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March 16, 2009--We've
been working to fix some problems with Campy Only and our Bulletin
Board, and we think we have them all covered. Please email
us if you think you've run into a problem on the site.
February 18, 2009--Lots
of cool posts over at the Campy
Only Blog, including videos from Stage One of the Tour of
California. It was too rainy for "official"
coverage, so our videos are your only chance to see Mancebo and
Armstrong cresting the first KOM summit. Check it out.
3, 2009--Campagnolo's new official web site devoted to its
11-speed gruppos is called ... www.11speedonly.com,
a name that reminds us a lot of ... what is it? Oh! Campy
January 29, 2009--Campagnolo
has signed on as a sponsor of Wheels
North, an upcoming fundraising ride from Santa Rosa, CA, to
Seattle, WA. More information on Wheels North is here.
While you're checking out the Wheels North web site, click on the
Fundraising link and join Campagnolo in support the ride and its
benefitting charity. Search for "Eric Norris" at the
29, 2009--Campagnolo has reduced prices for components and
wheels by 10%. No, this is not an economic stimulus aimed at
high-end cyclists--the drop is prices is due to an improved exchange
rate between the US Dollar and the Euro. More info here.
January 10, 2009--Campy Only's Eric Norris
(riding our Campy-equipped 1972
Cinelli Special Corsa) shared the road with
several Italian supercars today. YouTube Video (or click
here to see it in HiDef). Supercars show up at about 2:30
18, 2008--Campy tattoo wearer
Sean Light has some new Campy-themed ink. Check it
out. More Campy tattoos here.
17, 2008--Campagnolo North America sent us some photos from
their December 13 Toy Ride. Click here to see them.
December 8, 2008--Our
Bulletin Board is up and running again. Thanks for your patience
while we tracked down some malicious code that prevented readers
from viewing topics.
December 7, 2008--We're
fixing problems with Campy Only! Please bear with us.
November 17, 2008--One
of our readers chimed in with his own take on the Ultra
Torque bearing system: Hi,
Just read the rouge mechanic story on the ultra+torque crank. I am a
mechanic and have installed not a few of them. My opinion is if you are
going to build a bad design, Campy did it best. Of all the current
outboard bearing designs, I have had the least problems with
Campy's. His analysis is somewhat flawed. My guess is his BB
shells are not square to each other. This will cause the left bearing
to wobble in the cups to compensate for the miss alignment. This will
develop into a creaking or clicking sound as the bearing wears inside
the cups. A common problem with many of the production frames out
there. It is recommended that you face the BB for all brands to assure
correct alignment. I have had the most problems with FSA. There is very
little to no adjustment for variable BB width, you just compress the
bearings until there is no play and hope the bearings last or the arm
doesn't work itself off. The pinch bolt design used by Shimano also has
problems with working itself loose and still has the same drag problems
with the BB bearings. With Campy, the bearings are allowed to float a
bit to absorb the torque and spin more freely. A bit of play is much
better than a lot of drag the other systems offer. Also, the clip on
the drive side fixes the position of the right crank to stay in
alignment with the front derailleur even if the arms come loose, not so
with other designs. Just my experience with BB/cranks. Me, I use tried
and true Square taper cranks and keep up just fine! The only people who
complain about the flex are those behind me!
November 13, 2008--Campagnolo
North American will be spreading some holiday cheer this year,
hosting a first-ever Toy Drive and Christmas Bike Ride on Saturday,
December 13. Here's the official scoop from Campagnolo
North America president Tom Kattus: "Wanted
to alert all of you to mark your calendars for Saturday December 13,
2008 at 8:00am; this will be the kickoff of our first annual Toy Drive
and Christmas Bike Ride. The ride will leave from the Campagnolo
offices here in Carlsbad at around 10:00am and we will head out for a
nice ride on the coast; approximately 30 miles. We will have some
breakfast food and drink to fuel you for the ride. We are asking
everyone to bring a new unwrapped toy for children infant to 17 yrs of
age. The toys will be donated to Children’s Hospital of SD and Voices
for Children- SD Chapter; these are two very deserving charities.
