Cam­pag­nolo Global Launch

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Barry Lys­ter

am­pag­nolo in­vited the global cy­cling me­dia to the iron­i­cally re­mote Gran Ca­naria of the Ca­nary Is­lands to launch its lat­est creations. Gran Ca­naria is the per­fect lo­ca­tion due to its warm weather, amaz­ing hospi­tal­ity and a road net­work that boasts post­card scenery, epic climbs and roller­coaster des­cents to high­light the per­for­mance of its lat­est prod­ucts. For 85 years, Cam­pag­nolo has been an in­dus­try leader in pro­duc­ing high-qual­ity, durable bi­cy­cle com­po­nents. In Gran Ca­naria, Cam­pag­nolo pre­sented Move­ment 12, which was demon­strated on its frame and wheels through its launch of 12-speed groupsets, Bora WTO Aero wheels, cloth­ing and its MyCampy app.

MOVE­MENT 12

Move­ment 12, a 12-speed groupset in the works for close to two years, comes in Super Record and Record mod­els for both rim and disc brakes. Ital­ian cy­cling icon Alessan­dro Bal­lan was in­volved with the project, pro­vid­ing his in­sight and ex­per­tise from the Pro pelo­ton. And like all Cam­pag­nolo prod­ucts, they are de­signed at their head­quar­ters in Italy and ev­ery part is man­u­fac­tured and as­sem­bled in the Euro­pean Union. The Er­goPower shifters ex­em­plify per­for­mance, ad­justa­bil­ity and beauty. Re­fine­ments in the in­ter­nals re­duce free stroke, al­low­ing smooth real-time shift­ing. The larger up­swing lever al­lows greater con­trol when find­ing that low gear, while the larger down­shift but­ton pro­vides eas­ier ac­cess while in the drops. The Ul­tra-Shift mech­a­nism al­lows three up­shifts and five down­shifts with one press of the but­ton or lever. Both the rim- and disc-brake ver­sions have fully ad­justable reach.

Both de­railleurs have un­der­gone ma­jor en­gi­neer­ing to ac­com­mo­date the 12-speed groupset, while also en­hanc­ing com­pat­i­bil­ity and per­for­mance. The front de­railleur now moves in a more hor­i­zon­tal path­way and has a two-po­si­tion trim ad­just­ment to keep chain-rub at bay. The ca­ble bolt can be placed ei­ther in front or be­hind the arm to al­low it to fit with the in­dus­try’s many unique frame de­signs, disc-brake bikes and wider tires.

The rear de­railleur uses Campy’s 3-D Em­brace Tech­nol­ogy, bring­ing the 12-tooth pul­ley wheels closer to the cas­sette, im­prov­ing shift­ing and pre­vent­ing the need to al­ter chain length when mov­ing be­tween the two cas­settes. A new Up­per Body Re­turn Spring ab­sorbs road vi­bra­tions, main­tain­ing smooth, pre­cise shift­ing even as you are ham­mer­ing on cob­bled road­ways. The rear de­railleur works with the cur­rent hanger-mount­ing sys­tem or the newer direct-mount op­tion.

The gleam­ing aero-pro­file cranksets have been lov­ingly crafted with Campy’s in-house, uni­di­rec­tional car­bon lay-up that is in­fused with a spe­cial UV-pro­tec­tion agent to pre­vent fad­ing of the rich black fin­ish. The im­proved four-arm/eight-bolt spi­der de­sign max­i­mizes stiff­ness, while Cult Ceramic bear­ings al­low nine-times-faster spin­ning than tra­di­tional steel bear­ings. There are three chain­ring op­tions – 53/39, 52/36 and 50/34 – and both cranks come in four sizes, in­clud­ing the new 165.

The new 12-speed cas­sette is only avail­able in an 11-29 and 11-32 com­bi­na­tion. The cas­sette is com­pat­i­ble with Cam­pag­nolo’s 11-speed wheels, al­low­ing cur­rent own­ers of Bora wheelsets to use their ex­ist­ing wheels should they up­grade to the 12-speed cas­sette. The cogs are chem­i­cally treated to strengthen the nar­rower pro­file that is needed to ac­com­mo­date the 12-speed, a process used on most of this groupset.

