Campagnolo Veloce groupset review

The entry level groupset from one of the oldest names in the business, but Campagnolo Veloce does a lot more than just trade on past glories

Campagnolo Veloce
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Veloce might not offer all the refinements and exotic ingredients you’d normally find on Campagnolo products, but don’t let that put you off. In simple usability terms it can mount a very strong challenge against its closest rival groupsets from Shimano and SRAM. It works well, it looks great, it’s surprisingly good value considering it’s a European-made product, and even at this end of the market the Campagnolo name still conjures a little magic.

Reasons to buy
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    Beautifully constructed

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    Very impressive operation

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    Excellent value for money

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    Campagnolo quality

Reasons to avoid
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    No skeletal brakes or carbon highlights

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    Only a compact chainset

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    No 11-speed

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Compared to the omnipresent Shimano groupsets, finding any Campagnolo components fitted to a mainstream road bicycle is something of a novelty. And if you do find it attached to an off-the-shelf bike, chances are that bike will be from an Italian brand.

There are a number of reasons why this situation has developed. Shimano’s quality and reputation is of course one. But, more practically, it’s because the vast majority of modern bikes are manufactured and built in the Far East. It costs a lot less and makes a lot more sense to use Shimano components — which are made on the bike factories’ doorsteps — than to bring Italian kit halfway around the world, only to send it back to Europe once it’s been attached to a bicycle.

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