CAM­PAG­NOLO RECORD EPS H11 DB

£3676.85 › Elec­tronic hy­draulic groupset

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CAM­PAG­NOLO WAS FIRST WITH 11-SPEED in 2009, two years later came EPS elec­tronic shift­ing, then in early 2017 its long-awaited disc brakes de­buted. De­spite Shi­mano and SRAM beat­ing the com­pany to mar­ket, the Ital­ians re­fused to re­lease their sys­tem un­til they felt it was su­pe­rior to the com­pe­ti­tion.

Cam­pag­nolo de­vel­oped the small hy­draulic master cylin­der and min­eral oil flow sys­tem with brake ex­perts Magura. Rather than cre­ate dif­fer­ent lev­els of disc cal­liper for each groupset, the forged alu­minium flat mount-only units come in two sizes, for 140mm or 160mm ro­tors, and are de­signed to fit with­out spac­ers or adap­tors.

The H11 des­ig­na­tion refers to the disc brake­spe­cific com­po­nents that com­bine with the ex­ist­ing mechs, cas­sette and chain of all 11-speed Su­per Record and Record groupsets. Con­trol­ling the cal­lipers are all-new car­bon levers, which re­tain the fa­mil­iar thumb and fore­fin­ger shift levers, dou­ble curved brake lever, and ex­cel­lent er­gonomics, de­spite their 8mm height in­crease to ac­com­mo­date the master cylin­der.

The taller hoods make a fine hand hold when pow­er­ing along on the flat, and the brake lever and shift pad­dle are both eas­ily reach ad­justable.

In­tu­itive shift­ing from in­de­pen­dently-sited levers and brake levers that work for all hands are the ideal gate­way to instant, pre­ci­sion cog swap­ping and truly im­pres­sive brakes. Cam­pag­nolo’s hy­draulics are mostly silent when ap­plied, with only a low pitched hum un­der re­peated heavy brak­ing, and no loss of ef­fec­tive­ness. But the pads have never rubbed or not fully re­leased, and have proved the most trou­ble-free we’ve used.

We’ve found the brak­ing power avail­able with rel­a­tively low hand force to be greater than the com­pe­ti­tion, and easy mod­u­lated, with no fade even on hot, lengthy de­scents. The rest of the H11 and Record EPS com­po­nents work seam­lessly to­gether. By down­load­ing the MyCampy 2.0 app to your phone, you can con­nect to EPS via Blue­tooth and al­ter each shift lever’s func­tion and speed, di­ag­nose faults, record the us­age of ev­ery component and more. The only aes­thetic is­sue is its ex­ter­nal con­trol box, which con­tains the charg­ing port and sta­tus LEDs. Although the H11 com­po­nents will con­tinue, the launch of Cam­pag­nolo’s 12-speed me­chan­i­cal groupsets means that 12-speed EPS may be on the hori­zon. Record EPS H11 DB isn’t a cheap op­tion, priced a lit­tle higher than Shi­mano Dura-Ace R9170 Di2 and far more ex­pen­sive than SRAM Red eTap HRD, but it’s cus­tomis­able, with sen­sa­tional shift­ing and the best road hy­draulic disc brakes yet.

WE SAY Adds su­perb disc brakes to the al­ready ex­cel­lent EPS driv­e­train

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