Campagnolo introduces new mechanical groupset

Kieran Howells
Campagnolo introduces new mechanical groupset

Campagnolo has introduced the latest addition to its line-up of mechanical groupsets, the Centaur range.

While this is not a new name for Campagnolo, the newest version takes a leap forward and represents greater value and performance than any preceding version ever made.

The newest aluminum groupset version of Centaur aims to compete directly with competitor’s most accessible offerings. Plenty of higher tier characteristics have been incorporated into the alloy mechanical groupset, such as the innovative four-arm spider design that trickles down from the Super Record version to allow for an independent BCD in addition to a universal crankset made to accept all chainring combinations.

This precise shifting and derailing comes as much from the ergopower commands as it does from the Centaur’s front derailleur, which adopts its design and mechanical function from the original Revolution 11+ front derailleur developed initially for professionals. The Ergopower internals couple with the longer rod and one-piece steel cage to ensure precise and reliable shifting with minimal effort required upshifting from internal ring to external.

The Ergopower commands also offer the same industry leading ergonomics found upon professional riders’ bikes, guaranteeing a safe and secure grip in all conditions along with the comfort. One lever, one action style commands remain and Power-Shift internals guarantee precise and lightning fast shifting even under load. The Power-Shift movement allows for the incorporation of an EPSTM style downshifting lever, offering heightened ergonomics while putting the rider in control of his or her transmission no matter the situation.

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The rear derailleur guarantees fantastic shifting and offers a great deal of versatility as well thanks to a new trajectory angle. The movement of the new Centaur rear derailleur was studied in order to render it compatible with all cassette options up to 32 teeth and allows Centaur to meet every cyclist’s needs with one single model where its competition must offer two... and it does so while weighing 15 grams less than the long cage version of its competitor.

The Campagnolo 11 chain offers a durable solution to complete the drivetrain and has been developed to ensure smooth and precise chainring and cassette engagement. Cassettes for the new groupset will come in the form of the same Campagnolo 11 cassettes that were introduced along with the Potenza 11 transmission but with a Centaur specific finish and are compatible with the entire line of Campagnolo transmissions.

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