Campagnolo’s new gravel groupset may just be better than the higher-end version: a first ride review of the Campagnolo Ekar GT groupset

While cheaper in construction, the Ekar GT groupset offers an improved hood shape, and the brand’s widest cassettes and gear range yet

Campagnolo Ekar GT gravel groupset
(Image credit: Billy Sinkford / ECHOS Communications)

When Campagnolo released its first gravel groupset in 2020, it was the first of the 'big three' drivetrain manufacturers to break into the 13-speed cassettes while also producing the lightest gravel groupset on the market. 

Positioned as a premium choice for riders seeking top-notch performance in mixed-terrain conditions, the Ekar groupset offers superior braking, precise (albeit high-maintenance) shifting and, of course, that signature Italian flare. Aided by the Pandemic's bicycle boom, the Ekar gruppo became Campagnolo's most successful launch yet.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.