Author Topic: Changing from STi to Campag  (Read 348 times)

Changing from STi to Campag
« on: November 05, 2020, 11:29:16 am »
I'm not happy with the Shimano 105 STi on the tandem.  I don't think the shifting is very good, I don't like the way the brake lever can swing while braking and the brake pivot digs into my forefinger while shifting to the big ring.  And talking about the brake pivot, I think it is too low for the best mechanical advantage when braking from the hoods.  One finger on the drops is far more powerful than a whole hand on the hoods.

Anyways, what options do I have to swap manufacturers?

Rear mech could use a shiftmate to convert??

Is there a type of Campag that would work with a Shimano triple front?

What about brake cable pull, I have full length V's with a travel agent on the front and a TRP Spyre road on the rear.

Thanks

Re: Changing from STi to Campag
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2020, 11:40:13 am »
Condor Cycles have some NOS Campag Centaur 10s ergo levers.

Re: Changing from STi to Campag
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2020, 12:49:25 pm »
Not sure about the latest Campag stuff but older front shifters were not indexed, just a ratchet so should work with any front mech.
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Re: Changing from STi to Campag
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2020, 01:08:14 pm »
Interesting, but does that mean I cannot have the new style levers with a ratcheting left hand?

Re: Changing from STi to Campag
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2020, 01:56:34 pm »
With the exception of Tiagra, I don't think there are any modern brifters which work with a triple front mech. I may well be wrong, though (and please correct me if I am). Unfortunately triples have disappeared from modern bikes.

I recently refurbished one of my old bikes for a lockdown project, and ended up putting downtube levers on it for just that reason. My other triple-equipped bike has end shifetrs, so no help there.

However I can tell you from experience that Campag levers work very well with Spyre brakes. I have the Potenza HO levers, which might make a difference (HO = hydraulically optimised, though bizarrely they use cables).

Re: Changing from STi to Campag
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2020, 01:58:25 pm »
With the exception of Tiagra, I don't think there are any modern brifters which work with a triple front mech.
How do you define modern?

Re: Changing from STi to Campag
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2020, 02:14:36 pm »
I use 2006 Campag 10 Speed Ergos on a Shimano 9 Speed drivetrain with a shiftmate on my tourer and have done since 2006.

I have done many, many thousands of trouble free miles on that setup.

The Ergos got refurbed by Condor about 5 years ago, the chainset and everything else has been replaced several times (except the front mech (Ultegra triple)) which is still going strong.

Edit: The rear mech is currently a fairly recent Deore. I originally ran an old XT. Works fine.

Condor Cycles have some NOS Campag Centaur 10s ergo levers.

They do indeed
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