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Old 02-14-2011, 06:25 PM   #18886
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Near Rutherfordton? I grew up in Hickory and went to Gaston College.

Just north of Morganton about half way up the hill to the Parkway.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:47 PM   #18887
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Nice! Watch out for the locals in Burke county!
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:53 PM   #18888
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Anybody out there running Campagnolo groupsets? I am seriously pondering a wicked deal on an Athena gruppo, but i have no experience with Campy.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:52 AM   #18889
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That's a cool setup. Is there some kind of gap where the two meet? What happens if you start to tip over? Where do you put your foot?
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:00 AM   #18890
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I don't have a whole lot of experience with Campy stuff, but do know that consumables like chains and cassettes can be pricey. Great stuff otherwise.

Gotchas include a different diameter head on the shifter cables. You can make the Shimano/SRAM stuff work with a little filing. AMHIK

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Old 02-15-2011, 08:15 AM   #18891
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All my Campy stuff is ancient, so doesn't translate to today I am betting.
My old Super Record and C-Record stuff is wonderful to look at use and adjust. I recall Campy cables back in the day were larger diameter than all the others so didn't really ever stretch. The wheel bearings, heads, and bottom brackets adjust once and perfect. Shimano and back then Suntour seemed to need fiddling and were always either a snick too tight or too loose.

The new Shimano stuff I've got reminds me of those days, just set it and ride.

The new campy stuff that is the top end is real pretty looking. I don't know anything about the lower priced Campy stuff.
Personally I'd go for the Shimano or SRAM stuff. near the top level seems to work really well.

Funny thing, the rear brake on my old mountain bike is a budget level V-brake from Performance, it is as good feeling as the front XT.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:12 AM   #18892
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my Campy stuff is from the mid 70s, classic N.R. and early S.R. At the time, it was vastly superior to the Simplex and Huret alternatives, but a few years later Suntour and later Shimano kicked its ass for usability and price.

As Mr Head says, real purdy. I recall the campy cables were braided, not just thicker.

I think I'd stick with Shimano or SRAM on anything new, too. Unless you LIKE burning money.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:35 PM   #18893
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That's a cool setup. Is there some kind of gap where the two meet? What happens if you start to tip over? Where do you put your foot?
I think it is two trees linked together, although I wimp out before the juncture, so I can't be certain. Will take a look see next time. If I feel like I'm going overboard, I just bunnyhop off the log for a cushy two wheel touchdown and keep pedaling. No sense in trying to be a hero. The under 30 crowd can lay claim to unceremonious dismounts. I'll try to stop and take some more pix of it tomorrow. Picked up a wagon wheeler tonight.
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:07 PM   #18894
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Well, after a lot of fiddling and mulling things over I decided I can't do the RAGBRAI. Too much work and other commitments, so something gets kicked to the curb.

The bicycle ride gets the call.

Oh well, at least there are other adventures out there.
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:17 PM   #18895
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Anybody out there running Campagnolo groupsets? I am seriously pondering a wicked deal on an Athena gruppo, but i have no experience with Campy.
I feel like I whore out these guys, but, they're straight-up and local to me. They stock, sell, and ride all component brands and will give a fair comparison. You may check their pricing compared to what you're looking at. As mentioned, they stock it all, multiples of it all. I've never seen so many component sets, or wheels.

Just found their Athena set, here.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:22 AM   #18896
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2.43 into a headwind 3/4 of the way. That last 1/4 of the ride was fun! Haulin ass and not tryin real hard to do it.



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Old 02-16-2011, 12:50 PM   #18897
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Anybody out there running Campagnolo groupsets? I am seriously pondering a wicked deal on an Athena gruppo, but i have no experience with Campy.
I've got a drive train of athena from the late 90's. I wanted sti type shifters .I liked the hard crisp click of Campy. I've sense returned to Shimano DA stuff. The Campy stuff I've got works great,never a problem. I've got a riding bud he likes his stuff He's got late 90's Record & Choris (or how ever it's spelled). The Bearing groups of Campy are great.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:07 PM   #18898
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Anybody out there running Campagnolo groupsets? I am seriously pondering a wicked deal on an Athena gruppo, but i have no experience with Campy.
That's sort of like asking "Ford or Chevy or Ram?" ...depends on who you ask.

I personally have run nothing but Campy (on my road bikes) for the last 15 years. I love the positive feel and the ability to trim the front derailleur (not possible on the last Shimano group I rode).
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:42 PM   #18899
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That's sort of like asking "Ford or Chevy or Ram?" ...depends on who you ask.

I personally have run nothing but Campy (on my road bikes) for the last 15 years. I love the positive feel and the ability to trim the front derailleur (not possible on the last Shimano group I rode).
I can trim my FD on my 4 yr old Dura Ace, wonder if they got rid of that recently?
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:40 PM   #18900
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I can trim my FD on my 4 yr old Dura Ace, wonder if they got rid of that recently?


New new D/A 'doesn't need it' so they eliminated that click

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