Technical FAQ: Campy 11-speed and 10-speed parts compatibility

  • By Lennard Zinn
  • Published Sep. 9, 2009
  • Updated Feb. 24, 2011 at 9:40 PM EDT

Question: Any more updates on using Campy Record 11-speed shifters, chain, and cassette on an otherwise 10-speed Campy Record drivetrain? From a previous letter published in VeloNews you mentioned a friend in Oregon running a setup as described above. I’m considering the same setup. Any word on how it’s working out would be appreciated.


Dear Charles,

I had sent my 11-speed shifters for a long time off to Todd Telander, the artist who has illustrated almost all of my books. While he was doing the illustrations for the third edition of Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance this past winter and spring and into the summer, I was without my 11-speed shifters. So I rode my bike with 10-speed shifters with 11-speed derailleurs. In fact, I used a 10-speed Centaur right lever and a Record left lever. And it worked fine with a 10-speed Campy chain and cogset.


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Lennard Zinn

Lennard Zinn

Our longtime technical writer joined VeloNews in 1987. He is also a framebuilder, a former U.S. National Team rider, and author of many bicycle books, including Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance and Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, as well as Zinn and the Art of Triathlon Bikes and Zinn's Cycling Primer: Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College. Readers can send brief technical questions to Ask LZ.

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