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Already seen on many pro bikes throughout the season, Campagnolo has gone public with its new mechanical groups for 2015. Super Record, Record and Chorus all receive significant overhauls – in some ways incremental, in others quite dramatic – but all three groups aim to maintain the intangible Campagnolo quality. We’ll be getting a long-term test group in soon, but until then, here is the ‘need to know’.
• Squadre Corsa 2014 – The new Campagnolo group’s changes were tested extensively through incremental updates brought to pro riders with the SC-14 project and Super Record RS.
• Front Derailleur – A longer arm, similar to Dura Ace 9000, now provides more leverage to move the cable, requiring less at the levers. Super Record gets a full carbon outer cage.
• Rear Derailleur – New movement keeps the chain closer to the cassette, which wraps more chain around the cogs, resulting in longer life for both chain and cassette. This also ensures shifting in the 25, 27 and 29 cogs is as fast and crisp as shifting into the 11 or 12 cog.
• Ergopower Levers – The levers retain the same ergonomics but should interface more closely with a larger spectrum of bar shapes. Hypoallergenic silicon with multiple densities is now used as hood material.
• New Front Lever Commands – Two clicks now downshift to the small chain ring, while a third shift is used for trim. Shifting into the big ring requires three clicks, but no need to trim. The intent is to eliminate chain drops and chain rub, how this functions on bike will be interesting to discover.
• Cranksets – The cranks use a four arm spider, again similar to new Shimano groups, and use the same bolt circle diameter for both compact and standard chain rings. The result is a stiffer spider and crank arm with hidden bolt heads.
Pricing and availability is yet to be released. As groups sets arrive peloton magazine will bring you a detailed look at the group and the results of a long term road test.
For more info go to campagnolo.com