Please pass this email along to anyone you think would be interested in
Campy Only fans, consider yourselves invited. By the way,
Campagnolo North America is located at 5431 Avenida Encinas, Suite C,
Carlsbad, CA. 92008. Here's a map: View Larger Map
November 11, 2008--Paper
or Plastic? Innertube or Tubeless? Campagnolo is making at
least one of these choices easier. Their new "2-Way
Fit" rims, which are (no pun intended) rolling out soon,
allow the use of standard clinchers and Hutchinson's tubeless
clinchers. Read more and see photos of the new rims here.
November 9, 2008--And
here's Jeffery Rumbold, in a shot taken while he was on patrol in
Afghanistan last month. Campy Only wishes Jeffrey and all of
our men and women in arms a safe and speedy return.
November 7, 2008--You
never know where you'll find a Campy fan! Today's case in
point: US Navy Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Rumbold, currently
stationed with the US Army in Afghanistan. Jeffrey took his
Dremel tools with him and, in his off hours, engages in his hobby of
recreating "drillium" parts from the 1980s. Here are
photos of his work, which is often available on eBay. (Look
for his seller id: colnagomanwa
25, 2008--We opened our review copy of "Campagnolo:
75 Years of Cycling Passion" and found on page 136 ... Us!
Campy Only is prominently featured as an example of the devotion of
its fans. Campy Only thanks Campagnolo for this
recognition. Click here
for another view of the book.
1, 2008--On the subject of "It Goes to Eleven"
is a new reason why Campagnolo introduced several 11-speed systems
this year. Speaking to the Tucson
Citizen, Campagnolo spokesman Brian
Sarmiento said that the key reason is faster shifting, not
more gears. Pro races, he pointed out, are sometimes won
by milliseconds, so the reduced cog spacing and resulting faster
shifts could mean the difference between winning and losing.
Campy Only isn't quite sure how this translates into the real world,
where most of us are more likely to try to be the first at the
coffee shop for the Saturday morning ride ...
25, 2008--If you've read our pages, you'll know that we're big
fans of Richard Sach's frames (we are fortunate to own one).
Now you have a chance to get your own Sachs. 100 raffle
chances are on sale for a custom made Sachs. Click
here for more info and to buy raffle chances online.
Proceeds benefit the Histiocytosis
Association of American and Wheels
September 25, 2008--A
reader sent us these photos of a very special 75th Anniversary
Campagnolo jersey. Rumors are that only 75 of these have
been produced, each in a special, numbered wooden case. Sorry,
but our reader tells us these are intended for industry insiders
September 23, 2008--Campagnolo
is releasing a "lavish" book documenting the company's
history to coincide with their 75th Anniversary. The hardcover
book, with color and black-and-white illustrations, will be 160
pages long, and will include "archival material from the
Campagnolo family and Campagnolo company that has never been
previously published." Watch for it on sale at www.velopress.comClick here to
read the official press release. Campy Only notes that the last "official" book on
Campagnolo history, "The Giant and the
File," was never
released for wide distribution, and remains mostly in the hands of
collectors. Printed in the 1980s after the death of Tullio
Campagnolo, it was (we are told) not liked by Valentino Campagnolo.
September 23, 2008--The
has posted a lengthy but well-documented blog on what he sees as a "problem"
with the new Ultra Torque system. Specifically, RM
asks the same question we have posed to ourselves--how does Ultra
Torque adjust to varying bottom bracket widths, given that there's
nothing to adjust in the UT bottom bracket (basically, you assemble
it and tighten it down)? Check out Rogue's post and email
us with your thoughts. (For the record, we haven't had
any problems with our
Ultra Torque crankset.)
3, 2008--We have a copy of the information Campagnolo is sending
to all of their dealers, with full technical details on the entire 2009
lineup. 67 pages of information (and a 3-meg PDF
download). Enjoy. Thanks to an anonymous reader for
forwarding this file to us!
