Campag Powershift Centaur

infopete
infopete Posts: 878
edited November 2012 in Road buying advice
My touring/wet weather bike is currently 9 speed Campag Centaur.

The left hand lever rattles and as the levers are well used I'm going to replace them for 10 speed levers.

What's the difference between Ergo and Powershift levers and would I notice the difference between Veloce or Centaur levers other than the name?
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Comments

  • The rattling is a very normal hit and miss Campagnolo feature, if that's the shifter lever rattling against the brake lever... a rubber band around the brake lever will solve the problem, I have seen the Lampre team doing it on Record ergs, so it's pretty much the same across the range.

    The newer power shift have a different cable release mechanism to the older ones, but they are not very good either... better to look in the after market for an old 9 speed one with a ratchet mechanism

    That said, if you lever shifts OK, keep it, as even new ones rattle.
    The difference between Veloce and centaur is = 0
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  • g00se
    g00se Posts: 2,221
    Powershift is similar to the older-shape 'Escape' levers - that is, the thumb lever is a button and not a lever - one click at a time. For 2011 onwards, it's on Veloce, Centaur and Athena.

    Ultrashift is the proper thumb lever, like the old shape non-escape ergo levers, though I believe the ratchet on the left lever for the front mech has less and bigger jumps than the older version. On 2011+ models, it's only available on Chorus, Record and Super Record. However, you can still get Ultrashift Veloce and Centaur levers new on ebay if you look for 2009 and 2010 models (old logo): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Campagnolo-Ve ... 27c8270300

    The difference in the Centaur and Veloce levers are cosmetic - some Centaur ones have carbon covered alloy levers - or red anodized bits. Some Veloce levers are plain alloy and not black.


    Also, if you use 10-speed levers, you'll need a 10-speed cassette - though the 9-speed mech should work OK.
  • infopete
    infopete Posts: 878
    Thanks everyone, It looks like I should stick to Veloce :)
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  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    g00se wrote:
    The difference in the Centaur and Veloce levers are cosmetic - some Centaur ones have carbon covered alloy levers

    FWIW, my Centaur levers are carbon - not carbon covered alloy. They probably feel nicer than the metal Veloce levers but that's it. As the others have said, the difference is minimal. At the moment, it's hard to find a sensible justification for chosing any Campag groupset aside from Veloce, Athena and Chorus. And the Athena is marginal!

    I wouldn't swap Ultrashift to Powershift full stop. I'd rather 9 speed Ultrashift to 10 or 11 speed Powershift.
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  • infopete
    infopete Posts: 878
    I wouldn't bother to swap my 9 speed at all but the rattle has to stop :)
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