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Campagnolo rolling out 12-speed road groups

Published April 9, 2018

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Campagnolo is introducing 12-speed Super Record and Record groups in rim-brake and disc-brake configurations. Both versions have mechanical shifting, rather than electronic, and the new 12-speed groups are compatible with the company's 11-speed cassette bodies thanks to a narrower chain and cog spacing.

The company said it has improved its shifting with new indexing internals and lever throw. There's no longer any free movement in the shift lever before the shifting begins. The levers allow riders to downshift up to five sprockets and upshift up to three with one movement.

The groups also includes new low-friction cables and housings.

The four-arm, eight-bolt carbon cranks is available with ring combinations: 50/34, 52/36 and 53/39.

The Record crankset comes with a steel axle and USB ceramic bearings; the Super Record version has a titanium axle, CULT ceramic bearings and extra carbon support for the large ring. Both come in 165, 170, 172.5 and 175mm lengths.

The 12-speed cassettes will be available in 11-29t and 11-32t. The company claims the new 12-speed chain is lighter than its 11-speed chains but just as durable.

The rim brake groups are available with dual-pivot, direct-mount or single bolt versions. The direct-mount calipers allow tyres up to 32mm wide. The groups include the same hydraulic disc calipers the company introduced last year. 

The rim-brake Super Record groups will be available in May, followed in June/July by Super Record disc groups.


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