Market: The traditional Italian manufacturer Campagnolo has its new great record, All time lap record and Chorus presented. What's special about these? They are all mechanical, but aim to redefine the segment.
The new groupsets are currently being used for the first time in permanent racing. The Bardiani-CSF team, for example, was able to use the new great record win two stages of the Giro d'Italia.
Probably the most striking innovation is the design of the cranks. Here Campagnolo follows the competitor Shimano and switches to a 4-arm design. Like the Japanese, the Italians have also thought of user-friendly handling: there is only one fixed bolt circle with which all available blades can be combined. These will be available in 53/39, 52/36 and 50/34 ratios. The cranks will be available in lengths of 170, 172,5 and 175 millimeters.
The front derailleur has also been revised and proves to be an evolution of the Super Record RS-pendants. A carbon cage made from one piece is also installed here. This reduces the weight, but should not compromise in terms of rigidity. To guarantee better shifting behavior, Campagnolo relies on a longer shift arm. here, too, the construction is reminiscent of that specified by Shimano.
The rear derailleur has also become stiffer. According to Campagnolo, it should also glide more smoothly over the sprockets and thus shift better. The reason for this is the redesigned cage, which now has a new parallelogram shape and a different switching angle. This keeps the chain closer to the cassette. In addition, there should be no differences in the shifting behavior between widely spread cassettes, such as 11-29, and narrowly graduated cassettes, such as 11-23.
Both switching components are operated by the new Ergopower levers. Here, Campagnolo has revised the shape inside the levers. As a result, the levers should fit on significantly more handlebars than before. In addition, the rubber grips are now made of hypoallergenic silicone, which means that more grip can be achieved. The gradation of the levers is also new. The lever used to operate the front derailleur allows the chain to move in two stages from the large to the small ring. A third stage adjusts the chain line. If you want to switch in the other direction, you also have three levels available, but no adjustment is required here. As a result, a larger range of drivable aisles is possible.
Prices for the new groups are not yet known to us. More information is available at www.campagnolo.com.