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I've been riding a 1998 9 speed Chorus goup. My trusted mechanic at the LBS said the shifters are "getting pretty tired", even after a rebuild earlier this season replacing the small spring on the right shifter. He said he's got a Record 10sp derailiur, shifters, cassette and chainrings that had been used on a demo that he can install for a good price. Anyone had experience going from Campy 9 to 10sp? Was there much of a difference in shifting?
Another thought crossed my mind: going right to an 11 speed. The Athena gruppo would look pretty with the alloy parts on this bike, which is a Serotta steel ride. I have heard though that the 11sp is more finicky than the 10sp needing more adjustment. Anyone have opinions on this?
 

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That makes the 10sp sound damn good

Hey Junior,
Thanks for replying. I'm looking forward to that extra bit of gearing. I Ride in VT and NH and we have lots of hills here. The kit that's available has the 13-29 cassette with med. cage derailliur. Not that different than the 13-28 9sp I have now, but there is a slight increase in gear advantage: the 26 as opposed to 25, and 29 as opposed to 28. Plus the addition of a 16 tooth cog in the middle section. You're probably right about the difference in aesthetics being minimal re: the new alloy Athena 11sp. Granted, Athena would give me the option of a 12-29. But I don't race, and when I'm up to speed find that tucking and coasting is as good as pushing a 12t cog. Besides, in this deal I could have the top of the line Record for less than the new Athena, which would also require me getting a new rear hub as the White Industries one I have is excellent, but incompatible with 11sp. I've had the same experience with 9sp parts too: Not that hard to find with Ebay and such.
 

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Got the 10sp Record. Beautiful but...

Well I went for the Record 10 speed group that was on the demo bike. Its the 2008 Ultra version and there were 500-600 miles on the group. Cost $925 installed with everything except I kept the brake callipers and front derailieur from my old 9 speed. Took it for a 40 mile hilly ride. Everything feels and works great with the exception of the front derailieur. He said even before the ride that it might not work as well as the one from the Record 10sp
group and unless its just a case of adjustment, that must certainly be true. I dumped the chain twice to the outside, once to the inside, and once it jammed up somehow. Some of the shifts were smooth and some made me think the chain was about to come off or jam up again. Never quite knew what to expect when I used that left shifter. So I'm going to have him put on the FD that goes with the group and hope that solves it. I'm a little surprised because I'd have thought the 9sp FD would work fine on a 10sp group.
 
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