Many anticipated that Campagnolo would have their electronic gear shifting in full production and coming out on new bikes for the 2012 model year. While their new electronic system is very close to production, and may well have been released by the time you read this, it was still in the prototype and testing phase when the product managers were specing their 2012 bikes.
When it is released, Campagnolo electronic will come in at the top Super Record level and will undoubtedly cost a bomb. Their system has been in development for close to 10 years, so we can only assume it will be very refined and sorted once it finally hits the market. Rumour has it that Super Record electronic will be 65 – 70g lighter than Shimano Dura – Асе Di2, but only time will tell.
Beyond the speculation of whats yet to come, there are no major changes within the standard groupset line – up from Campagnolo. As per 2011, every component group from the titanium and carbon clad Super Record down to Athena runs an 11 – speed cassette. Compact chainrings continue to be offered at every level and there are options of carbon or alloy crank arms at Centaur and Veloce levels.
Styling Updates
The main changes for 2012 come with the new graphic options that come with the Athena and Centaur parts. In addition to the polished alloy look, Athena will also be offered with a deep black finish —everything from the derailleurs to the cranks and chainrings will get a lustrous black alloy finish. Centaur will also come in deep black but theres also a secondary option with red highlights in the otherwise black finish. Functionally both Athena and Centaur are the same as the 2011 versions.
Time Trial & CX Specific
Looking beyond the standard component lines, Campagnolo has launched a number of specialised parts to suit certain applications. There are new cranks and gear shifters for the time trial specialists and triathletes. The cranks come in at the Record quality level and are optimised for stiffness and shift performance with bigger cogs —theyll be offered with 42/54 and 42/55 chainring options.
The new bar – end style time trial levers feature a return to centre design that is said to improve aerodynamics and make them easier to use. They allow up to three shifts with a single push of the lever and always spring back to their default position. The new shifters will be made in alloy for 10 – speed bikes or with carbon fibre levers for 11 – speed. Campagnolo also has time trial specific brake levers in both carbon and alloy to complement the new shifters.
Catering for another niche market, Campagnolo has launched new brakes and cranks designed for cyclocross use. The brakes follow the traditional rim/cantilever format, offering lots of mud clearance and adaptability for rim widths ranging from 19 – 22mm. Their action has been tailored to suit Campagnolo Ergopower shifters. The cross specific cranks will come in both carbon and alloy with 36/46 and 34/50 chainring options. Rather than just slapping different chainring options on existing compact road cranks, Campagnolo uses a different Power Torque spindle and upgraded bearing seals to better handle the demands of cyclocross riding.
Campagnolo has expanded their already extensive wheel range with a number of new models. Highlights include the new high – end full – carbon Bora 80 deep profile tubular and the new Bullet line – up. The Bullet wheels use carbon rims with an alloy brake track, and they are offered with 50mm, 80mm and even a super – aero 105mm rim depth. Campagnolo is making the Bullet wheels to suit standard clinchers or with their Two – Way Fit tubeless/clincher design. Interestingly, this is the first wheel where Campagnolo has not offered a tubular tyre option for road use.