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Vintage Components - Campagnolo downtube and fingertip shift levers

On this page: Campagnolo friction fingertip shifters | 8-speed index/friction fingertip shifters | Gran sport 1950s down tube clamp-on shifters | 1980s Record clamp-on downtube shifters | Valentino downtube levers | Rubber downtube shift lever covers | C-Record downtube retro-friction levers | Synchro II 6-speed braze-on downtube | Synchro II 8-speed braze-on downtube

On other pages: Campagnolo Ergopower shift levers | Campagnolo front derailleurs | Campagnolo rear derailleurs | Campagnolo accessories & small parts

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Campagnolo fingertip friction (barcon) shifters. $60.00

Part# SL-20

These have become quite rare, the classic Campagnolo friction fingertip shifters that fit at the end of the handlebars. It's hard to date these, but we're guessing mid-1960s to early-1970s. Ours still have the original rubber covers to complete that classic look.

Campagnolo fingertip shifters

To install, the lever is removed from the body to expose an Allen socket that expands the plug to sit tightly in the handlebar end. The cable must be installed in the lever at this point, then the lever is reassembled and the friction tension adjusted.


Campagnolo 8-speed index/friction fingertip (barcon) shifters. New, $450.00

Part# 70355

  • The right (rear) shifter can be set to either 8-speed index or friction.

Campagnolo 8-speed fingertips shifters

All new and all there.

Campagnolo fingertip shifters

Close-up of the levers

Campagnolo fingertip shifters

And the levers flipped over


Campagnolo Gran Sport 1950s down tube clamp-on shift levers.

We have two sets of these classic down-tube shift levers dating from the 1950s: Set 1 | Set 2

Set 1:

Part# SL-01

Simple and perfectly designed. These clamp-on down-tube friction shifters are from the 1950s. We're guessing 1955-56, but we can't be sure. Used, $45.00

Campagolo down tube shift levers

It's all there and ready to complete a vintage bike

Campagnolo Gran Sport downtube shifters

This shot shows that there is some rust on the clamp

Set 2:

Part# SL-02

A lovely set, in terrific condition. We're guessing they date from the late 1950s. Note the word "guess". Used, $45.00

Campagnolo gran sport shifters

This set is in great condition with just a touch of cracking on the chrome clamp.

Campagnolo Gran Sport shift levers

Back view. That is paint, not rust, on the center of the inside of the clamp.


Campagnolo Record/Nuovo Record "later version" downtube clamp-on friction shifters. Pristine, $60.00

We date this set to the mid-1980s. They don't have cable housing stops nor the "Vicenza" city embossed. They are smooth with sunken "Campagnolo" on the levers.

Nuovo Record clamp-on shifters

It would be hard to find a set in nicer condition

Nuovo Record shifters

And just as nice flipped over.


Campagnolo Valentino downtube shifters with cable housing stops - $25.00

We date these levers from the late 1970s. Campagnolo used the same lever arms on its entire line, only the hardware changed. In this case, the frame clamps and knurled tensioning nuts. There are cable housing stops on these sets, so if a restoration project requires cable housing all the way up to the levers, these levers will do the job. But bare cables can also be used.

Part# SL-03-01

Campagnolo Velentino shift levers

These levers made it through the decades in great condition.

Campagnolo Valentino shift levers

Back view of the levers


Rubber shift lever covers. New

These are for the classic friction downtube shift levers like those posted above.

We have them in Black | Blue | Grey | Red

Black Rubber shift lever covers. New, $50.00/set

Campagnolo rubber shifter covers

Side one

Campagnolo shifter covers

And the same covers flipped over.

Blue Rubber shift lever covers. New, $50.00/set

Campagnolo shifter covers

Grey Rubber shift lever covers. New, $50.00/set

Campagnolo Shifter covers

Grey goes with everything

Campagnolo Rubber shifter covers

And the grey covers flipped over

Red Rubber shift lever covers. New, $50.00/set

Campagnolo red shifter covers

Still new and ready to make your vintage bike one-of-a-kind

Campagnolo shifter covers

And the same covers flipped over


C-Record retro-friction braze-on downtube shift levers. Used, $200.00/set

  • These levers were released by Campagnolo in 1985.
  • Retrofriction levers have a clutch spring that give no resistance as the lever is pulled against the derailleur's spring. The rider's only effort while pulling on the lever is against the derailleur return spring. When pushing the lever back down, the clutch-spring offers mild resistance. Shifting is accurate and almost effortless.

Campagnolo Retrofriction levers

The way you'll see them when they are mounted on your bike.

Campagnolo Retrofriction levers

Another view of the lever tops.

Campagnolo Retrofriction levers

The backs of the levers

Retrofriction levers

Some of the insides

Campagnolo Retrofriction levers

And the same levers flipped over


Synchro II 6-speed braze-on downtube shift levers. Used, $60.00

  • Cleaned and overhauled.
  • If you would like a different shift cam installed, we can do it for a $50.00 labor charge.
  • They can be converted to friction by removing the springs. How to do it is posted here. Plus a wealth of information on working on Syncho shift levers can be found here.

Synchro 2 levers

Cleaned and overhauled

Synchro 2 shift levers

Typical beautiful Campagnolo finish.

Synchro 2 levers

The insides

Synchro 2 shifters

The right lever flipped over

Synchro 2 levers

From a slightly different angle


Synchro II 8-speed braze-on downtube shift levers. Used, $75.00

  • Cleaned and overhauled.
  • If you would like a different shift cam installed, we can do it for a $50.00 labor charge.
  • They can be converted to friction by removing the springs. How to do it is posted here. Plus a wealth of information on working on Syncho shift levers can be found here.

Campagnolo Synchro 2 8-speed shift levers

In terrific condition.

Synchros 2 shift levers

The back side of the levers.

Synchro 2 8-speed levers

You can see the Synchro cog in the lever on the right

Synchro 2 8-speed levers

Side view

Synchro 2 8-speed shift lever

Another view of the same side of the levers

Synchro 2 8-speed levers

Assembled and waiting to be mounted on your vintage bike.