July 6, 2008--VeloNews
reports that seven riders were signed up to ride with 11-speed
gruppos in the Tour de France. All but one (Robbie
McEwen) started with 11-speed bikes. More info here: http://www.velonews.com/article/79345/http://www.velonews.com/article/79345/
VeloNews points out the obvious dilemma that 11-speed riders would
face: No 11-speed wheels available from neutral support.
For the official Campagnolo press release on 11-speed in the
Tour, click here
July 2, 2008--The
official Campagnolo web site was updated today with a link to info
on the 11-speed gruppo. See it at www.campagnolo.com
July 1, 2008--The
folks over at VeloNews.com have a nice article on the
features of the 2009 Record and Chorus gruppos: Click
June 22, 2008--What's
up with ErgoBrain? Close inspection of the new
"Super Record" Ergo lever hoods seems to show that the
buttons to operate Campagnolo's integrated computer aren't there,
which leads us to believe the ErgoBrain can't count to 11.
We'll know for sure when the new catalog hits the streets.
June 20, 2009--Here's
a photo of the inside of the hall (shown in the photo in our June 18
entry) at the unveiling of the 2009 lineup. Visible in the
front row are Valentino Campagnolo, Eddy Merckx, and Miguel Indurain.
June 18, 2008--Thanks
to our readers, we've been flooded with info on the new 2009 gruppos.
Here are photos, news, and links. Among the tidbits of info for
2009: Good News: Three 11-speed gruppos: Chorus, Record and Super Record.
(Two gruppos--Centaur and Veloce--will come in 10-speed)
Ceramic bearings in Record and Super Record
Shamal wheels will feature a "2-way fit," allowing the use
of tubeless and clincher tires on the same rims
11 speed come with a 4-year warranty Bad News: Campagnolo is dumbing down Record and Chorus rather than making Super Record a super version of 2008
Record. The Record rear mech has lost its Ti bolts; the Chorus brakes have lost
their hidden pivot design and their bearings Photos (left to right): "Raising the Level"
banners; Record ergo lever, Chorus ergo lever, 11-speed cassette;
Record crankset, Record 11-speed rear derailleur. Links: Guidorubino.com Fiets.nl Rouesartisenales.com
May 25, 2008--First
rumors about 2009:
--"Super Record" will return as an 11-speed gruppo.
A narrower chain will let the system work with existing
wheels. In addition to shifting on an 11-speed cassette, the
Ergo levers will look different from current models.
Look for limited availability in September, with more stock coming
--Some wheels will be updated with ceramic bearings and tubular
rims --Some new gruppos may be added (the first in several years)
--Electronic shifting continues to be refined, but don't look for it
in your bike shop next year. Email us if you
have any info to add!
April 24, 2008--Just
under two months after the departure of Richard Storino, Campagnolo
North America has a new General Manager: Tom Kattus. Click
here to read Campagnolo's official press release.
So ... who is Tom Kattus? A Google search turns up a
few links, among them this
one, which apparently shows his previous employer, a San
Diego-area clothing manaufacturer. You can also see how he did
in a 2004
triathlon. Mr. Kattus also worked previously for
We here at Campy Only also note this comment from the folks at
Slowtwitch.com: "Did the Italian component icon intend to project a more
helpful and friendly corporate face when it chose its new U.S.
General Manager? Campagnolo NA's president, Angelo Caccia,
specifically cited Kattus' "reputation in the industry, and his
excellent attitude, demeanor and integrity." So, perhaps it
What will this mean for Campagnolo's penetration in triathlon? Campy
can't have postured itself worse in multisport than it has over the
past two decades, at least in North America. Kattus ties to
multisport, and his easy demeanor, at least allow for a door into
triathlon through which Campy might enter. But with SRAM's powerful
set of multisport-friendly component options and robust stable of
pro triathletes, as well as Shimano's established hegemony in this
sport, Kattus will have his work cut out for him." Slowtwitch also notes that Campagnolo has, "a reputation
in the U.S. for making exceptional products, backed by a
less-helpful approach to issues like delivery, warranty, and ease of
use by OEMs." So why are we using precious bandwidth to make note of
Slowtwitch's comments? First of all, because in our opinion they are
right on. And, because we were castigated recently by an
acquaintance of Mr. Storino's who felt that when Campy Only said the
same things about the former General Manager that we were unfair and
wrong. Maybe we weren't--at least we're not the only ones who see
room for improvement in Campagnolo's North American operations. Open note to Tom Kattus: We'd love to talk. Send
us an email and
let's exchange phone numbers.
