I recently overhauled the handlebars on my commuter with a “drop” type bar, “road” disc brakes and campagnolo ergo “brifters” (on my shimano drivetrain). Below are the series of posts covering this.
- What is Shimergo?
- Luxy Handlebars
- Avid BB7 Road Brakes
- Campagnolo Veloce 10 spd Powershift Ergos
- Final Thoughts – 1000 miles
Since my initial conversion, I’ve added 2 bikes with a shimergo setup. That should just about sum up what I think about running Campy shifters with Shimano drivetrains. Money was “saved,” street cred was given by the 1% of cyclists who understand this is possible and I’m a converted man to “Brifters.”
The Veloce on my commuter are great. I wouldn’t change anything about them, and for the price, they get me where I need to be. The shifting of the front derailleur is a little wonky sometimes, but I manage. Every tool has a job – and for the price and use of my commuter, the Veloce is the correct tool. For me.
The DaVinci Tandem sports Chorus – which has the QS Micro and shifts the front derailleur like a dream. Of course, the DaVinci tandem has 4 front chain rings. Boo-ya! And the Chorus handles it just fine. The DaVinci also has Shusterman’s modified Sram X9. If you’re following along, that’s 36 gears!
The Circle A got “converted” from bar ends to Chorus as well. I run a compact double up front and there are no issues there. I love the ability to trim. I run an 8spd out back, 11-32, with an Ultegra long cage (GS). I hit all my gears, shifting is crisp and immediate.
Makes one wonder how they lived without it…
A quick note on Chorus QS shifters/brake levers. You can save ~$100 (+/- depending on the day) buying from reputable dealers in the UK. And that’s delivered to your door step. We all know what I think about ordering from across the pond. Let your conscious, or lack thereof, dictate what you do.