Marin Venezia and campy Ahtena components
Hello fellow riders i have a question i'm considering purchasing a used Marin
here are the specs from the owner
54cm. Time carbon fork. Campy Athena crank and shifters, chorus front derailleur, mirage Rooter (8 speed), it does have dura ace head tube brackets, mavic rims. Model is venezia. I think it is about 6 years old
my main question is how good are the Athena shifters
and thsi model bike in general,i have to replace the rear wheel is very bent as im told by the owner
First generation (with pointed brake hoods) Athena ergo shifters share the same internals as Chorus/Record so they shift great, although the later have ball bearings for the mechanism, carbon bodies that might be lighter, and prettier finger shift levers for Record. I couldn't tell you how much more life you get out of the ball bearings over bushings but my 1996 Chorus shifters are still doing great after a bunch of spring replacements.
Originally Posted by Roadracer63
1997 was the last year of Campagnolo's Athena group prior to the name's resurrection in the 11 speed era; so that parts are a lot older than 6 years.
Upgrading to 9 speeds involves switching a $25 indexing disc in the right shifter (and you may want the $7 front ratchet too), new jockey wheels + bolts, new free hub bodies which are no longer available (but you may be able to cannibalize another hub), and possibly a narrower chain. 10 cogs also call for a different geometry rear derailleur and new ergo lever since a 10 speed index disc was never made for the first generation shifters.
Last edited by Drew Eckhardt; 06-08-2010 at 08:55 PM.
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