Campagnolo Global Launch
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, 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.
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.
MyCampy 2.0 offers MyGarage, MyEPS and MySessions
Bora WTO project
New C-Tech apparel