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High Gear said:
No, I was more thinking about the quality and hardness of the steel cogs. I know chrome plated is more harder than gavanization. But on the other hand, the knifes edge of the cog would probably take little time to break through any plate, then it would be up to the hardness of the steel to repel wear.
Having been in the machine repair business regular chrome isn't the same as "hard chrome." If Campy was using hard chrome then yes the cassettes would be better.

http://www.finishing.com/faqs/chrome.html

Read the section on decorative and hard chrome plating. Hope it helps.
 
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