Considering that Tulio Campagnolo invented the ubiquitous quick-release, it should come as no surprise that Campagnolo wheels are among the finest a cyclist can choose. We’ve been riding them for generations, from the days of indexed bar-end shifters to today’s high tech age of electronics and hydraulics, and they keep on proving to be some of the most enjoyable wheels to mount on a bike. It’s difficult to explain, but there’s a certain magic that lives within any pair of Campagnolo wheels. From their entry-level alloy options to their top tier carbon rim, ceramic bearing-equipped offerings, there’s just something about them that feels different. And it feels damn good.
An Undisputed Pedigree
Born from pure race experience, Campagnolo began creating wheels and wheel parts back in the 1930s and have since delivered countless riders to victory on the sport's grandest stage. For years, polished silver Campagnolo Record hubs paired with their iconic dark anodized box section rims were the top choice of pros and amateurs alike and continue to be some of the most sought after cycling collectibles.
That rich history aside, Campagnolo is far more than a legacy brand, with the Vicenza factory constantly pushing to lead with design and technology. In the 90s, they made waves with offerings like the Shamal, possibly the industry's first "system wheel" with the hub, spoke, and rim designed in unison. That time also saw the birth of the Bora lineup, one of the first production carbon bike rims. In the early 2000s, Campagnolo's system wheels were some of the first to adopt the lighter, stiffer, and more aero alloy spokes - a technology pushed even further with their innovative G3 spoke lacing. Campagnolo were also some of the earliest proponents of tubeless technology with their 2-Way Fit rim designs. And may we never forget the ever-impressive Hyperon Ultras, the weight-weenie friendly shallow climbing wheels that married the classic box-section look with cutting edge performance. (They continue to be one of Chad's top wheels of choice!)