Campagnolo Upgrades Complete Mechanical Lineup and New Hi-End Wheels
Campagnolo upgraded almost its complete line of their mechanical groupsets, from Super Record RS, all the way down to Veloce. Their main focus however is on Super Record, Record & Chorus, all with completely new technologies.
The front derailleur has a longer arm to increase leverage, making shifting to a bigger gear much easier. The Super Record even has a carbon outer cage. The new design of the rear derailleur is revolutionary according to Campagnolo. It has a new construction that allows movement closer to the rear cassette, it is stiffer and operates smoother. It provides a larger surface contact between the chain and the chainrings, which extends the usable life of these components. Campy will offer configurations from 11-23 to 11-29. The Ergopower levers have improved ergonomics and allow multishift – up to 3 gear in the upshift and 5 in the downshift.
The crankset is also new with 4-arm spider that allows the use of all three combinations (53/39, 52/36, 50/34) – without the need to change the spider or other parts. The new Athena & Veloce groups use trickle down technology from high-end groups. There is only one thing now missing (for now) in the Campagnolo lineup, the road disc brakes. The fourth member of the EPS family is the electronic version of the Chorus group, which features the same technology as higher models, but is built with less exclusive materials. The new wheelsets are also on the way from Vicenza.
Shamal Mille is the latest incarnation of this model that was actually the first complete wheel introduced by Campy in 1993. Shamal Mille has drastically improved the braking surface that works in combination with red carbon brake pads; this technology is shared on the new Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite wheels. The new top-end Bora wheels also got improved braking surface (performance is now very close to aluminum rims) and a big change in size.