Newcomers to cycling find it hard to believe that there was a time, 30 years ago now, when Campagnolo ruled the cycling world. The vast majority of the professional peloton, and most amateurs too, rolled on Campagnolo-equipped bikes. There were other fine components out there, of course, but in an era when parts could be readily mixed and matched without proprietary brand technology, it was likely that something from Campagnolo found its way onto a bike otherwise equipped with Mavic or Shimano or Suntour.
Things have changed since then, of course, and the once-dominant market leader has become more the choice of craft bike enthusiasts than the standard bearer for the pro peloton. This doesn’t mean that Campagnolo has retired to become the Luddite’s choice; on the contrary, the Italian brand is pushing innovation more than ever, and they will be showing off their latest advances in bicycle componentry at the Philly Bike Expo.
2016 saw the release of Campagnolo’s version 3 EPS electronic shifting system. It now comes with ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, customization of EPS through the MyCampy App for iOS and Android, and much improved frame compatibility and ease of installation.
For 2017, Campagnolo has launched the new Potenza 11 groupset. Potenza offers trickle down technologies from Chorus, Record and Super Record like the new 4-arm crank, rear derailleur with Embrace technology and more powerful front derailleur. It also will be the first Campagnolo 11-speed group to offer a mid cage rear derailleur and a 32 tooth cassette option. As Campagnolo has long been valued for its style and aesthetics, Potenza is offered in either black or classic silver.
In its over 80 years of history, Campagnolo has been dedicated to continuously innovating solutions to improve the cycling experience, offering beautiful components and wheels that represent not only race-winning performance, but performance that stands the test of time.