After giving it some thought — and despite my long-standing love affair with Campagnolo’s Ergo shifter design — I’ve gone ahead and ordered up a set of Shimano Ultegra ST-6703 STI shifters and an RD-6700-GS-G long-cage rear derailleur to replace the hybrid system on our Calfee.
So, the Campy Ultra 10 Record shifters and the SRAM X.0 rear derailleur will be going into the parts box and will likely see use on something else at some point.
In their stead will be the older spec, 10 speed Ultegra shifters & rear derailleur that are pretty much what Co-Motion specs on their full performance tandem line.
No, it’s not sexy but it should work well right out of the box and I’ll just learn to adapt to the different shifting. In fact, our triplet has the very rare Dura Ace 7703s triple shifters which have the same basic ergonomic function as the 6703’s, and I’ve been able to adapt to and use those without too much trouble.
They won’t arrive in time to go on the Calfee for STR; however, they’ll be a welcome addition for our fall and winter rides. I’ve also ordered up some new cables and housings so that everything in the shifting path will be fresh, as will the brake cables and housing.
Dagnabit, I also need to rethink my brakes! Campy uses a release button in the brake lever / shifter housing to “open” the brake calipers whereas Shimano uses a cam lever on the caliper. If I don’t change at least the front brake then I’ll be hard pressed to remove the front wheel while still maintaining proper brake lever feel and purchase. Hmmm, back to fleabay I guess.