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Campagnolo Veloce Vs Sram Rival Vs 105/tiagra?

mogsawerble4mogsawerble4 Posts: 24
edited October 2012 in Road beginners
Looking at buying a better road bike after having a cheap sora equipped raleigh and wasn't sure about which group set to choose, I have read that you should attempt to try them all but this is difficult as there are no good bike shops near me (grrr!)

Thanks in advance for all replies.

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  • Try them all, see which you like.

    Campag and SRAM don't have ugly cranksets though.
  • rrsodlrrsodl Posts: 486
    JamesB5446 wrote:
    Try them all, see which you like.

    Campag and SRAM don't have ugly cranksets though.

    Obviously, you didm't understand the OP's post :D
  • juankerrjuankerr Posts: 1,099
    I've got 105 & Rival and prefer Rival.
  • RRSODL wrote:
    Obviously, you didm't understand the OP's post :D
    I did, he should make the effort.

    I like Campag, the guy above likes SRAM, OP might not.
  • nweststeynnweststeyn Posts: 1,574
    It's worth trying them, even if there are no shops nearby... Take a day to travel somewhere which stocks them all. The most important difference for me is hood shape, and for that reason I prefer Campag. I also prefer the 1 lever, 1 thumbshift of Campag and don't much like the 2 lever of Shimano.
  • Surely you must know friends who have bikes you can look at?

    I have Campag, I detest Shimano. My wife has Shimano, and detests Campag. That is why you really do need to try them, so you should find a way.
    Ridley Orion
  • Thanks for the advice, I'm going to a large bike shop soon and then I will see how each of them feels and make a decision.
  • rrsodlrrsodl Posts: 486
    For what is worth, I prefer compag cause they suit my small hands better. They come with a little device to make it more suitable for bigger hands but I don't know how well that works. On the other hand, Shimano has a device to make them more suitable to small hands but I have not tried that.

    I think that Shimmano look better on a bike though.

    I read somewhere that Cmpag are lighter than Shimano, no idea by how much.
  • RRSODL wrote:
    I think that Shimmano look better on a bike though.
    Really?
  • RRSODL wrote:
    I read somewhere that Cmpag are lighter than Shimano, no idea by how much.

    Inconsequentially. :lol:

    I mean, the difference in weight between Tiagra and Dura Ace is little enough as it is. :wink:
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,840
    RRSODL wrote:
    I read somewhere that Cmpag are lighter than Shimano, no idea by how much.

    C+ did a test recently, Apex vs 105 (new) vs Campag something (Centaur?)

    105 heaviest by about (wait for it) 500g - which is quite a lot really :shock:

    They liked Apex best, mostly due to insane gear range

    As others have said, it's a lot of money, try before you buy and post your results on here

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    I have Campag, I detest Shimano. My wife has Shimano, and detests Campag. That is why you really do need to try them, so you should find a way.

    Are we talking about wives or groupsets?
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  • nweststeynnweststeyn Posts: 1,574
    ^^^ teehee...
  • jonomc4jonomc4 Posts: 891
    I porsonally feel that Sram offers best value for money - but the "feel" of the groupset is very personal.
  • lostboysaintlostboysaint Posts: 4,252
    Big Campag fan. As someone else has said, the hood shape just works for me and the "one lever, one thumbie" is excellent. I had 10 speed Veloce on my first road bike, it was exemplary in it's shifting and reliability. I now have Centaur on current road bike and it's been, and continues to be, superb.
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  • Asprilla wrote:
    I have Campag, I detest Shimano. My wife has Shimano, and detests Campag. That is why you really do need to try them, so you should find a way.

    Are we talking about wives or groupsets?

    Definitely talking groupsets. My first wife didn't like any groupset, so I chopped her for one who did ;)
    Ridley Orion
  • kingrollokingrollo Posts: 3,148
    There all good. I prefer shimano - but campag has performed well for me in the past - as has sora.

    Personal preference - but I don't think theres a 'dud' amongst then
  • rrsodlrrsodl Posts: 486
    JamesB5446 wrote:
    RRSODL wrote:
    I think that Shimmano look better on a bike though.
    Really?

    Yes, personal taste :D but I still have campag on two bikes :)
  • SentralSentral Posts: 64
    Big Campag fan. As someone else has said, the hood shape just works for me and the "one lever, one thumbie" is excellent. I had 10 speed Veloce on my first road bike, it was exemplary in it's shifting and reliability. I now have Centaur on current road bike and it's been, and continues to be, superb.
    Having recently splurged £1200 on a bike equipped with Campag then suddenly having major buyers remorse after talking to a campag-hater, you've made me feel a lot better about the decision... Thanks! :D
  • PeeDeePeeDee Posts: 88
    I have tried all three manufactures and I wouldn't say any of them was a bad choice. Whichever you choose you will wish you had bought one of the others, then after a while you will decide you really like it after all.
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