Chris Chance road bike

yo bro

New member
hello fellow cogs!

i wanted to get opinions/recommendations on building up my 1996 (i think) Chris Chance road bike. right now it is a fast as hell single-speeder but, with an eventual move to Colorado in the works, i wanted to start tossing around ideas to convert to a 8/9/10 speed bike for all the climbing in my future. questions, questions, questions ....

what speeds should be at my disposal, (8/9/10)?
what size clamp is front derailleur, (bottom pull)?
are mounts on down-tube specifically for cable routing or braze on shifters? i'm assuming cable routing ...
shimano or campagnolo shifters/derailleurs? i'm leaning towards finding vintage campy.

any assistance towards these questions or bringing up anything i may have missed would be greatly appreciated!

happy trails/roads ahead,
james b
 

colker

Active member
hello fellow cogs!

i wanted to get opinions/recommendations on building up my 1996 (i think) Chris Chance road bike. right now it is a fast as hell single-speeder but, with an eventual move to Colorado in the works, i wanted to start tossing around ideas to convert to a 8/9/10 speed bike for all the climbing in my future. questions, questions, questions ....

what speeds should be at my disposal, (8/9/10)?
what size clamp is front derailleur, (bottom pull)?
are mounts on down-tube specifically for cable routing or braze on shifters? i'm assuming cable routing ...
shimano or campagnolo shifters/derailleurs? i'm leaning towards finding vintage campy.

any assistance towards these questions or bringing up anything i may have missed would be greatly appreciated!

happy trails/roads ahead,
james b

Campy Chorus, Athena, Record or Shimano Dura Ace.
 

laffeaux

New member
I rode a '98 Chris Chance for many years. It was a great riding frame.

what speeds should be at my disposal, (8/9/10)?

The spacing for 8, 9, 10, and 11 speed are all 130mm. You can use any of them.

what size clamp is front derailleur, (bottom pull)?

Pretty sure that its 28.6mm. And all road FDs are bottom pull.

are mounts on down-tube specifically for cable routing or braze on shifters? i'm assuming cable routing ...!

The down tube braze-ons are the same for down tube shifters or for routing integrated bar shifters (I'm not actually sure what the name of the piece is that mounts on to the braze on). But you can use either style of shifter on the bike. In the era when the frame was made, almost every new bike used integrated shifters.

shimano or campagnolo shifters/derailleurs? i'm leaning towards finding vintage campy.

I ride both, and both work well. I've found Campy 8-speed to be a little more finicky to set than Campy 10-speed or Shimano. I've not used Campy 9-speed which only existed for a really short time (maybe a year?). An advantage of Shimano is that it's interchangeable with mountain components - kind of nice on long mountanous rides when you can install a 30 or 32T cog and mountain derailler. An advantage of Campy is that it's not Shimano. ;) (Actually my only issue with Shimano is that all of their road components made after 9-speeds looks like crap on a steel frame.)
 

colker

Active member
I ride both, and both work well. I've found Campy 8-speed to be a little more finicky to set than Campy 10-speed or Shimano. I've not used Campy 9-speed which only existed for a really short time (maybe a year?). An advantage of Shimano is that it's interchangeable with mountain components - kind of nice on long mountanous rides when you can install a 30 or 32T cog and mountain derailler. An advantage of Campy is that it's not Shimano. ;) (Actually my only issue with Shimano is that all of their road components made after 9-speeds looks like crap on a steel frame.)[/QUOTE]

Any Campy will look good and work well. Unless you go Dura ace..
and yes, those Shimano road cranks of late look like 80s euro disco in a bad way.
 

tvcreative

New member
IF you wanna look at it, I like campy 8 speed

if you wanna ride it , i would deck it with dura ace 9 speed ala 2001

7701 series?

the stuff takes a pounding and looks good and would fit the bike's time period

Also, I would consider king hubs and headset for colorado...DT RR1 rims?
 

nader

New member
Chris King Road Bike Hubs?

Nadar not sure what you mean...they are bombproof
I don't know why, but somehow for me are dura ace or campa the only standard comps for a retro road bike ...ok shimano 600 would also be an alternative ..but king bubs :confused:

Well maybe I'm not an expert in the field :mad:
 

laffeaux

New member
King Road hubs are nice, but they have only be available for a few years. They'd look a bit out of place on an older frame. However, on a newer bike, they'd look great.
 

mainlyfats

Member
Why not a (mostly) American build? Phil Wood hubs (28h front/32h), WI VBC w/ti bottom bracket, Paul M Racers with Dura Ace/Ultegra derailleurs, brifters.
 
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