Here at VO, we run a variety of derailleurs on our bikes. Some of us have run Shimano for years, while others have switched between Shimano and Campy depending on the bike.
One of the great things about our Grand Cru and Hi-Low hubs is that you don't have to commit to one derailleur religion or the other. You have the option of running either Shimano or Campy cassettes on our hubs, since our toolless system allows you to switch out the cassette bodies. The toolless system is also handy when you find yourself at the side of the road replacing a drive-side spoke.
We offer a steel Shimano cassette body and a steel Campy body as options for the Grand Cru and Hi-Low hubs. We also offer an alloy Shimano cassette body as a separate item for folks trying to lose some weight.
The standard steel Shimano body weighs 146 grams while the alloy body weighs 81 grams. The steel one is more durable and best suited if you are running un-spidered cogs, like some custom cassettes and some high end cassettes. The alloy one works only with cassettes that have the full spider on the back of them.
|Campy Cassette Body|
|Aluminum Shimano Cassette Body|
Our freehub bodies work with 7-10 speed cassettes (the 7-speed need a 4.5mm spacer at the back).