April 23, 2008--New
photos of the coming Record Electronic gruppo, this time
captured at a race by a Danish web site. Thanks to a sharp-eyed
reader for sending these to us.
16, 2008--Quick bit of Campy-related trivia ... Did you know
that film actress Amy Adams (currently appearing in
"Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day") was born in
Vicenza? Now you do. More about Amy: http://amy-adams.org/
13, 2004--Read more about the continuing saga of Tim Brockett
(the founder of Branford Bike) as he rebuilds after the devastating
fire that claimed his home and business in Montana: http://timslife.com/shop/shop.html
24, 2008--Looks like Campagnolo heard from fans (like us) who
asked why it was only the pros who would get to use their new
"Red" gruppo (see our December
rumor). The Red gruppo features stronger springs that make the
levers feel more like they used to before Campagnolo started
weakening the springs for a "lighter" action. We
have heard from fans who complain that the new, weaker springs also
wear out faster ... Kudos to Campagnolo for bringing back the
stronger springs in a limited edition of gruppos for consumers (remember "New Coke"?)
March 24, 2008--Your
local bike shop's ability to stock Campagnolo just got easier. Bicycle
Technologies International, a major wholesaler of
bicycling-related equipment, has added Campagnolo to its product
lineup. Check it out at www.bti-usa.com... but don't expect to see prices, since they don't sell retail
to the public.
28, 2008--Industry sources report that Richard Storino,
longtime head of Campagnolo's USA operation, has left the
company. Storino had worked for Campagnolo for 23 years,
rising to the position of General Manager of Campagnlo North
America. Storino's position is being filled on an interim
basis by Giada Casarotto, who is also in charge of Campagnolo's Fulcrum
17, 2008--Lest we forget: 2008 is the 75th Anniversary of
the founding of Campagnolo in 1933!
January 17, 2008--Campagnolo
has announced that it will sponsor seven Pro-Tour and nine
continental teams. From the company's official press release:
"In the 2008 season Campagnolo will still be the technical
sponsor of the World Champion, Paolo Bettini, and of his Quick-Step
team-mates as well as of other titles Pro-Tour teams: Bouygues
Telecom, Caisse d’Epargne, Cofidis, Lampre-Fondital, Liquigas and
Campagnolo will also supply material to nine Continental teams:
Acqua & Sapone, Aisan Racing Team, BMC USA, G.S. CSF Group
Navigare, G.S. Tinkoff, Jelly Belly, LPR, Nippo, and
Campagnolo will provide Record gruppos to all of these teams.
The company will also provide wheels to three teams: ouygues
Telecom, Caisse d’Epargne and Predictor-Lotto. Read more here
17, 2008--Here we go again, with another effort by Campagnolo to
inject life into their (as we see it) moribund clothing line.
