originally Posted by Nugga22 View Post
I was not charged any duty or tax. While shiny bikes adds a somewhat hefty shipping charge, it was still cheaper than any other alternative I found whether domestic or UK-based.
+1 on the cost and shipping cost. Same for the taxes. I've bought now 3 groups from them.
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Cool thank guys. Shiny bikes has some great prices.
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Originally Posted by pdxtex View Post
ok, for all of you who have made a purchase from any of those UK vendors, did you have to pay any kind of import duty or tax? or did you just pay the advertised price and shipping/insurance if appilcable?
As I recently learned, you only pay an import tax on complete bikes, frames, or wheels, which are considered "bicycle accessories" for some reason. Small parts or "components" do not get taxed.

Read this thread I started the other day:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-UK?highlight=
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