Your Guide to Fixing Your Campagnolo Levers


The Campagnolo levers present a few challenges that were not evident over the last two decades, this guide will focus on idiosyncrasies and small details of fixing the Campagnolo. In addition, it is important to know that Campagnolo levers are now in their fourth incarnation, so the guide will use the current model as mark lls. It is important to know the very detailed steps of fixing Campagnolo levers. This is because from time to time changes need to be made on the levers. The steps below acts as a guide to the effective and efficient fixing of the Campagnolo levers.

Steps used to Repair Campagnolo

Shed Back the Hoods

Let us assume that your chain and derailleur are installed.  Before moving the levers onto the Campagnolo bars, it is important to shed back the rubber covers to gain way into T25 Torx nut used in tightening the clamp.  Be careful while shedding the hoods since they are expensive to replace and easy to rip.  Several rubber nibs hold the lot in place, so ensure to press them carefully before shedding the hood back using a small hooking device or spoke head. They ought to be pulled back far enough from the rear to the front to get access to the vulnerable and soft alloy Torx nut. The mark III hoods are easier to deal with and need only a 7mm Allen key, but go easy on them as well.

Arrange the Levers Evenly

Use a ruler or a tape measure to ensure the constant positioning of the levers. Discharge enough clamp tension to permit the lever body to slide effortlessly past any bends in the bars. Do not force it if it gets harder or stuck since the inner edges can break. You should unscrew the clamp, specifically on bars with several anatomic bends. Ensure the T25 key is wholly inserted; a heavy coating of the thread lock makes the clamp nut and bolt removal a challenge, but make haste to remove it. The Campagnolo levers come with shim for bigger hands and longer reach; place this between the lever body and bar before the final arrangement.        

Tighten Appropriately

Tighten the bolts slightly to allow some movements of the lever. Bestride the bike and ensure everything is even.  Ensure the Campagnolo levers are high enough to benefit from a comfortable cover position developed by a flat transition from the top bars.  The shape of the lever is designed to fit at most acute bar position part. If you position the lever over the broader portion of the bend lower down, where the bar is too large, the body of the bike is destroyed when tightening.  Using a torque wrench, torque about 12Nm. Otherwise, you can tighten with your Torx key to a point where the levers cannot be tighten using the body weight. Ensure the bars are firmly clamped.

Thread Cables

Inserting the Campagnolo cable into the lower body can be a challenge, one of the challenges being how to insert the cable through the body of the Campagnolo into the outer without leaving a bend.  This can affect indexing performance.  Pull the cable to its leading end as much as possible.  Any bend left can be trimmed off when finishing.  All bends in the inner body of the Campagnolo adversely affect shifting accuracy. 

Take Care of the O-ring 

The small O-ring is pressed into the body of the lever and can become dislodged when pushing the cable through.  The ring is vital in reducing friction, but it can easily be lost when fixing the Campagnolo.  In addition, pay attention to the pale yellow Teflon inserted in the previous step since it is irreplaceable. Make sure it does not fall out of the body and disappear.  Ferrules are no needed onto the Campagnolo body. Ensure you do not jam a 10mm brake ferrule into the 8mm gear opening. 

Cut Outers to Size

The plastic casing used for initiating compression is often brittle, specifically when exposed to cold conditions.  It fractures if cut reprehensively.  Therefore, smack the end with few turns of stiff tape before cutting. Use a smooth file to square the ends while holding firmly between your fingers.  Use a poking device to ensure the Teflon is not blocking the end.  It is vital to get the lengths right to contain the bars. Too short cables affect performance, especially when maneuvering at limited speed.

How to Buy Campagnolo Spare Parts on eBay

Before seeking an alternative spare part anywhere, see if there are listed on eBay Deals page. If you do not find anything, go directly to the eBay home page and enter “Campagnolo parts” into the search bar.  A list of products appears and you can choose from the thousands of items that suit your needs.  You can select the best spare parts by looking at the pictures of the items, reading their descriptions, and comparing their prices. Be sure to pay attention to detailed specifications of the spare parts.  The manufacturer, the material used to manufacture and the ratings that other clients have given the item are of much help in determining the best spare part listed on eBay.    

It is imperative that the above steps are taken systematically to ensure the Campagnolo is fixed in the best way possible.  Improper fixing of the bike will reduce its performance or even cause a dangerous accident to the user. In case you face a challenge fixing the Campagnolo, consider using this manual. 

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