At the weekend, Italian component manufacturer Campagnolo officially launched its new 11-speed road groupsets for 2009.
Following on from Tuesday’s piece about the new 11-speed groupsets, Campagnolo has released full details of what we can expect to be riding next year.
The headline-grabbing news is that Campagnolo?s all conquering groupset from the 70?s, Super Record, is seeing a return to the range and as before will sit at the pinnacle, above Record, and will also feature an 11-speed cassette.
Of course, this is big news but what could easily have slipped your notice is that Chorus and Record also get the same treatment. Campagnolo engineers have been three years working on the new groupsets and have totally revised just about every aspect of the three race-level groups in preparation for the 75th anniversary of Tullio Campagnolo?s invention of the quick release.
Obviously, the key point is the extra sprocket on the cassette and plenty of hardened roadies will be asking ?Why?? We put the same question to Campagnolo and the quick answer came back ?Why not??
The long answer takes a little more explaining but is more customer focused than you might think. Campagnolo staff have spoken to thousands of shops, customers and – of course – the pros about their likes and dislikes. The feedback was that they wanted either a wider selection on one cassette, a different range than was available or a closer selection of ratios. Obviously these are opposing requirements but interestingly are all helped by addition of an extra gear, so 11-speed was created.
Campagnolo had an interesting view on competition groupsets ? that all racers require the same level of functionality, which explains why Chorus and Record performance have always been so similar.
Campag staff suggest that every racer needs the same performance regardless of their licence so they set about to make Chorus the racers de facto groupset, but obviously some will want to spend more and get a lighter groupset so this has been the target for Record and then Super Record ? which Campagnolo hopes will become the racers’ groupset of choice.
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Campagnolo launches 11-speed groupsets