An official press
release from Campagnolo talks up their new "It's always
a perfect day" slogan, touting the ability of their clothing to
make any day acceptable for riding. (Side note: The new slogan
reminds us a lot of "It's always a good day for a ride," a
line frequently used in the online TV series "The
Bicyclist". Check out the first couple of episodes to
hear it.) Among the new initiatives Campagnolo is trying out
are a special line of women's clothing and a "Factory
Team" line that will use the company's logo more prominently
than they have in the past. (Side note #2: There used to be plenty
of companies out there making clothes that helped us '... feel part
of the Campagnolo racing team' -- Campagnolo shut them down years
ago when they launched their own line.) Read the entire
official press release here
17, 2007--OK, there's no Campy on it, but our made-in-India town
bike is pretty cool anyway. See it here
10, 2007--As we reported in the rumor below, competitor SRAM is
offering a new "Red" gruppo that's lighter than
Record. Not to be outdone, Campagnolo is now offering a
special, pro-only Ergo lever set with (guess what) red highlights. The red
letter levers have stiffer springs for the stiffer, crisper shifts
demanded by the pros. They won't be offered to the public,
which Campagnolo feels is well-served by the softer, less crisp
shifts of the latest levers. Campy Only notes that
Campagnolo's transition to lighter shifts is fairly recent--their
Ergo levers originally had a much more solid feel. For
November 29, 2007--In
a recent article about top end road gruppos, industry magazine Bicycle
Retailer and Industry News noted that Campagnolo's position
as the lightest road gruppo (Record) was lost this year to upstart SRAM,
whose "Red" group is the first ever to get below 2,000
grams. BRAIN went on to comment on Campagnolo's lack of market
share at the lower ends of the market, where hardly any bicycle
manufacturers spec Campy on their production line bikes. Said
BRAIN, "Campagnolo's lower groups lack the 'known value' that
Shimano and now even SRAM possess said [bike maker] Jamis'
[Greg] Webber. Combined with long lead and delivery times, demand
for Campagnolo is now more than ever limited to a small but
passionate segment of the high-end market."
12, 2007--In a rare online sighting (or is it
"reading"?) Campagnolo president and managing
director Valentino Campagnolo had a few words to say about
EICMA, the major Italian bicycle industry trade show. The
folks over at Bicycle Retailer and Industry News reported
that Campagolo said the following: “The timing is slightly late but it remains an important show
for people who love handcrafted bicycles,” said Valentino
Campagnolo, president and managing director of the renowned Italian
componentry company bearing his name. “We’re here to introduce
the new product range to shops and bicycle enthusiasts.”
He was also quoted as saying, “Our presence here costs money
but enthusiasts expect to see Campagnolo."
For more: http://www.bicycleretailer.com/news/newsDetail/603.html
November 12, 2007--Longtime
Campy Only sponsor Branford
Bike has been back open most of this year, recovering
for a devastating
2006 fire. Here are photos of the new store in
Seattle: If you're in the neighborhood, check the shop out. They're at
2404 10th Ave. E., Seattle, WA, which is here:
Or ... here
4, 2007--From the "who really cares' file comes news that
Campagnolo has launched a web site devoted entirely to its pricey
clothing line: www.campagnolocyclingapparel.com
We've been opining for years on this web site that Campagnolo's
clothing is boring and overpriced--when you can find it. No bike
shop that we know of in Northern California carries it (except
rarely on deep clearance). We didn't see any Campagnolo
clothing at the bike shops we recently visited in France. In
fact, the only shop we have ever seen with a complete line of
Campagnolo's clothing was in Vancouver, BC. Now that they've
launched the web site, maybe it's time to get the product out in the
4, 2007--May we say that Campagnolo's new hubs are just ...
ugly? We're getting a new set of wheels built and wanted to use
Record hubs. Problem #1--they only come in black. Problem #2--Chorus
hubs aren't offered this year (just Record). Problem #3--Centaur
hubs for 2007 look like cheap Japanese hubs from three years ago.
Whatever happened to style? Campagnolo's desire to trim weight has
also resulted in a heinously ugly design that carries none of the
style we have all come to know and love. BTW, our "new"
wheels will be rebuilt on a set of existing (stylish) Record hubs
from about five years ago. They should be good for at least another
September 16, 2007--As
previously reported here (see this March 22
Rumors entry), Taiwanese component manufacturer Fulcrum
has parterned with Campagnolo to produce components designed in
Italy. It has been pointed out that Fulcrum's entry in the off-road
wheel market now means that an all-Campy MTB drivetrain is
now possible (if you stretch that definition a little to include
Fulcrum's wheels). Campy's flat bar controls fit nicely on MTB bars,
and there's a wide range of compact or double cranks available, plus
July 16, 2007--Official
news about the 2008 lineup. Highlights:
Completely redefined front derailleur for the Record and Chorus
groupsets. The Centaur groupset gets a carbon fibre crankset option.
