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Shimano/Campagnolo compatibility

Postby xavdav » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:06 pm

I have two road bikes : an old restored steel frame set up in Campagnolo-10 speed- and a commuter/rain bike set up in Shimano-9 speed.
The commuter has a set of wheel quite ordinary (shimano WHR 500). I would like to use one of the wheel set that I use on "the Sunday bike" but it has a Campagnolo cassette. I had a little play this arvo and change the 10 speed Campa free wheel into a 9 speed Campa free wheel by removing the biggest cog: no problem there, I fitted it on the bike and after adjusting the rear derailleur, it shifted perfectly : Campa free wheel with a Shimano drive train. :| .
My question is: if I take the bike for a serious ride (or several), am I set to destroy
a/ the Shimano chain :evil: ?
b/a set of Campagnolo cogs :cry: ?
c/both of them :shock: ?
d/none of them :D ?
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by BNA » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:42 pm

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Re: Shimano/Campagnolo compatibility

Postby rustychisel » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:42 pm

none of the above; it'll likely be fine. Set your indexing correctly on the 4th cog (counting in from smallest) and the variation in cable pull will hardly be noticable.
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Re: Shimano/Campagnolo compatibility

Postby grumpybastard » Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:02 pm

If i recall correctly the sprocket spacing is only a fraction of a mm different between the campag and shimano?
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Re: Shimano/Campagnolo compatibility

Postby rustychisel » Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:19 pm

you recall correctly. Do yopu ride a Merckx?
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Re: Shimano/Campagnolo compatibility

Postby xavdav » Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:44 pm

Thank you for the advice, I will give it a go tomorrow morning.
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Re: Shimano/Campagnolo compatibility

Postby grumpybastard » Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:28 am

rustychisel wrote:you recall correctly. Do yopu ride a Merckx?


Yep 93 Corsa i have just posted some pics in the bike gallery :lol:
http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=251796#p251796

Sorry for hijacking your thread xavdav :oops:
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Re: Shimano/Campagnolo compatibility

Postby Thoglette » Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:01 pm

grumpybastard wrote:If i recall correctly the sprocket spacing is only a fraction of a mm different between the campag and shimano?



CTC UK have a rather good page on rear derailleur/shifter combinations.
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Re: Shimano/Campagnolo compatibility

Postby xavdav » Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:04 pm

Thoglette wrote:
CTC UK have a rather good page on rear derailleur/shifter combinations.

0.2 mm per cog more for a shimano cassette is the difference, it did not show muchdifference on the shifting this morning when I took it for a ride :) Thank you very much to all for your imputs.
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Re: Shimano/Campagnolo compatibility

Postby ft_critical » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:27 pm

grumpybastard wrote:If i recall correctly the sprocket spacing is only a fraction of a mm different between the campag and shimano?


I have an old (from when I had a Shimano gear bike) DT Swiss Wheel for the Trainer with a fairly used Ultegra cassette. I have been scouting about for some discount campy compatible wheels. Got sick of it, so I put the Shimano wheel and cassette on my Campagnolo Chorus (both 10sp) rig and it works, no problems. I have given it some intervals on the trainer and it doesn't miss a beat.
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