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Campagnolo Hoods
Last Post 06/30/2015 04:35 PM by stronzo nonfumare. 7 Replies.
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stronz

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06/26/2015 11:02 AM
just wanted to show off that I can spell Campagnolo! Actually I have an observation -- I'm running ca2012 Super Record gruppo on my road bike - its mechanical, not EPS - and have now replaced the rubber hoods twice, essentiallly once per season. Its weird - they start out nice and tight and grippy although the fitment is weird because the brifter angles in toward the midline. But once in place its fine - for about three months. Then with use they become slippery and kind of elasticized. They stretch and twist and soon they rip. Any thoughts on this/solutions? Of course the Dura Ace hoods on my 2002 TREK have never been replaced and the whole group works perfecty. hmmmmmmm
Master50

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06/26/2015 11:18 AM
My hoods are original. about 6 years old. Nothing like you describe. I have seen hoods get all distorted but I tend to think it is more about the rider's technique or something than the materials. I believe most top line hoods are all silicon rubber.
stronz

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06/26/2015 11:53 AM
could be my shweaty ... hands
79pmooney

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06/26/2015 12:23 PM
Sounds to me like Campy ran a bad batch of hoods. Perhaps a new rubber supplier? Apparently they ran enough for both the initial run and some replacements.

I'd contact Campy. That isn't up to their standards and I am sure they know about it.

Ben
zootracer

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06/26/2015 04:04 PM
I usually get 3-4 years out of a set of Campy hoods. Bitch to install. I have encountered no problems such as yours. Do you ride with gloves? Could caused by sweat like stronz said.
stronz

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06/30/2015 02:13 PM
pretty much always ride with gloves --- one thing I thought of. I have always wrapped my bars with two layers of squishy bar tape. So maybe I'm stretching them? I took the second layer off last week when I replaced the hoods - have to say the second layer really doesnt make that big a diff in terms of damping. Alternatively it could be my massive power output causing dimensional distortion of the chain and seatstay cluster that travels up the frame and erupts out of the handlebars and through to the hoods causing disruption of the molecular structure of the rubber nano-particles. Yeah thats gotta be it.
zootracer

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06/30/2015 02:32 PM
Maybe you are just putting in the miles in and things wear out. I ride with my hands on the flat part of my bars, not on the hoods so much, unless I am descending.
stronz

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06/30/2015 04:35 PM
...so yo dont think its the massive power output? Anyone else?
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