The chain main­tains per­for­mance and strength by bring­ing the plates closer to­gether. Re­fine­ments in the pins and rollers and the chem­i­cal treat­ment will see the chain per­form­ing for many qual­ity kilo­me­tres.

The new aero­dy­nam­i­cally de­signed rim brake comes with the choice of tra­di­tional- or direct-mount sys­tems. Both brake op­tions use Cam­pag­nolo’s own brake pads. The disc-brake ver­sion comes with a 160mm front ro­tor, along with the choice of 140mm or 160mm for the rear. The calipers are com­pat­i­ble with all flat­mount frames, us­ing bolt kits com­ing in six sizes, and thus elim­i­nates the need for adap­tors.

It was a real treat to test Move­ment 12 on the roads of Gran Ca­naria. The daily 60-kilo­me­tre rides in­cluded more than 1,000 me­tres of el­e­va­tion, al­low­ing the op­por­tu­nity to test a va­ri­ety of the fea­tures that Move­ment 12 Super Record and Record have to of­fer.

Im­pressed by the smooth, pre­cise move­ments of the shift­ing, es­pe­cially the Ul­tra-Shift feature of in­stant three up­shifts and five down­shifts, it was used quite fre­quently with the sud­den changes in el­e­va­tion.

Once the lever reach is di­aled in to ac­com­mo­date smaller hands, com­fort and ease were found in brak­ing, both with the rim and disc mod­els. The long, twisty des­cents de­manded not only mod­u­la­tion, but also hard brak­ing when deal­ing with un­ex­pected traf­fic around cor­ners, some­thing ad­dressed by both brake of­fer­ings.

The test-bike gear­ing set-up was 50/34 on the front, along with 11-32 on the rear, which was much ap­pre­ci­ated on those long 10-kilo­me­tre+ climbs with the grade rang­ing from 7-14%. A smooth cadence was easy to main­tain with­out the need for ad­di­tional lower gears.

Move­ment 12 Super Record and Record groupsets will be avail­able for pur­chase from May to July 2018, with EPS com­ing in the fall of 2018.

BORA 60 AND 77 WTO WHEELS

With a world-class wheelset al­ready in its line-up, Cam­pag­nolo used that foun­da­tion to cre­ate its Bora WTO project.

The re­sults of the Bora WTO (Wind Tun­nel Op­ti­mize) project are pre­sented in two of­fer­ings: the Bora 77 WTO Front Wheel and the Bora 66 WTO wheelsets. Cam­pag­nolo en­gi­neers spent count­less hours re­search­ing and test­ing key as­pects re­lated to aero­dy­namic re­sis­tance, rolling re­sis­tance and weight/gra­di­ent, us­ing a wind tun­nel to op­ti­mize the per­for­mance of the wheels.

Ex­ten­sive test­ing found that the tube­less tires had the least rolling re­sis­tance, with clincher tires com­ing in sec­ond. For this rea­son, the Bora WTO project uses Cam­pag­nolo’s 2-Way Fit sys­tem, which comes in tube­lessand clincher-com­pat­i­ble sets. As the in­ter­nal rim has no spoke­holes, there is no need for rim tape, and the wheels come com­plete with a Cam­pag­nolo valve stem to run the tube­less op­tion.

The rim con­struc­tion uses Campy’s in-house In­ter­nally De­vel­oped Resin Tech­nol­ogy. To help tackle rolling re­sis­tance, the rim has a horse­shoe-rim pro­file, with a C19 rim width to ac­com­mo­date 25-28mm tires.

The hub is made of alu­minum, thought to be the best ma­te­rial for aero de­sign with its 3D Di­a­mond Aero Pro­file spokes that also com­pen­sate for vari­a­tions in wind di­rec­tion to re­duce drag. The Bora 77 hubs use Cults Ceramic bear­ings, which are nine times more ef­fi­cient than stan­dard steel, while the Bora 60 uses ef­fi­cient USB Ceramic bear­ings.