The Shamal Ultra wheel comes with an additional finish: Titanium.
Details: New Record and Chorus front derailleurs The Record and Chorus front derailleurs have been completely
redesigned. The new 2008 range versions have a standardized fork,
compatible both with standard and compact cranksets, and new body
and inner plate designs which provide a marked improvement in
Front derailleur body: The new body has been designed to
embrace the two plates, the inner one and the front one. As a result
the system is much more rigid and produces higher shifting
performance, especially when shifting up with force from the
smallest sprocket to the largest, i.e. at the most critical moment.
Front derailleur fork: the new fork design was developed to
function perfectly with both standard and CT Campagnolo cranksets.
The new fork retains the front part of the previous CT front
derailleur, in other words the part that couples the chain at the
moment of shifting towards the largest sprocket. But the rest of the
fork is new. The curving and height of the fork are the fruit of
laboratory testing which made it possible to establish a perfectly
effective form in the case of both standard and compact sprockets.
Front derailleur inner plate: the new inner plate is
overturned and pulled back compared with the previous one. This
solution improves chain thrust when shifting towards the largest
sprocket. Now the point at which the plate pushes on the front
derailleur is in the middle part of the fork and no longer at the
front. The result is a greater force applied to the fork and an
increase in the rigidity of the whole.
Centaur, Veloce and Mirage front derailleurs The front derailleurs of the Centaur, Veloce and Mirage
groupsets adopt the new standardized fork for Standard and Compact
Centaur Carbon crankset The Centaur groupset will have an Ultra-Torque Carbon crankset
option. The Centaur groupset, which with its technology and
technical solutions is in no way inferior to competition groupsets,
offers the Ultra-Torque carbon fibre crankset option in the 2008
range. Campagnolo therefore continues the march begun last year to
bring the distinctive technological pluses of its top range to the
middle range too: Ultra-Torque crankset, Skeleton brakes and carbon
fibre. All of this, obviously, at a more reasonable price.
Shamal Ultra wheel with new Titanium finish Last year Campagnolo introduced a new top range wheel, the
Shamal Ultra, which placed itself at the top of the Campagnolo
aluminium wheel range. Just as with the first Shamal, the Shamal
Ultra has been made with the best technologies and the finest
materials. Shamal Ultra was conceived as a multipurpose wheel,
effective in every situation, and all this excellence would have to
be recognizable at first sight - which is why Campagnolo chose the
gold colour for its debut year.
Shamal Ultra was one of the most successful products in 2007 and so
Campagnolo decided to offer it in two colour versions for the next
season: Gold and the new Titanium. A sober and elegant colour, which
sticks out from the crowd and perfectly matches different frame
colours. Shamal rims have a differentiated section: 26 mm for the
front rim and 30 for the rear. This solution is currently the one
which offers the maximum result in terms of performance and
reliability. This is because we have a light and very steerable
wheel at the front and a rigid and reactive wheel at the rear. The
rims are lightened between the spoke insertion zones, namely in that
section of the rim where you can reduce the thicknesses without
compromising the solidity of the structure. The top bridge of the
rims has no holes, and this translates into greater torsional
rigidity and vertical elasticity for the wheel. The rear rim is
drilled asymmetrically to obtain an improved wheel dish and a more
correct distribution of stresses. Dynamic wheel balancing is assured
by special milling in the section opposite the joint to balance the
mass of the joint during wheel rotation.
The variable-section aluminium aero spokes are distributed radially
on the front wheel and with Campagnolo's G3 geometry on the rear.
Their tensioning is assured by aluminium nipples which lighten the
system and simplify maintenance operations.
