Campagnolo Athena 11-speed groupset review

Campagnolo Athena 11-speed groupset 2010
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Vulgar carbon levers aside, we give Athena a big thumbs-up. Having 11 sprockets is a luxury, but with Athena it becomes an affordable luxury, so Campagnolo has achieved its aim.

Reasons to buy
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    Fast, accurate shifts

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    Excellent brakes

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    Comfy grips

Reasons to avoid
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    Shifting not as smooth as some groupsets

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    Brake lever finish doesn't match rest of groupset

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When Campag announced in May that it was to add a lower-priced groupset to its range, there was considerable excitement. It was less than a year since it had unveiled the Super Record, Record and Chorus groupsets.

Perhaps it was the timing of the launch of super-expensive Super-Record - at the start of the recession - that led the Italian firm to launch ‘the 11-speed for everyone'.

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