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New Campagnolo Record 11spd is in, er, kind of...

by Anthony Little |

We've been getting a lot of calls in the past few days in regards to the arrival time of the new 11 Speed Campagnolo groups. Well, here are a few shots of one of the first Campagnolo Record groups to arrive in the states. We installed it on the shops Parlee Z1 and here is what we think so far...



11 cogs, new rear derailleur. But you all knew that already. These are not ceramic BEARINGS in the jockey wheels, but ceramic (man, I have no clue what these parts are called!) spacers and internals, like the old Dura-Ace rear derailleurs had. Very smooth, though not nearly as cool and trick as what will come on the Super Record. But then, that's one reason the Super Record will cost almost $600 more... Installation of the rear derailleur and cassette is the same as the old parts...




New chainring and bottom bracket finish. This is said to increase durability and decrease friction. No matter what it does, it looks the part... again, no ceramic on the record bottom bracket bearings, but a little decal does state, "Super Smooth Bearings" on the crank arms. Well, thank goodness for that! Cranks are the same, and they and the front derailleur went on the same way as the old parts... This is NOT the 11spd chain. Yes, I have the Record group, no, I do not have the chain tool yet. I'll be one of the first to let you know how the 10spd chain works with the 11spd group. I'm guessing not well, as it's 4mm narrower and I can already tell from the bike in the stand that It's not going to happen.




The lever. Kind of different shape for sure, not a huge fan at first of the looks, but oh yeah, it feels good! I'm going to like this very, very much on the road. You will too. Good job Campagnolo! Levers are for sure closer to the bars as well. In fact, I may use the adapters to make the reach longer. I have Deda Deep Drop bars on this bike and they tend to put your hands a little closer to the levers in the first place.




The cable routing on the new levers is much improved over the 10 speed version. The rider should not feel the cables at all when on the hoods. Also, the cables feel so much smoother...



The Front end of the bike...



No, these quick release levers don't come with 11spd. I wish they did. Still the best levers out there!
So, yes, there are a few groups out there, but this one is not for sale. When will we have some for sale? Good question. There will be a few Super Record and Chorus groups available in a few weeks, but with limited parts selection. Give us a call if you want to reserve one...

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