The hubs feature a carbon fibre central body and aluminium flanges
with special machining to lighten them. There is an oversize
aluminium axle and rotation is entrusted to adjustable bearings with
15 balls, also available optionally in ceramic. The rear hub has an
oversize righthand flange to increase torsional rigidity and
therefore transfer of the drive torque. Shamal Ultra wheels adopt a
freewheel body which integrates the pawl carrier presented by
Campagnolo last September.
The quick releases have a forged aluminium handle and two anchoring
points for even
distribution of the operating force.
Shamal Ultra is compatible with Campagnolo and HG drivetrains and is
available in clincher
and tubular versions.
Weight: 1,395 grams.
10, 2007--From www.cyclingnews.com
... photos of the Electronic Gruppo at Stage 2 of the Tour de
France. Will someone tell us again why we should buy an
expensive gruppo that stops shifting when the batteries run
out? Photos here
June 26, 2007--Lest
we forget, next year will mark Campagnolo's 75th year in
business. You may have already read about this elsewhere
(including the official site), but they're having a contest to
celebrate the event: Campagnolo celebrates 75th anniversary VICENZA,
Italy – The famous Italian brand kicks off its 75th anniversary in 2008
with an art contest. Fans can create the graphics for the Bora wheel.
The renowned Italian component maker wants to celebrate this important
milestone along with its many enthusiasts all over the world. It has
therefore organized a competition, Bora Art, what will give an
extraordinary chance to its fans to create a graphic design for the
The theme will be: “Bora: epitome of technology, performance, speed and success”. To join, check on
and download the participation kit. The competition has just started
and creations can be mailed up to September 14. The 10 selected
creations will be exhibited at the EICMA Bici Show in Milan next
November, and published on the Campagnolo Bora Art website to allow the
public to choose the winner. The winners will be awarded with the
following prizes: 1st: a bike fitted with Chorus groupset and Bora
wheels with the winning graphics; 2nd a bike fitted with Centaur
groupset and Eurus wheels and 3rd: a bike with Mirage groupset and
23, 2007--We took our Campy-equipped Rivendell for a ride in the
here for photos.
May 17, 2007--Campy
Only sponsor Total Cycling reports that they're nearly sold
out of higher-end silver hubs, and having trouble finding more to
sell. They suggest that, unless supply improves, Record and
Chorus hubs could become almost ... collectible.
22, 2007--When is an Ultra Torque crank not a Campagnolo
Ultra Torque crank? When it's made by Fulcrum. The
Taiwan-based component maker, which already markets wheels designed
by Campagnolo, will start selling a line of cranksets based on the
Ultra Torque system, according to ppolnews.com. Two
models will be offered, both in carbon fiber. The pricier
"RS" version is advertised at 699 grams (with cups and
bearings), while the "R" model weighs in at 751
grams. Hollow arms and alloy chainring bolts bring the
weight down on the RS. More info here
March 21, 2007--The
British online cycling mag roadcyclinguk.com asked a top pro
what the biggest difference between Campagnolo and ShimaNO is.
His answer? "The shape of the levers." That's it, at
least according to Australian Matt
White, who rode for Discovery Channel in 2006 and 2007.
"When the equipment is kept in good condition and replaced
regularly, like it is on our race bikes, we don't have too many
stuff ups from either groupset. I'm happy to ride both."
Full report here
March 11, 2007--Thanks
to the reader who spotted these photos of the latest version of the electronic
gruppo. The system is looking more finished than ever, but
we will say again (as one of the posters on the BB where the photos
were reproduced) that this gruppo is the answer to the question
nobody asked. Look at the battery under the bottle cage, the
hefty plunger that works the front mech, and the heavy duty wire
that is run (with zip ties, no less) all the way to the rear of the
bike. Why would you carry all this stuff and have to
put up with worrying about a dead battery out on the road that will
turn your 20-speed into a 1-speed? Having said that, we will
once again predict that, no matter how expensive the electronic
system is, Campagnolo will sell every single one that they make.