Through de­sign and dis­cre­tionary use of ma­te­ri­als, th­ese wheels are some of the light­est in their class. The Bora 77 WTO front wheel tips the scales at 745g, while the Bora 60 WTO set weighs 1,540g.

For real-world ap­pli­ca­tions, the Bora 77 WTO is de­signed for time trial and triathlons and would match up nicely with the Bora Rear Disc wheel on your time-trial ma­chine. This wheel com­bi­na­tion would also be a great weapon of choice for bunch races on the track.

The Bora 60 WTO could be the wheels of choice in road races and on cour­ses where aero­dy­namic ad­van­tage is at play.

NEW PER­FOR­MANCE CLOTH­ING

With move­ment be­ing the core of Cam­pag­nolo’s en­gi­neer­ing vi­sion, the iconic Ital­ian com­pany has added a cloth­ing line to re­flect and en­hance its lat­est 12-speed groupset and WTO wheelsets.

This 100% made-in-Italy cloth­ing fea­tures race-cut de­signs that use leading-edge fab­rics and tech­nol­ogy. Per­for­mance cloth­ing is avail­able for both women and men, and comes in jer­seys, shorts, skin­suits, jacket, vest and ac­ces­sories.

The pin­na­cle of this cloth­ing en­sem­ble is the C-Tech line, which is avail­able in a jer­sey, shorts and skin­suit. C-Tech com­bines aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency while max­i­miz­ing com­fort. And with black be­ing the new white, this one-colour dark of­fer­ing uses Bio­ce­ramic fab­rics to block UV, and with its strate­gi­cally placed laser-cut vents, this per­for­mance kit will keep you cool in even the hottest of sit­u­a­tions.

The new­est cloth­ing prod­uct to come from Cam­pag­nolo is its He­lio jacket and gilet. Both of th­ese items are made with breath­able, wind- and wa­ter­re­sis­tant fab­ric and come in Stealth Black. The ul­tra­light 100g jacket can be com­pacted so small that it will go al­most un­no­ticed in your jer­sey pocket, al­low­ing you extra room for your ride snacks, tools or any other ride ne­ces­sity.

To com­ple­ment your cloth­ing, Campy of­fers a se­lec­tion of per­for­mance gloves, socks, arm and leg warm­ers, with colours to match some se­lect jer­seys.

All items are avail­able on­line at www.cam­pag­nolo.com.

MYCAMPY 2.0

Max­i­mize your cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ence with one con­ve­nient ap­pli­ca­tion. MyCampy 2.0 is an app de­signed to iden­tify spe­cific cy­cling ar­eas through MyGarage, MyEPS and MySes­sions fea­tures.

MyGarage is like hav­ing a bike shop in your palm of your hand, al­low­ing you to in­ven­tory your en­tire col­lec­tion of bikes, along with all com­po­nents and a se­lec­tion of wheels. It will track the mileage on each com­po­nent and in­form you when main­te­nance, re­pair or re­place­ment is needed.

It is fully cus­tom­iz­a­ble to your EPS driv­e­train, which al­lows you to in­stantly dial in per­for­mance data, down­load up­dates and firmware, and stay in tune with each in­di­vid­ual part of your EPS driv­e­train.

MySes­sions high­lights ride data, such as dis­tance and el­e­va­tion, then breaks it down into more pre­cise data, such as which gear you were in at spe­cific times dur­ing your ride. This data can be ac­cessed di­rectly through your EPS or Garmin. Ad­di­tion­ally, in­for­ma­tion, en­hanced view­ing and num­ber-crunch­ing can be done via the desk­top feature of the app.

For full in­for­ma­tion and to down­load MyCampy2.0, go to www.cam­pag­nolo.com.

Aero-pro­file cranksets

MyCampy 2.0 of­fers MyGarage, MyEPS and MySes­sions

Bora WTO project

Er­goPowershifters

New C-Tech ap­parel

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