the problem with mixing and matching incompatible parts (in terms of indexing) is it all works when everything is crisp and new. Similarly, what sometimes doesnt work when new, sorta works when mechs and pivots get older and sloppy. Even then, what one man thinks is a good index is not satisfactory for another - it depends how fussy you are.
That's exactly what the LBS said. In fact, when I came in to show off that the much-doubted Shimegro setup worked like a dream they invited me to come show them again in a few months time when things had worn a bit.
Regarding the quality of the indexing: no doubts here I'm afraid. It's not a matter of the quality of the indexing - it won't
index. Even with the bike riderless, the chain jumps and skips, moves more than one sprocket at a time - just like when your drivetrain is badly worn, or you've tried to replace part of a worn drivetrain with a new component.
That it even does this with the Campag-spaced Mavic cassette leads me to think its either the cable or the chain.
Old Ned wrote:
Ambrosio make Campag splined cassettes to fit Shimano hubs and vice-versa (at least in 10 speed) so you should be able to get a working set of gears no matter which hubs you have (if you are on 10 speed of course).
I've got one! Got one and lost one of the spacers. Those Ambrosio cassettes are horrible, cheap and heavy. When shifting I didn't get that positive "thunk" noise you get with a decent cassette. Very vague and wooly, and it looked horrible.
Still though, the gearing problem has left a bike I've chucked a lot of money at abandoned in my bedroom - if it means getting it back on the road, I might just get another one and live with it.
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