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Campag 9 - 10 speed issue

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by ejls2, 30 Jun 2008.

  1. ejls2

    ejls2 Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    in amidst all the furore over Campag's 11 speed razzamatazz I was hoping someone might be able to give me some info about humble 9 speed drivechains!

    I have a winter bike which I am replacing a few components on. It currently has 9 speed campag kit but one day I would like to make the move up to 10 speed veloce-ish level kit.

    I currently have mirage 9 speed shifters, centaur 10 speed from mech, veloce 10 speed chainset, record 9 speed chain and xenon 9 speed rear mech (aka a bit of a hodgepodge!). It works fine but the xenon mech is dying rapidly and I need a replacement.

    Would I be able to buy a current (or say last years) 10 speed rear mech and use it with my 9 speed shifters or will this all go horribly wrong?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated,

  2. A 10-speed rear mech may work but you'd probably have to do a bit of faffing about to get it working smoothly. Best bet would be to get a 9-speed rear mech and save yourself some grief. Ebay is probably your best bet for starters
  3. Will1985

    Will1985 Über Member

    South Norfolk
    I'll be in the same boat over the New Year I hope. The answer is to get a 10s chain, 10s jockey wheels, a 10s cassette and then fiddle around to change the RH ergo ratchet (Mercian cycles can even do this bit for you).

    9 and 10 speeds use the same geometry so you can do this. 10 to 11 won't be possible in this respect I believe.

    Also, keeping your current ergos will allow you to shift several cogs at once if you like that. I have Xenon which is just like the shifting on current ergos.
  4. OP

    ejls2 Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the replies. I think I may well just get a mirage derailleur and give that a go and then upgrade the rest when I've got the cash.


  5. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    It will work perfectly.

    I am running a ten speed Xenon rear with 9 speed Mirage shifters, and ten speed Veloce shifters with nine speed Veloce rear on the other bike. No issues whatsoever.
  6. Proto

    Proto Veteran

    Why don't you swap the rear mechs over?
  7. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    1/ I prefer the Veloce to be on my best bike.
    2/ There is absolutely no need.
  8. Proto

    Proto Veteran

    Veloce on best? It can't be much of a bike. :sad:
  9. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Well it's a step above Dura Ace :sad:
  10. Proto

    Proto Veteran

    Good point and well presented. :ohmy::biggrin:
  11. I'm running 10spd Centaur chainset and chain with 8spd Veloce everything else. It looks a bit gash but works lush.