8, 2007--Anyone who knows Richard Sachs also knows that he is
decidedly unromantic about his frames. He builds them to be
ridden, not just looked at (witness his sponsorship of cyclocross, a
sport that involves taking his bikes and throwing them over barriers
into the frozen mud). He makes finely crafted tools, which
also happen to be showpieces. However, Richard is craftsman
enough to appreciate the art involved in what he does, and he has
now collaborated with photographer Jeffrey
Weir, of Greenwich, Connecticut, to produce a minimalist book
comprised solely of photographs of his frames. Even if you're
not a fan of traditional steel, there's lots to look at here.
If you are a fan of steel and Sachs, it's just the thing to while
away the days waiting for your frame to arrive ... More info here
6, 2007--Is this the ancestor of the Ergo lever?
Inventor Joel Evett told Campy Only that he showed this working
prototype of an integrated shift/brake lever to Campagnolo in the
1970s. According to Evett, Tullio Campagnolo himself
dismissed it as a novelty. Evett does indeed hold patents from
the 1970s on integrated shift/brake systems. He has come up
with eight different versions of a new system (see it here
at the bottom of the page) that replaces Ergo's pivoting levers with
a single scroll wheel. Who knows--we may see it on the road
See Evett's patents hereMore photos from Cyclingnews.com here
February 13, 2007--Trademark
issues have prompted the owner of www.tuttocampagnolo.com to
change the name of his web site to www.tuttocampybici.com.The use of "Campagnolo" in the web address caused the
7, 2007--Campagnolo has won the season's first European pro
race, at the GP
d'Ouverture La Marseillaise. Jeremy Hunt of the Unibet
squad is shown taking the race by several lengths. (Hunt's
unusual jersey design is the result of a dispute over whether Unibet
can advertise in France.) Photo source: VeloNews.com
February 5, 2007--Official
news from Campagnolo reports that they will be the parts provider
for ten pro-tour and ten continental professional teams for the 2007
season. The teams include:
Caisse d’Epargne (*)
Quick-Step – Innergetic
Predictor – Lotto (*)
Acqua e Sapone (*)
G.S. Tinkoff (*)
Jelly Belly (*)
Miyata – Subaru (*)
Relax – Gam (*)
Team Jacques – T. Interim (*)
official news release:
February 2007 - Campagnolo will be the technical sponsor of 10
Pro-Tour and 10 Continental teams in the 2007 season. This is
considerable increase over the already conspicuous investment
last year when it had 8 Pro-Tour and 5 Continental teams on
the starting line.
The reason for this decision is quite simple: Campagnolo came
into being from a passion for the racing world, and all its
products sprang from this. A few years after its debut in
professional racing, Campagnolo became an integral part of
that world, immediately winning the toughest challenges:
extreme conditions of use and the fastidiousness of the great
champions – sometimes theirs whims as well. The passion for
racing, combined with these two factors, was the motor that
drove the Vicenza company to produce components and wheels
which would always be one step ahead of its champions'
expectations. The result? Campagnolo has been a synonym for
passion and for bike components of the highest quality for
over 70 years.
This year Campagnolo can boast of the presence among its
athletes of two World Champions, Paolo Bettini and Tom Boonen,
and of the two Pro-Tour winners, Alejandro Valverde and Danilo
The teams sponsored by Campagnolo will use Record components,
in particular the new Ultra-Torque crankset in the standard
and CT versions, the new Skeleton brakes, and the Bora Ultra,
Hyperon Ultra, Shamal Ultra, Neutron Ultra, Eurus and Ghibli
4, 2007--We're a few days late (sorry!), but it's worth noting
that Branford Bike, a longtime friend of Campy enthusiasts
(and a Campy Only sponsor for more than ten years) is open again in
a new physical location (Seattle) but the same web address: www.branfordbike.com
Check out their web site--the new store will be stocking the same
items you've come to depend on them for. Welcome back, BB!
3, 2007--Longtime ShimaNO users Specialized will be
riding on Campy-equipped bikes for 2007. Well, mostly Campy
... check out this photo from www.specialized.com
that shows a decidely non-Campy crankset and a pair of Roval wheels.