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Campy front der...How important to get the "speeds" right?

Old 09-09-12, 06:40 PM
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Campy front der...How important to get the "speeds" right?

I'm switching to Campy 10 speeds from a Shimano 8. How important is it to use a Campy 10sp front der?
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Depends on the shifter.

Most Campy front shifters are basically ratchets, i.e. no indexing. I've used Ultegra, RX100, and a variety of Campy front derailleurs with my Campy 8, 9, and 10s drivetrains.

With 8s Shimano it may take a bit more cable to get the derailleur to move, I don't remember off hand if the pivots on the Shimano 8s pointed forward or out.

The lowest end Campy front shifters are indexed and then you need to use a Campy front derailleur, I think. Having never owned one I don't know.
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I'm using the Chorus ratchet front shifter. For the most part I was wondering if there were going to be any issues if the Shimano cage was wider.
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One of my bikes has 2009 Centaur shifters with a 1980 Campy "5 speed" front derailleur .... works perfectly
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I'm using a Campy Comp Triple FD on my daVinci. This setup gives me almost linear shifting over all four chainrings. The Campy FD did work best for my application and I tried several others (Microshift, Shimano, etc.). A triple would be less troublesome of course.
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Originally Posted by Lewis_Moon View Post
I'm using the Chorus ratchet front shifter. For the most part I was wondering if there were going to be any issues if the Shimano cage was wider.
Usually if the cage is wider it'll be wider at the rear. The front may be slightly narrower but if you have a metal front derailleur cage you can use some channel-locks and just squeeze the front part of the cage together a bit. I do this on all my metal front derailleurs, it makes them shift a bit quicker (usually speeds up the shift from the big chainring to the small one).

You should be fine.
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It should work. But if you've already got the 8-speed FD, try it and see if it works. If it doesn't, then go get a new FD.
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It should work. But if you've already got the 8-speed FD, try it and see if it works. If it doesn't, then go get a new FD.
The old Dura Ace I have on there now is working well, other than becoming cranky on wet/muddy days. It's a PitA having to doosh it out every time I ride through a puddle....I'll probably stick with it for the time being and keep an eye out for a nice Record 10sp to complete the bling.
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