I recently converted my commuter bike from XT levers to Campy Ergo shifters. I did the
conversion myself after researching options to mixing the two brands of components. I am assuming
that you like Campy Ergo levers and want to use them to shift your road bike. If you don't like
Campy Ergo levers, this summary is not for you. Here are some of the advantages that I found in
mixing the two brands
1. Campy levers are more reliable for me and can be repaired if needed. If a Shimano STI lever
fails, you throw it away. Sorry, I've had too much trouble with Ulterga STI on a Cannondale
tandem. In an 18 month period, we went through five levers. Three on the right and two on the
left. Lance might ride'em, but he's not paying for mine!
2. Shimano makes some great hubs for use in all weather terrain. Shimano compatible hubs are
readily available from premier hub builders like Phil Wood, Chris King, Hadley and White
3. Shimano and Shimano compatible cassettes from SRAM and others are of excellent quality, very
durable, and offer the widest/lowest gear range options. Even with a Campy triple, I wanted to
have lower gears options that are currently not available using Campy's stock cassettes.
4. I was already accustomed to using the Ergo levers. I liked the hoods and feel of the clicks.
5. Campy doesn't make hubs that are designed for tandems. You can buy Campy compatible hubs,
but you still face the gear range limitations already mentioned. So, if you would like Campy
shifting on your tandem, you will need to mix the two brands. I also own a
daVinci road tandem
that uses Campy levers and a Shimano rear cassette.
6. If you want integrated shifting and braking and also want nearly as much flexibility in trimming
your front derailleur as you get with a barcon control, you can get that with a Campy Ergo lever.
Finding out how to combine the two brands was interesting. The information was out there,
but it took some looking. What I wrote here was not pioneered by me. I spent some time finding out
what other riders and mechanics did in the past and put the information in one easy to read place. I
thought that this was a topic that needed a summary. The summary uses hyperlink text so that you
can also follow any link, the text in blue print, by click on it. Make sure you are first connected to
the internet before clicking. Clicking on the link will open a window in your internet browser or
email program. Where a technique was specifically discussed or developed by someone, I tried to
list their email and web address.
I found five ways to mix Campy Ergo levers with Shimano rear hubs:
1. Use a Campy Racing Triple, aka, Racing T, or Record Triple rear derailleur with Campy Ergo 9
speed levers and a Shimano 8 speed cassette -what da Vinci designs does on their tandems.
2. Use a VeloParts Inc, aka Shimagnolo, adapter-what I used for my conversion-with Campy
Ergo 9 or 10 speed levers, a Shimano rear derailleur (e.g, XT, XTR), and a Shimano 8 or 9
3. Use a Wheels Manufacturing Accelerator cassette with Campy Ergo 9 speed levers and a