Campagnolo Ekar 1x13 groupset review

A deep dive into the “world’s lightest” gravel groupset

Campagnolo Ekar review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Campagnolo’s Ekar is designed as a performance gravel groupset and for that it really excels. The braking is excellent and the simplicity of 1x is provided without any sacrifice to either the range or the jumps. It’s what I’d turn to for fast gravel blasts and bikepacking races – but it’s certainly not a low maintenance workhorse

Reasons to buy
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    Wide gearing range with tightly spaced jumps

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    Excellent braking

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    Great ergonomics

Reasons to avoid
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    Derailleur is very sensitive to set up

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Not only has Campagnolo brought the world its first 13-speed mechanical groupset, the Italian component manufacturer is claiming the crown of producing the lightest gravel specific groupset on the market. 

If you are surprised by the brand jumping all in on gravel, perhaps you shouldn't be. Although founded in 1933 and steeped in tradition, Campagnolo has always been pushing innovation – the number of engineering firsts it’s racked up over the years is deserving of an article in itself.

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