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So I'm looking to grab me a compact chainset to achieve a better cadence. I've currently got a centaur, pain in the ass power torque chainset. The rest of the group is 10 speed Campagnolo. The replacement chainsets are way more expensive for Campag, obviously, so I am wondering whether it's worth just grabbing a Ultegra chainset instead which are much cheaper, plus they come in the semi compact varieties.

My question is, will they run just as well? Or shall I just suck it up and buy the Campag one.

Thanks all.

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Flying Scot [918 posts] 2 years ago
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KMC SRAM and Wipperman all do chains that work with 10 speed Campag, I'd buy those before I used a Shimano chain on it.

Campag chains are finished and tested to a very high standard though and like Wipperman are worth extra, unlike Campag cassettes which are just stupid money.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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I am actually talking about a chainset, not a chain, thanks though

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Flying Scot [918 posts] 2 years ago
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Whoops.....Shimano chain sets are just plain ugly though, please don't!

As long as you also swap the bottom bracket, it should work though.

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dunnoh [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Merlin have some cheap campag stuff at the moment

http://www.merlincycles.com/2011-campagnolo-carbon-chainset-sale-68386.html

£120 quid

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Welsh boy [293 posts] 2 years ago
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Flying Scot wrote:

Shimano chain sets are just plain ugly though, please don't!

Have a look at SRAM chainsets, 110mm PCD and loads of aftermarket ring available, i use 38/50 on mine, i find the jump of 16 teeth way too big. I have also tried a 36 inner ring but found i prefer the 38.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Flying Scot wrote:

Whoops.....Shimano chain sets are just plain ugly though, please don't!

As long as you also swap the bottom bracket, it should work though.

I dont agree necessarily, but i see where your coming from

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s_lim [176 posts] 2 years ago
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Wowowowowwww! Right, before you go anywhere, get yourself to eBay. I've upgraded to Chorus 10 speed (with Record chainset and front mech) for less than £300 this year. Give it a look before you stick some fugly shimano on your bike.

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Derny [113 posts] 2 years ago
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A Shimano 10 speed chainset will work fine with the rest of the Campagnolo drivetrain. The Shimano chainset may not be the finest looking (depending on your taste) but it is nevertheless a great product from the functional perspective. My impression is that the Dura Ace 7800 triple and 7900 compact I am riding are considerably stiffer than the Record 2004 and Record 2007 chainsets I replaced, and certainly less creaky.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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I am always scouring ebay, but centaur chainsets and up seem to go between 80 and £200 alone, how you managed to upgrade the entire groupset for sub £300 is beyond me, luck i guess.

@Derny, i have always heard Shimano chainsets were stiffer, someone like me is unlikely to feel the difference however.

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s_lim [176 posts] 2 years ago
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Miles253 wrote:

I am always scouring ebay, but centaur chainsets and up seem to go between 80 and £200 alone, how you managed to upgrade the entire groupset for sub £300 is beyond me, luck i guess.

@Derny, i have always heard Shimano chainsets were stiffer, someone like me is unlikely to feel the difference however.

Record cranks - £105
Record front mech - £20
Chorus shifters - convinced a guy to go Buy it now for £95
Chorus rear derailleur - £65

Just luck of the draw.

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Derny [113 posts] 2 years ago
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You might be surprised! The stiffness of the modern Shimano chainrings shows up in better front shifting as well. I also value a bike which runs relatively silently, and I could not achieve that with the modern Campagnolo cranks.

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harman_mogul [224 posts] 2 years ago
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Claptrap surely about Campagnolo cranks not running 'relatively silently'. All modern chainsets, fitted correctly and operating within their design parameters, run properly.

Agree with Derny that Dura Ace sets are very good, esp the 7800 triple. I don't think we shall see its like from Shimano again.

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Derny [113 posts] 2 years ago
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harman_mogul wrote:

Claptrap surely about Campagnolo cranks not running 'relatively silently'. All modern chainsets, fitted correctly and operating within their design parameters, run properly.

My mechanical powers were quite unequal to the task of eliminating the creaks and ticks of my Record crankset. I eventually gave up. Best of luck to the fellow who picked it up at the swap meet!

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Derny wrote:
harman_mogul wrote:

Claptrap surely about Campagnolo cranks not running 'relatively silently'. All modern chainsets, fitted correctly and operating within their design parameters, run properly.

My mechanical powers were quite unequal to the task of eliminating the creaks and ticks of my Record crankset. I eventually gave up. Best of luck to the fellow who picked it up at the swap meet!

Equally, despite tonnes of tuning and melding I cannot get mine to run smooth!

Which is frustrating