Campagnolo Chorus Carbon Ergo Shifters

Though it is nearly 2014, I just installed “modern” shifters on my De Rosa – 8 speed Campagnolo Chorus Carbon Ergo Shifters that were first released in the mid-90’s. I am catching up. At this rate, I should be fitting a Campagnolo 11 speed setup on my De Rosa around 2028.

I bought these shifters on eBay and when I took them apart to rebuild them, I saw that the right spring carrier was broken into two pieces. I bought the current version of the spring carrier at my local bike shop and with a Dremel cut-off wheel, modded them to fit.

I had previously been using Campagnolo Record SL-01RE CG downtube shifters. With my last rear wheel build, I graduated from a 7 speed freewheel to an 8 speed Campagnolo Chorus freehub. My Campagnolo Syncro shifters only had a 7 speed insert and with CT cranks (50-34), I was spinning out of gears at about 30 mph. I wasn’t using the smallest rear cog because I needed the largest cog to get up hills. Now I can use all the gears in the freehub and don’t start spinning out until I reach 35 mph.

On my first ride, I only reached for the no-longer-there downtube shifters three times.

Campagnolo Chorus Brakes

I upgraded my De Rosa’s brake calipers from a 43-year-old design (Campagnolo Super Record) to a 17-year-old design (Campagnolo Chorus). The “new” calipers (the eBay seller called them “vintage”) are dual-pivots with Campagnolo and Chorus imprinted on the brake arms. I used lined housings and stainless steel cables so in all, the stopping power feels like a significant upgrade over the Super Record calipers I was using. The new calipers seem to work OK with the mid-80’s C-Record levers although the quick releases on the levers to open up the calipers for wheel changes are a little inadequate because I’m using a 25mm wide rear tire.